Skin and Paw Treatment
When we started trying to find relief for our dog, we didn't care whether something was "natural" or "herbal" or anything else. We just wanted to help our dog. We spent months researching and testing ingredients on our own Sheltie. If there was any possibility of side effects, we ruled it out immediately. And since dogs lick everything, we made sure everything we used was harmless if eaten.
Once we knew it was safe, we would apply each ingredient individually to one leg and watch his behavior, whether he seemed to feel better and stopped itching, or whether he would appear more irritated or bite, lick or chew at his leg. The next morning, after an entire night's exposure to each ingredient, we would compare it to his other legs to see if that leg looked better: less red, less flaky, less inflamed, and then we would watch him throughout the next few days to see if there were any residual side effects.
Several natural ingredients we read about, even some that were recommended by dermatologists had adverse effects, so we chose to leave them out. Two examples are flaxseed oil and safflower oil. Both are recommended for human skin conditions, but in both cases, we found they caused increased redness and itching in our dog when they were applied topically. They are both great when given orally, but not on the skin itself.
The next problem was how to keep our Sheltie from paw chewing long enough to give them time to heal and to stop him from licking the salve off his legs. We tried a dozen brands of dog socks, but in every case, he was able to pull them off within minutes. There are some dog shoes that don't come off, but they don't cover the entire leg, and they certainly don't look comfortable to sleep in. Eventually we came up with the idea of a harness made from soft elastic. The socks prevent further irritation of the affected area from paw chewing and within minutes, most dogs don't even seem to notice they are wearing them... except Jack Russell terriers and Australian cattle dogs who usually won't tolerate the socks and will chew them off in minutes.
Obviously every dog is unique and we don't know if your dog will be willing to wear socks, but most do. We call them Stay-Put, because they don't come off like every other design we've ever seen or heard about. With that in mind, any dog could chew just about anything off its paw if it wanted to. The idea is that the sock harness doesn't bother the dog enough to bother chewing it off. Big dogs like mastiffs could chew a truck tire off, but for some reason they don't mind the socks and some seem to enjoy them. Even if your dog won't wear the socks, owners say that it works just as well. Most of it has soaked in by the time the dog can lick it off and most people tell us they can't really tell a difference inn effectiveness with the socks. The socks primarily keep your dog from doing further or continuing damage to his or her skin by paw chewing and paw licking. Many owners tell us their dog settles down after they rub DermaPaw on and they don't need the socks. The dog stops licking or chewing on its own. We know everyone won't have the same experience, but sincerely hope your dog feels better.
By using DermaPaw at night, the socks stay dry, and your best friend can get a good night's sleep without itching or chewing. If you're like us, and your dogs sleep in the bedroom with you, it also means their licking and chewing won't keep you up all night as they try to relieve their itching. We hope you'll both sleep better.
DermaPaw DOES NOT CONTAIN these ingredients often found in other animal skin medications, lotions, and balms.
Learn as much as possible about your dog's condition and bring up concerns with your vet. Dermapaw is not a substitute for a veterinarian. If your dog develops serious symptoms, always consult a veterinarian. Dermapaw is meant to be an additional option for symptom treatment of certain skin disorders and allergic reactions. Serious infections, sores, obsessive licking and all skin problems can have uncountable causes, and if in doubt, always take your dog to the vet for diagnosis and treatment.