Any dog paw wrap strategies my dog won't chew off? Also, hot spot remedies?

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Old 12-10-2017, 08:35 PM
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Any dog paw wrap strategies my dog won't chew off? Also, hot spot remedies?

Greetings all!

I have a two-year old Australian Shepherd that has the unfortunate tendency to periodically (maybe four times a year) worry at one of his toes/paws until he licks the hair off and develops a hot spot. We have been thru this enough times to know that there does not really appear to be anything obviously causing the irritation...maybe initially it was a foxtail or splinter that he was aiming at, but neither we nor the vets can ever find much.

Obviously, two solutions that present themselves is to wrap the paw, or put an e-collar on him, and let the paw heal. However, he rips off every wrap we put on him in a matter of minutes. No bitter-tasting substance remotely deters him. And he would go crazy in an e-collar (plus he couldn't take himself out thru the doggy door to go to the bathroom). He is actually a very difficult dog to 'treat' because he rebels mightily if he thinks you are gonna inspect him, or restrain him. At the vet, it takes about 4 people to restrain him so the vet can examine him. No idea why that is, but it is definitely a problem.

Is there some other kind of industrial-strength booty-style wrap that might work better than the 3M vet wrap that we have used without success? I am guessing there is not such a magical product, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask the experts here.

Also, I am going to put some kind of balm on the red/raw naked spot on his toe, and I was concerned about a product called ResQ Organics Pet Skin Treatment. Sounds good, but contains theobroma cacao, which is what chocolate is made from. That should be a 'no,' then, right? If anyone can recommend some miracle product for helps my dog's self-inflicted wounds heal more swiftly, I would love to hear about it.

For the record, eventually he seems to stop obsessing and the skin heals, but it could take a few weeks.

Any advice at all is very much appreciated!

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Old 12-12-2017, 09:42 AM
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I have been using socks for my boy. He developed a sore from salt on the sidewalks, and licks it a lot- and it's the front paw.

If you dress it, and place a sock over the paw...then tape it around the ankle, it takes longer to get off and gives the paw a chance to heal. The only thing I haven't sorted yet, is keeping the sock dry on walks...so I'm changing dressings after each walk.

Perhaps this will give you an idea for a solution to your problem. Good luck!
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I have been using socks for my boy. He developed a sore from salt on the sidewalks, and licks it a lot- and it's the front paw.

If you dress it, and place a sock over the paw...then tape it around the ankle, it takes longer to get off and gives the paw a chance to heal. The only thing I haven't sorted yet, is keeping the sock dry on walks...so I'm changing dressings after each walk.

Perhaps this will give you an idea for a solution to your problem. Good luck!
Have you tried using a plastic bag over the sock to keep it dry on walks?

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Not yet, but I was thinking about doing so. We're plowing through socks lol!

Oh- regarding ointment...coconut oil was suggested by a vet tech for dry, irritated skin, and won't harm the dog if licked off. I don't know about broken skin specifically. I'm using polysporin, but I'm also dressing it....and my guy leaves the dressing on
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Arrow fix an underlying & far-more critical issue [IMO]

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He is actually a very difficult dog to 'treat' because he rebels mightily if he thinks you are gonna inspect him, or restrain him. At the vet, it takes about 4 people to restrain him so the vet can examine him. No idea why that is, but it is definitely a problem.
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forget the hot-spots, & work on B-Mod of his claustrophobic freak-outs over restraint & handling.
I'm going to hazard a guess that U can't clip or grind his claws, correct?

Being a reactive fruitcake at the vet's is more life-threatening than hot-spots ever might be, IME.
Check out the late-lamented Dr Yin's book on LOW-STRESS RESTRAINT, & begin a B-Mod protocol immediately, would be my very-urgent advice.

please note for the video below, Dr Sophia was an excellent vet & a brilliant animal-advocate, but her timing absolutely stinks, LOL - so if she can achieve results, believe me, anyone can.


- terry

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Aren't there sprays that prevents dog to lick a certain part of their body?
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Just went through this with my heeler...had an infection that wouldn't go away and vet put her on aggressive antiobiotics and creams. I bought the wrap the dogs don't like to chew...she chewed it. So I then wrapped it with same wrap, put a ped sock over it, wrapped with med tape then purchased those little rubber booties for her to wear over it all to keep her from chewing and to keep wraps clean when going out.
Bingo, solved my pup's issue. Hope that helps
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The booties I use on my dog are like thick rubber balloons. They snap on around the "wrist" of the dog and expand out so they are round around the paws, my husband calls them his paddles. I am sure my dog would chew/pull any other kind off but these he doesn't even try, they are just on there. It's like he forgets his paws exist underneath them. I can't remember the brand but if you can find round rubber booties that are tight at the opening, I highly recommend them.

We use bag balm for any paw dryness and it came highly recommended. He does like to lick it off his paws though.
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