Bug had a vet appointment last night. The primary reason is because the PT noticed he had some unusual wear on the pads of his front paws on the outer digits. The PT thought they looked like corns, but had only ever heard of that happening to Greyhounds. Once I googled and found out said corns become quite painful I decided to take Bug to the vet to find out what the wear marks are before they got any worse.
Turns out Bug has very soft feet and the 2 miles of daily sidewalk walking we do has abraded his pads! Phew! No wonder he has been licking them – they are sore.
The vet recommended I try one of the various gun dog foot tougheners that are out there. Alternately I could torture Bug and try to make him wear booties. Somehow I do not think that will fly! Pad toughener it is. I have some I will try and if that fails I am open to recommendations!
We also went over Bug’s supplements. Currently Bug gets:
Vetri-Science Canine Plus (multi-vitamin)
Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet
ABC Lyme Disease Supplement
Bug Off Garlic
*Duralactin and Ligaplex II are two new supplements I started Bug on about a week ago. Duralactin is supposed to help with chronic inflammation and joint health and Ligaplex II is supposed to help with connective tissue health. The PT and acupuncturist both said in their experience 50% of dogs respond to Duralactin with tremendous improvement and 50% show no sign you have added anything new. I am hoping Bug is in the first 50%.
Dr. M said if the Duralactin and Ligaplex do not help she has had good success with New Chapter's Zyflamend (it is supposed to promote a healthy inflammation response). I was just diagnosed with bursitis (inflammation of the bursa sac) in my foot. We did a cortisone shot and I have a follow-up appointment scheduled, but I think I might try the Zyflamend myself to see if it is helpful!
Dr. M thought Bug was on a good assortment of supplements. And I was HUGELY relieved the only issue was Bug has sensitive paws!
4 days ago