Q. Dog has Pododermatitis. She licked the ankle of her paw to a bloody patch that dried. The paw is making her lame. What is typically the txt protocol?

A. If the spot has been licked raw or infection is forming it is best to have it looked at by your vet, they may recommend a medicated ointment or antibiotic to prevent the infection from spreading or treat any underlying. Preventing your dog from licking at the area is also needed through the use of an Elizabethan collar or "no lick" strips as constant licking can introduce bacteria into the area and cause secondary infections. Hypoallergenic diets and medicate foot soaks may also help reduce dermatitis symptoms and relieve pain and itching.

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