How to Treat my Dog's Nail/Paw Infection (Paronychia or Pododermatitiis)
How Do I Treat My Dog's Nail Infection? or, toe/paw infection
A typical treatment for a dog nail infection (paronychia) or paw/toe infection (also called dog pododermatitis) is to soak the paw with an anti-bacterial/anti-fungal product such as Banixx Pet Care. Soaking with Banixx is an easy remedy to follow and hence it's easy to stick with. It’s important to keep the affected nail/paw clean, free of dirt and debris in between soakings. And keep it as dry as possible, even if this means your dog must wear a water-proof bootie. Most dogs recover in short order and return happily to their previous activities.
So, What Caused My Dog's Nail Infection or Pododermatitis (Paw Infection) ?
An infection in your dog’s nail or paw can start off with an injury, a wound, or just too much play as with young dogs or puppies. In rare cases, it may be due to a systemic disease. Paronychia is a type of nail infection that causes inflammation around the nail or claw. Fungal infections, such as onychomycosis, can also occur in or around the dog's nail bed. Moreover, Pododermatitis (Interdigital Dermatitis) is the result of swelling and redness of the tissue between your dog's toes and in between the footpads. It's very painful and your dog may not want to move at all. Pododermatitis is a very common canine skin condition that may also affect the nail.
If your dog has a wounded or injured paw, he is now susceptible to a nail bed infection which can arise from simple contact with his environment. Examples that come to mind are ordinary functions such as, walking your dog on soil, a sidewalk, a field or exposure to any other non-sterile environment, which is just where dogs spend their time!. During this vulnerable time you will need to organize your dog's exercise so as to keep the environment as clean as possible. Additionally, if the dog’s toe is swollen around the toe nail, it can be painful for the dog to walk and play. You may need to take steps to protect his paws by wrapping them and ensuring those paws are as clean and dry as possible after exercise. This may not be easy since many dogs seem to almost have a fetish or distinct dislike/fear about having their paws touched. Treats can go a long way to distract them while you are trying to clean up or wrap their paws/nails.
Symptoms may include:
- A swollen nail bed on one or more of your dog's nails/swollen around the toe nail, or across the paw in general
- Pain in the paw/foot or limping
- Visual signs of injury
- Your dog starts chewing or licking excessively at some irritation or damage in the nail or paw area or your dog is biting his nails.
- Discharge or pus coming out of the nail bed and a foul smell coming from your dog's paw or nail (caused by the infection)
- A discolored, soft, or brittle claw/nail
How do I treat My Dog’s Nail or Infected Paw?
When you use Banixx Pet Care as a paw-soak solution, it stops the growth of bacteria in its tracks since Banixx provides an environment where bacteria or fungus simply cannot grow! The best part of this paw-soak treatment for your dog is that Banixx is a painless and odorless solution, so it won’t frighten or hurt your pet, nor will it discolor his fur. This makes application a breeze for both pooch and owner. Since we know that dogs smell so much better than humans, Banixx's lack of added scent is a huge bonus when treating. Consider also running hot water over the outside of the Banixx bottle to make the contents lukewarm instead of cold. Immersion of your dog’s paw into a cold liquid or spraying his paw with a cold liquid may be a bit of a shock and could alarm her. Whereas an application of lukewarm Banixx will be completely tolerable for your pup. Continue the soaking treatment until you observe that the infection has gone, this will be clearly identified by a lack of pain for your dog. If in doubt, never hesitate to consult with your veterinarian.
For more severe cases, your veterinarian may prescribe a topical antibiotic or a systemic antibiotic. An antibiotic for dog nail infection may be required in some cases; however, if caught early and by keeping the area clean with topical treatments of Banixx, you may avoid a visit to the Vet. Moreover, if veterinary intervention is required, your vet may additionally want to conduct some tests such as scrapings or biopsies to determine the extent of damage caused by the infection. Even in these situations, Banixx can be used safely in conjunction with any medication prescribed by your vet.
"My dog was constantly chewing on her paws until they bled and were inflamed with pus. Sprayed this everyday and the infection seemed to go away. Will continue to use!"Roger R., via Amazon