My dog has a fungus problem between his toes. Is there something you can recommend
First, it is important to clip the hair away from the affected areas of your
dog’s toes. Then do a good soak in a pan of water with an antifungal shampoo once
or twice a day, depending on how bad the problem is. You can get an antifungal shampoo
from your vet. Alternatively you could try a
skin & coat shampoo and add 5-10 drops of additional
Tea Tree Oil (aka - melaleuca) for a more powerful antifungal effect.
For topical treatment following the soak, use
Doc Ackerman’s Hot Spot Relief Spray,
Only Natural Pet Ear Care, or
Solid Gold Ear Care with Comfrey.
If this is a chronic problem, you might consider addressing any underlying allergies,
supporting your pet's immune system and strengthening the skin & coat. This begins
with addressing diet and nutrition. Eliminating wheat, corn and soy from the diet
is a good start, and feeding the best possible food you can get – preferably supplemented
by REAL FOOD – raw is best, cooked is OK, too. Please read our article, "What
You Need to Know About Your Pet’s Food," for more details on healthy diet options.
Using a good
digestive enzyme whenever feeding processed or cooked food is also very helpful
in combating allergies. You may find our article, "Alleviating
Your Pet's Itchy Skin," helpful.
In addition, if this is a chronic issue, we recommend a skin & coat supplement to support
the skin & coat. Vetri-Science Derma-Strength or Health Concerns Skin Balance can help support your pet's immune system and promote healing – especially during the warmer and more allergy provoking summer months.
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