Paw Thickening

 
Dog paw thickening

MyGermanShepherd Health ManualPaw Thickenings of the kind of Granuloma, or Pyoderma, or Interdigital cysts are specific types of Skin Infection, a progressive disease describing the condition of tissue thickenings between the toes of the paw.

The Paw Thickening may already be accompanied by nodular granulated tissue (Granuloma) and/or pus (Pyoderma) around the site of infection. There may even be what looks like Interdigital cysts (but often aren't cysts because real cysts typically are follicular cysts or suety gland cysts).

These infectious Paw thickenings are triggered by:

When the Paw Thickening (roughly) coincides with an Ear Infection or a Skin Infection elsewhere on the body or it coincides with Hypothyroidism then the trigger is an endocrine system disorder.

When the Paw Thickening coincides with a Skin Allergy then the trigger is an immune system disorder.

The cause of such Paw Thickening almost always is:

both of which have resulted in inadequate immunological response of the integumentary system.

You see here again the far-reaching implications of the allopathic standard treatment with steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (corticosteroids):

  • glucocorticoids (cortisone, hydrocortisone, prednisone, prednisolone, triamcinolone, methylprednisolone, betamethasone, dexamethasone, etc) and
  • mineralocorticoids (corticosterone, aldosterone, fludrocortisone, desoxycorticosterone, etc)

and with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), eg:

  • meloxicam (Metacam)
  • carprofen (Rimadyl/Novox)
  • deracoxib (Deramaxx/Novartis), etc.

When the infectious Paw thickening is chronic although the dog has not received treatment with steroidal drugs, then the trigger likely is an endocrine system disorder, and the cause is a chemical substance in medicaments, "food", household, or environment.

Who Suffers Paw Thickening

Most at risk are dogs that receive steroid treatment. Most common here are cortisone, hydrocortisone, prednisone, and prednisolone.

Now you see why I write everywhere if you get an ear care remedy get the Zymox Otic without hydrocortisone, not the one with hydrocortisone. The one with hydrocortisone doesn't work any better but makes your dog's health so much worse! Very very few allopathic veterinarians understand the ramifications of prescribing steroidal drugs. Those that do prescribe them anyway so that you come back. Or else why would they?

Indeed, in most places you will read things like "steroid treatment has its uses if done right". But that's not right, for the reasons I summarized here and here.

The fact that Paw Thickening often occurs soon after a vaccination "booster" strongly suggests that vaccinosis (sickness because of vaccination) plays a role as well. This is unsurprising: A vaccine injection shocks within seconds all body systems, and due to proximity the first symptoms become visible as skin condition and/or gastrointestinal condition.

Other than dogs that have had steroid treatment or vaccine injection, dogs that are a lot outdoors (like many German Shepherds) are more likely to experience (micro) lesions to their paws, from a grass seed, stick, gravel, de-icing salts, cleaning chemical, or even ingrown toenail. Such lesion may then quickly harbor bacteria that a weakened integumentary system may be unable to defeat.

So then most ordinary allopathic veterinarians prescribe antibiotics. And promptly they make it worse: Contrary to popular belief, antibiotics always impair the health of the immunological defense mechanisms because antibiotics lead to an overgrowth of yeast and pathogenic bacteria.

In addition consider this: When your dog feels discomfort or pain at a paw, the dog will lick or even bite the paw. Whatever was on the paw (pathogens, salt, chemicals) will be ingested and can lead to additional ailments like Digestive Disorder, Dental Disease or Gum Inflammation, Diarrhea, Vomiting, or Dehydration, and in extreme circumstances may even set the course for a Tumor.

This is why the seemingly harmless Paw Thickening so often leads to seemingly unrelated further ailments soon thereafter. A quality holistic veterinarian will associate one and the other and address the cause. The average allopathic veterinarian will not, yet happily treat each new symptom on its own. As a welcome "side effect" this gives more cash too.

Warning Signs

  • Paw Thickenings typically are between the toes or on top
  • hard thickening of skin, normally no color change
  • even if you only gently squeeze it the dog will retract in pain
  • frequent licking or biting the same paw
  • possibly limping on the affected leg
  • restlessness, nervousness from discomfort or pain

Preventing Paw Thickenings

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