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Roofer, our 10 year old, went to the vet 3 weeks ago with what we thought were allergies on his feet. Vet suggested we change his food from grain free chicken back the beef we鈥檝e always used so we did. We scheduled him for a dental and they put him on a low dose antibiotic to prep. Did his dental the following week and they had to pull a tooth so they put him on cephlex for 10 days. A couple days after the dental his back legs were giving out so back we go to the vet. He has the typical back problems and the vet thought that when he was under everything loosened up and was causing issues. More pain meds and a steroid shot because he鈥檚 still licking all 4 paws constantly.

This last week went by and he slowed down a bit in the licking when we鈥檙e home, but the camera didn鈥檛 lie when we weren鈥檛. We came home last night and the smell in the house was the worst hound smell we鈥檝e ever had. Pretty definite it鈥檚 his paws. We figure yeast infection due to the licking and 3 weeks of antibiotics, although he鈥檚 never had one so we aren鈥檛 sure. We can鈥檛 get in to see the vet until Monday. Anything we can do to help him and to get the stink off of everything? You can barely walk into a room where he鈥檚 been laying on the couch or his bed.
 

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Roofer, our 10 year old, went to the vet 3 weeks ago with what we thought were allergies on his feet. Vet suggested we change his food from grain free chicken back the beef we鈥檝e always used so we did. We scheduled him for a dental and they put him on a low dose antibiotic to prep. Did his dental the following week and they had to pull a tooth so they put him on cephlex for 10 days. A couple days after the dental his back legs were giving out so back we go to the vet. He has the typical back problems and the vet thought that when he was under everything loosened up and was causing issues. More pain meds and a steroid shot because he鈥檚 still licking all 4 paws constantly.

This last week went by and he slowed down a bit in the licking when we鈥檙e home, but the camera didn鈥檛 lie when we weren鈥檛. We came home last night and the smell in the house was the worst hound smell we鈥檝e ever had. Pretty definite it鈥檚 his paws. We figure yeast infection due to the licking and 3 weeks of antibiotics, although he鈥檚 never had one so we aren鈥檛 sure. We can鈥檛 get in to see the vet until Monday. Anything we can do to help him and to get the stink off of everything? You can barely walk into a room where he鈥檚 been laying on the couch or his bed.

I may be way off the track here, but when I take mine in and know they will be having a g/a, I ALWAYS warn them NOT to lift mine by their legs . All too often I see vet nurses lift them off the operating table, still unconscious by their legs. It could be nothing to do with what's going on but it's worth considering. I ask now because I had one in for surgery which needed a g/a and he was the same for some days afterwards.


Most nasty niffs are mouth (dental but that's presumably fixed), ears or anal glands. 3 weeks of antibiotics shouldn't CAUSE him to lick his paws. It's the wrong time of year, but when we've had this going on, ten to one it's Harvest Mites - check between the toes right up to the foot and see if there are any signs of tiny red critters there. These do itch like mad causing licking which in turn, causes smell.


Diluted Hibiscrub to bath the feet??
 

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We鈥檝e looked real close with a flashlight and haven鈥檛 seen any bugs, but we鈥檒l start looking more closely for them going forward. Thank you for the tip.

Could be he鈥檚 allergic to our new yard (Bermuda) and he can go in/out as he pleases. Then he just licked his way to the problem. All we know is the smell he leaves behind is way worse than if he鈥檚 been sunbathing on a hot day. This morning he could barely walk on his front paws they were so sore as well. Good news is his back seems much better.

We just gave him a good bath with mild soap. Then we poured some diluted apple cider vinegar over him and soaked his paws for a minute each in some diluted vinegar/hydrogen peroxide. Dried him off with a blow dryer afterwards making sure his paws were good and dry. He didn鈥檛 struggle or complain once. Unfortunately it鈥檚 snowing again and his paws continue to get wet which is not helping.
 

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>> Unfortunately it鈥檚 snowing again

Does he walk anywhere there could be salt/de-icer on the ground?

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>> Unfortunately it鈥檚 snowing again

Does he walk anywhere there could be salt/de-icer on the ground?

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No. We don鈥檛 use any chemicals or salt. It鈥檚 snowed a few times, but鈥檚 it鈥檚 been unseasonably wet this winter as well. Usually we don鈥檛 get any moisture for months on end and the humidity hovers in the 20% range.


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yeast infection between the toes in very common in the breed. Generally speaking a racid oil type spell. corn chips etc is a yeast infection.

Smell like rotten fish is bacterial or anal glands.

