Set An Appointment With A Veterinarian
To stop the corn chip smell, here are the signs to look out for that warrant a visit to a vet clinic. First, if you notice that the odor has become stronger than usual, then this is a sign that there is an infection in the paw area.
Second, look for indications of fungal infection such as redness, excessive itching, swelling, abnormal discharge, and limping.
Excessive licking may even exacerbate the problem. It’s because the paws can get injured. If this happens, those dogs with some health problems can get their immunity compromised if the bacteria enter their bloodstream.
Third, if you notice inflammation in the paw area, then this can be a sign that your dog has pododermatitis. When there is an overgrowth of bacteria and yeast, it may inflame the interdigital spaces, footpads, nails, and nail folds. This condition can be painful for your pet and impair his walking.
Other causes of infection can be allergies, injuries, ticks, or yeast infection.
Medical Treatment For Yeast Infection
Yeast infections are diagnosed by examining the skin cells through a microscope. Treatment includes the application of topical antifungal creams, sprays, and shampoos. These products contain active ingredients such as ketoconazole, chlorhexidine, or miconazole.
In severe cases, the veterinarian may prescribe oral antifungal medications with fluconazole, terbinafine, itraconazole, and ketoconazole.
Disinfect Your Dog’s Paws
If you are having difficulty cleaning its paws because your dog doesn’t want it to be touched, you can opt to soak the paws instead.
You start by filling a tray with 1 gallon of water with 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. Soak the feet for about 5 minutes and dry afterward.
The vinegar helps with increasing the pH of the skin to make it less conducive for bacteria to accumulate.