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My 12yr tricolor aussie mix has been getting irritated paws from the pavement lately.


*you don't need to read this. its just a bit of background*
Call us horrible owners, but we've never taken her out for walks, until around may this year. Reason being, I was too young to walk her by myself when we got her. My parents were also more focused on just house and potty training her. Because of that, she became aggressive towards strangers. She never chewed anything(maybe one of my toys, but thats pretty much it) and only got anxious if we left her alone too long. then a few years ago she got into a habit nearly as bad as chewing-licking. she licked her feet so much she'd lose fur in certain areas. she'd constantly lick the floor, her bed, her chair, the couch, my dad's bed, etc. The only way we stopped this/had her take it down a notch, was walking. We only took her out on night walks, and she did very well. then about two or so weeks ago, we took her out in the day time for the very first time. Not sure why, but she did a lot better than my nephew's dog, who gets lots of exercise and walks. She didn't bark at one person or go after another dog.

but on to the real problem. about a week or two ago, i've noticed that inbetween her toes looked similar to this dog(sorry i can't get photos of her. I will try tomorrow)
http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt317/dtcary/0201002008.jpg
but not that much. it was just mostly her back feet.

i dont know if this means anything, but since she was maybe two or three years old, maybe a little older, the bottom of her feet have always been red. Well, the white parts of her fur any way. Not a deep red, light and faint but noticable.


So what I'm asking is, is there anything to recommend? Vet isn't an option, according to my mother. She won't even talk to me about it. I'm also looking for booties. I've seen Ultra Paws, but their booties seem to have mixed reviews. There is one place where I can have her on the leash with lots of grass, but I still feel that it isn't enough for her, you know?
 

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Often, that redness is a result of being licked.

When she was younger, she probably licked things because she was bored. But she also could have licked her paws because they were bothering her for some reason.

My Aussie's legs and paws started turning red about a year ago (she's 11 now, was 10 then). We spoke with a vet and she said it was due to her arthritis, and the licking was because she was trying to make her sore paws/legs feel better.

It could really be any number of things - boredom, allergies, soreness. My vet tried a few different pain things with my dog and finally we settled on aspirin which makes her feel so much better, but I would not recommend you give your dog any without the approval of a vet, especially as something else could be the culprit.
 

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She can also be licking because she has allergies. You can try spraying bitter apple spray on her paws so she won't lick them that much.

Amazon.com : Grannick's Bitter Apple for Dogs Spray Bottle, 16 Ounces : Grannick's : Pet Deterrent Sprays : Pet Supplies

I also use these booties on my dogs to protect their paws when we go for walks. But they should only be left on for short periods of time. Please don't leave them on for hours, their paws need to breathe.

Pet Boots : Amazon.com: Pawz Red Water-Proof Dog Boot, Small, Up to 2-1/2-Inch
 
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