It's been a while since I've done an update on Bailey.
He's been having major issues with one of his back paws. It started out on just licking at it, most likely related to his allergies, then it transitioned to chewing it and becoming completely obsessive about it.
When it first started was around the time that he had his annual check up. The vet wasn't too concerned about it. Month goes by, where he was continuing to chew, got a lot of conehead time and bitter apple foot, eventually going with a sock taped on his foot. During the times he didn't have any of that stuff on, he would sneak in chewing. He has gotten really good at hiding the fact that he is chewing his foot... toy as a decoy, hiding his foot under his front leg as he chews at the tip of it.
All leading up to the end of last week when I took his sock off in the morning, and it just looked so much worse. I was worried about an infection/bacteria/fungus, so I called the vet and they squeezed us in for a Saturday morning appointment.
He had a lot of yeasty build-up between his pads as well as a nail bed infection. The vet shaved his entire foot and between the pads. We left for home with some antibiotics, probiotics (so the antibiotics don't mess with his stomach), and anti-bacterial soap.
He's doing a lot better, with today looking the best so far. He hasn't attempted to chew his foot at all really today and it just looks a lot better. The little hair that he does have left is stained from his saliva, however aside from that it looks a whole lot less red. He is getting his medicine, and then in addition, a variety of soaks and treatments on his feet as well. He gets his anti-bacterial soap soak to clean it. We've found a high concentrated epsom salt soak really soothes his skin also and stops him from wanting to lick. I am also trying out a product called DermaPaw which I ordered online and is a special salve designed by people whose dog had a severe foot chewing problem and they were unable to get relief from vets & medication, however they made the salve with the help of various vets making sure all the ingredients were safe as they "trial and error"ed which ingredients brought relief.
Overall he is doing a whole lot better, aside from his foot looking totally silly. Every time I look at it, I just think of a monkey paw. At least his hair grows fast.