I get a lot, a lot of questions about pups and their inflamed paws. This generally tends to pertain to dogs. In cats, I see more belly licking and hot spots. I will talk kitties in another post.
Does your pup or doggo have itchy paws? Lots of licking? Sometimes a stale corn chip smells and even redness or a darker coloration? Some can see a lack of hair on the paws since much of it has been licked off?
Yup those are itchy paws.
They are super uncomfortable and your pupporoni is likely exhibiting linked behavior tendencies as well.
Most times itchy paws is the result of poor digestion or a food sensitivity.
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When we have a lower nutrient based diet, our guts tend to become inflamed, digestion becomes sluggish and we exhibit symptoms such as general lack of energy, anxious feelings, itchiness which can also exacerbate irritability.
Heck who likes to be itchy, right?
Yeah well, your pet, pupp or otherwise can experience these same exact maladies.
Most of our foods, hoomin foods contain tons of sugar which can help throw off the delicate bacterial balance in the gut.
The increased sugar content changes the body’s pH and allows bugs such as yeast and fungus to grow rampant.
Did you know that candida, a yeast, loves and grows like wildfire in sugar based environments?
These organisms are normally present in the body in very small amounts and are managed or kept at bay by the healthy bacteria. Since the body chemistry is off, even a little, the body odors will be more pungent.
While that is great for a glass of wine or a cheese, it certainly can cause issues with intestines and with skin.
The same is true for our pets who manifest this imbalance with itchy paws, itchy belly, ear infections and hotspots.
Now that you know the WHY, there are 2 ways to treat your companion:
1. Root cause which is diet
2. Help relieve discomfort
Let's talk about relieving discomfort and I'll target diet in another post.
Relieving discomfort will help the immediate and pressing need to help your pet feel better sooner. Nutrition will be a long term solution and will require some digging, research and I will certainly share with you everything I have learned over the years of owning dogs, breeding cats and grooming.
Discomfort can be quickly relieved with the following:
1. Regular Bath and blow dry for long haired breeds
2. Address the itchy areas with natural remedies
3. Reducing the toxic load…stay tuned for this one as well.
1. Regular bath and blow dry
Warm water and soap will be the best mechanical way of breaking down and washing away any pathogens that your pup has overgrowing on the skin. Drying with a correct dryer will help keep the area free of moisture, reducing inflammation and discomfort.
I love variable speed dryers that have no heating elements. That means a pet not familiar with a dryer can be eased into the process. Please don’t use your hair dryer. It might get too hot.
If you can't or are afraid of bathing your pet, hire a professional groomer. If you are a proud owner of a fur bearing breed such as a Siberian Husky, blow drying will be a messy business.
Use a pet shampoo which is specifically designed to the animal oils. It is much much stronger than hoomin shampoo.
If you have ever washed your dog with a hoomin shampoo, your doggo may have a wet dog smell afterwards. Well, that is because the shampoo failed to break down the thick oils and that can cause more issues. No don’t use baby shampoo.
2. Treat Itchy Areas
I do not like using salves. Just like in laboratories, salves can behave like petri dishes, giving pathogens a nice warm (heat from skin), moist (salve thank you) place to grow.
I prefer to mix up my essential oils to help cool and calm the skin inflammation while reducing unwanted bacterial growth.
My go to recipe is as follows:
1 oz (30ml) glass bottle with dropper
5 drops myrrh oil
5 drops copaiba oil
5 drops helichrysum oil
5 drops frankincense oil
1-2 drops of melissa oil
Bring up with FCO (Fractionated coconut oil). Shake, pipet on the paws or hot spot on the belly.
It is perfectly safe for your pet to lick. This recipe works for all sizes of pups.
I used this exact recipe for my Cane Corso post spay surgery and she loved it. She was 90lbs.
I use this on my kitty who is allergic and she does really well with it.
I keep this tincture on hand for myself as well.
In fact, my daughter just developed a rash from a product she tried recently. Just 2 days of this exact recipe on her hands, legs and back and the rash is no longer visible!
This recipe really works wonders.
Want to know how it works? Let me break this down for you:
Myrrh oil is not only for cleansing but also soothing of skin. This oil has been used for medicinal purposes for countless ages.
Copaiba has BCP or β-caryophyllene which is known to reduce inflammation.
Helichrysum has γ-curcumene and is known to be calming.
Frankincense helps rejuvinate the skin and is known to support chemical functions of oils it is blended with. It's the king of oils. Not only that, Frank for short is known to inhibit bacteria!
Melissa also contains BCP and is known for its healing powers. Melissa also contains geranial and neral which are known for their soothing and relaxing properties.
Most people head straight for lavender. They are not wrong.
The above 5 oils are just such an incredible powerhouse!
I use them on my pets. Cats and dogs. Any inflammation, chin acne, post spay surgery support.
I use it on my hands and blisters, rashes and even bruises!
Here is a link to order up your powerhouse 5!