Yeast infections are general extremely itchy as well Yeast infection try frequent bathing in antifungal shampoo for dogs containing Miconazole or Ketoconazole. If bacterial infection Chlorhexadine shampoo or one that contains benzyol Peroxide , if you suspect both the Ketohexadine shampoo that contains both Ketoconazole and chlorhexidine.

Can not even begin to deodorize the house until you get the source of the problem on the dog under control.

http://veterinarycalendar.dvm360.com/shampoo-therapy-making-sense-all-choices-proceedings

https://www.vin.com/apputil/content/defaultadv1.aspx?id=3852175&pid=11181

https://www.petmd.com/blogs/fullyvetted/2009/february/interdigital-cysts-and-their-god-forsaken-therapies-6722

https://www.petmd.com/dog/general-health/evr_dg_acral_lick_granuloma_a_dermatology_nightmare
 

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Re replacing nasty niffs with nice ones, I have usually used a so-called 'Medicated shampoo' which leaves a nice scent around the place. Be careful with the often recommended Malaseb shampoo (for yeasty problems). It has always made my hounds' skin very red and irritated and for that reason, prefer to use DermOpt (UK) which seems to be more gentle.
 

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We appreciate all the advice. The bath and soak we gave him helped a lot with the smell. We have an apt with the vet again this morning to verify the issue. I鈥檓 just ready to see him be more energetic and walking without limping again.
 

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Got back from the vet. Yeast infection. They gave us some oral meds and some wipes to use 4 times a day. We go back Friday for a checkup.
 

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Well, after a two week round of terbinafine and chlorhex wipes twice a day Roofer鈥檚 feet have not improved and yesterday we noticed his pads starting to look very bad at the edges, with one starting to slough off. We got him into the vet again and he is positive it鈥檚 autoimmune. We start prednisone tonight along with SSD cream. Hopefully this goes well as he is having a real tough time walking at this point.


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Update: We came home after work today and were met with a wagging tail and a trot across the living room. A trot! Major improvement from me having to pick him up Friday morning because his piggies hurt so bad he wouldn鈥檛 walk. He even let us put the medicated cream on his paws without so much as a care. Hopefully he continues to improve. We go for a follow up tomorrow afternoon.
 

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He even let us put the medicated cream on his paws without so much as a care.
Bassets are actually quite smart when it comes to things like this. We've found over the years that a basset that isn't feeling good will become receptive to medication once it realizes the medication makes it feel better.
 

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Bassets are actually quite smart when it comes to things like this. We've found over the years that a basset that isn't feeling good will become receptive to medication once it realizes the medication makes it feel better.


That may be it. Although even as of Sunday evening his paws were so tender he didn鈥檛 want them touched. Enough so that he was actually nipping us as opposed to the fake snarl. This morning I was poking around in them pretty good to dry them out since it was raining and he didn鈥檛 even flinch or look at me. Very good sign I think.
 

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Had to take Roofer and admit him to the vet Monday afternoon. He refused to eat Sunday and Monday and refused to drink Monday at all. Very lethargic and restless, laying in weird spots throughout the house for 10-20 minutes at a time. His liver enzymes were way up, his white count was at 40k, and he had this weird yellow/green gunk on his teeth the vet said was due to liver issues. His feet were pretty much fixed from the prednisone though. Doc has had him on IV fluids and antibiotics. His white count came down to 30k Tues afternoon, but his liver enzymes went up. He hasn鈥檛 improved visually this morning and he still refuses to eat. They鈥檒l do more bloodwork this afternoon. If he doesn鈥檛 eat today or improve by tomorrow morning our optimism level is pretty much gonna tank.
 

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Oh this is very worrying news because after all the hard work re his smelly feet, it can be that going at his feet has something to do with something else going on. He should have several more years in him so I hope your vet team can work out what's going on. My thoughts.
 

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prednisone is an immunosuppressant make the dog more susceptible to infection.


Yep. Only way to fix his feet unfortunately. His jaundice is a little better this morning. He still won鈥檛 eat or drink voluntarily, but his glucose levels are still borderline high from the prednisone. He鈥檒l do more bloodwork this afternoon. Absolutely no energy. The Doc is still optimistic. His right eye got goopy yesterday and that side of his face is swollen a bit. The same side he just had a tooth pulled, so it might be a buried infection there and his liver is just along for the ride which would be a better thing than some hidden liver infection/tumor. We are definitely wait and see. The Doc said earliest we could bring him home is Sat and that鈥檚 only if he鈥檚 eating and drinking on his own.
 
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