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Q: My approximately 1-year-old Dalmatian has these odd red swollen bumps between his toes. They don’t appear to hurt, but he does lick them a lot. Any idea what’s going on?
A: Common reasons for the signs you report would include:
- Infection of the paw (pododermatitis)
For cases such as this, you can also see if there is an antibacterial shampoo that can be used on the affected area. You can dip the paw in the shampoo and warm water for 10-15 minutes twice daily.
If there is not an antibacterial shampoo you can use, then you can try another great alternative — a warm water/Epsom salt foot bath.
If your dog is licking at the area, an E-collar from your local pet store would also be a good idea to prevent further licking and irritation.
If the above suggestions don’t help, there are times when it could be a primary bacterial infection and seeing your veterinarian for examination and possibly antibiotics would then be a good idea.
– Answer from CriticalCareVet, an expert on JustAnswer.
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