Bacterial infection can be secondary to another primary cause.
Regular bathing in salty water, or in an antiseptic solution (such as chlorhexidine) for 15 minutes 2-3 times daily is often recommended. Excess hair should be carefully clipped from between the toes and pads to prevent foreign material being collected and causing irritation.
Changing surfaces that the animal is exercised on may help identify a contact problem. For example, dogs usually exercised on pavements can be exercised exclusively for a period on grass, or vice versa. Dogs kept indoors on nylon carpets can be kept in rooms with wool carpets.
For localised lesions surgical exploration may be needed to find foreign penetrating material (eg grass seeds) and sometimes surgical removal (excision) of isolated lesions is performed.
During periods when the feet are tender and sore, special boots "Bandiboots" are available to protect the feet .
Long term problems
Updated October 2013