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Old 06-10-2018, 11:59 PM
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My dog keeps licking her paw

My dog won’t stop licking her paws. They are now all swollen, red and skin is broken on 2.
It started about 6 months ago. The vet said it was anxiety and gave her ‘Prozac’
It didn’t help.
He then said it was an infection, put her on antibiotics. After the first months supply of antibiotics there was no improvement. He did some tests and said she had strep and a staph infection and gave her more antibiotics.
She’s been on antibiotics for over 4 months now, no improvement; it just keeps getting worse.
I’m sure most people can agree that vets are not cheap and with almost 6 months worth of medications and several visits, I was hoping someone could give some advice thats maybe been through something similar; so I could possibly give the vet some ideas on what our next steps could be when we go back this week.
Also, I already changed her food to a grain-free, hypo-allergenic; also no improvement.
I’ve read a lot about soaking dogs feet in apple cider vinegar & water but I think that would hurt/sting her, as she has open sores on 2 paws now.
Any help would be super appreciated.
My dog is a pitbull and I’ve had bad luck in the past with other vets; this guy is super nice to her so I was hoping not to switch vets but 6 months with no results and a lot of money spent is getting pretty discouraging.
Thanks so much!!!
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Old 06-11-2018, 07:51 AM
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Ask your vet to check for allergies and yeast infection it may be something that needs a topical treatment and/or a e- collar or cone collar to end the licking and let her feet heal.

Also check anywhere she goes outside for ants - my pup, Kaila is very sensitive to ant bites, as am I and, one bite will make a sore that looks much like that one on her feet if I don't treat it as soon as I realize she has a bite. My vet gave me an antibiotic/anti bacterial ointment with lidacane in it to treat her ant bites in the hopes that she will outgrow her sensitivity. The lidacane numbs so, she doesn't want to lick and chew her feet and, the other stuff makes sure she doesn't get an infection on her feet.
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