Dog Treatment and Prevention of Suspected Interdigital Furuncles
The last several months my dog has been suffering from regular episodes of what I think are interdigital furuncles (?) based on my research. Before I knew about interdigital furuncles, I took him to my vet at that time, and the vet suspected that there may be something foreign inside the paw, and he opened up the abscess but could find nothing.
My dog, Oliver, a three-year-old male (neutered) border terrier, has been very healthy and active. gets these abscesses on both of his front paws in various areas but with regularity. He spent a lot of time licking them until they eventually open up, and disappear. However, some of them are quite painful and he will limp for a day or two. To try and prevent and treat these, I have been giving him an immune strengthener supplement (which was recommended for this condition in an online article) and a half a clove of fresh garlic a day, for about two months now. There seems to be a longer time period between each outbreak but I haven't been keeping up records so I can't say this for sure.
Just yesterday I started him on flaxseed oil for Omega 3’s. He gets fed a diet of V-Dog kibble, along with organic sweet potatoes, a variety of vegetables and a bit of olive oil. He also used to get a mixture of Halo Garden Medley can food but he lost his taste for it (and other canned foods that I tried as well). He loves the V-dog kibble!
I will also mention that we live in Phoenix, Arizona and I understand that this condition is more common for dogs that live in this area. I have had him wear boots on walks but this did not change the occurrence of the abscesses.
I am looking for natural ways to prevent these from occurring, with a combination of herbs and/or homeopathic medication. I am also looking for the appropriate treatment when one does occur. Currently I am putting pure aloe vera gel on the abscess. Please find attached two photographs of the abscess and a picture of Oliver. I hope that I have provided enough information for you.
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