After mentioning this to the vet and her pawdicurist, I was told to wash her paws after every time we came in from being outside to even giving her an over-the-counter antihistamine (i.e. Benadryl). It seemed to work for previous years but this year, things just seem to have spiraled out of control. Since we now live in the woods, our house is surrounded by grass, leaving Jada no choice but to have to walk through it and get whatever kind of allergen(s) on her paws.
I telephoned my vet this morning and she would like to see Jada today. I made an appointment for her at 7:30 p.m. The vet mentioned about possibly doing blood work and checking for lyme disease, something that has me worried. Of course I Goggled "lyme disease in dogs" and have gone into a major panic attack. It mentioned it could lead to kidney/heart problems and possibly death. I'm really hoping it isn't that serious.
Lately, I feel like a bad dog mom because I have been putting this problem off for a while now, just dealing with it like I had before :( I feel bad for yelling at Jada to stop licking her paws but I know they are really irritated. I know she hides and licks them where I can't see. I just hope after this appointment we can get her better!
Here are some pictures of Jada so you can see how bad things are (NOTE: The pictures were taken on my Blackberry, so I apologize for the blurriness). I know other dogs suffer through allergies. Anyone else going through this with their dog?
|Back Left Paw|
|Back Right Paw|
|Front Right Paw, raw and sore (this is the one she holds up when she limps)|
I'm going to make this a two-part post. I will follow up with what my vet has to say after the appointment. Say a prayer for Jada!