Bulldog Scratches and Bites His Paws

Posted by Shelamar (Cleveland, usa) on 07/03/2007

My English Bulldog scratches and bites his paws bloody between the toes because they are so raw have formed blood blisters it seems that I can barely touch him with a damp cloth and he will bleed. I have tried the mange cure and I do not believe his ailment to be mange actually I think it has caused more damage than good. I have tried neem oil and it seems to work. I have tried the staight acv over his paws he will continue to bite himself raw. I will feed him a holistic diet right now I feed hime merrick buffalo and venicin he seems to tolerate it. Oh yeah he smells awful around the face where his skin is just raw and bloody from scratching. The vet dipped him in Mitaban and he is on cephelaxon for the past 3 months with no help. Please help I have tried about everything and I hope I will not kill the poor dog in the process of trying to heal him. I try to go a day or 2 without anything on the dog but it just seems to get worse

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
384 posts

Shelamar: If the condition is not due to mange, than the issue is either due to staphylococcus problems and or a severe fungus infection. It is often best to try a simpler remedy with 1 tablespoon of magnesium hydroxide, 1 tablespoon of magnesium sulfate (epsom salt) and 1 tablespoon of borax (anti-fungal properties) in one cup to one and one half cup of in 1% hydrogen peroxide solution.

It is possible that ammonium carbonate, ammonium bicarbonate or ammonium chloride can be added (about 1 tablespoon also as it has antifungal properties, but this can be left out because borax should handle most of the problem). The solution is applied (using a latex glove to the area of the face and other, without rinsing.

However the mentioning of blisters, is one other issue that the condition can be shingles or viral cause. Therefore, a 1 tablespoon magnesium chloride (or possibly epsom salt) plus zinc chloride 1/4 tablespoon zinc chloride in one cup of water can be applied as frequently as possible to the less sensitive areas such as the paws FIRST to see if it irritates the skin. The second remedy is antiviral and ideally is applied every hour or so for at least 6 times a day, the blisters should generally be gone the next day. It is quite possible that the unknown microbes involved appears to be acid resistant and therefore an addition of 1 tablespoon of milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide solution, but NO aluminum please) added to this could strenghten the kill much more effectively. This should generally be applied as a topical solution.

Hopefully this remedy deals with flesh eating bacteria and viral (staph and shingles) which is the other remedy that has worked in case mange was not the cause.


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