Q: Hi, I am fostering a big dog (breed unknown). She keeps licking both her front paw thumbs. The skin looks a bit infected. Is there something I could get to just control the infection of the irritation she may have?
A: There are two things that you could try to clear up your foster dog’s problem. The first is to apply an antibacterial cream or ointment to the infected areas. The second is to try and stop her from licking herself by either covering the areas with a sock (which allows some circulation of air) or by having her wear an elizabethan collar. If there is no noticeable improvement in several days she should be checked out by a vet who will look for things like a nail bed infection that may require oral antibiotics.