I am hoping you can help us. Our greyhound is about 6 yrs old. She gets rashes on her feet that are so raw. We don't know where they come from, but we think it's an allergy to pesticides or lawn treatments. Do you know the best way to treat this? The vet put her on antibiotics once and steroids, but we can't do that. It happens too often, any ideas?
It does sound like you are right in thinking that it has something to do with chemicals of some sort. I am guessing your vet ruled out fungus or any kind of natural reason but maybe go to another vet, maybe one that is familiar with greyhounds for a second opinion. It may also be allergies. This info from a web site:
"Allergy testing is a way to get a positive diagnosis for atopy (inhalant dermatitis) and to a lesser extent for contact allergies. Scratching, licking the feet, chewing, and red irritated skin are all symptoms of atopy in the dog. Atopy is the name given to allergies that result from breathing in pollen, dust, or mold. Other than flea bite allergies, atopy is by far, the most common cause of allergies in dogs. When an allergy to a specific substance can be identified, the dog can receive immunotherapy (hyposensitization injections).:"
Then if it isn't natural causes you may want to try and identify where the chemicals are coming from. Think of all the usual areas you walk him and where there may be some kind of chemicals and avoid those areas for a while. Reintroduce areas one at a time if it clears up and then you can hopefully identify the area that is the problem and avoid it for good. It is a laborious process but worth the effort if it helps.
Also talk to other dog owners and see if they have had similar problems or have possibly even identified problem areas. If you normally walk in a park or grassy area see if you can find out who tends it and ask what type of chemicals if any they use. And then you may want to google the chemicals to see if there are similar related problems with the chemical; I guess it is a bit of detective work.
Also look around the house for areas that might be a problem as well.
The last resort you can put dog booties on him and tell people he has a rare condition and they will understand. If it doesn't clear up you could be certain that is atopy or flea bite allergies. Maybe have your vet look for food allergies if no other allergies are detected, if he is able screen for this. Or find one that can.
I hope this helps.
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