In this article:
  1. Why Paw and Skin Irritations Occur
  2. Recipes for Foot and Body Soaks and Rinses
  3. Don't Put Your Dog or Cat on Steroids and NSAIDs
  4. Understanding Food Allergies
  5. Address the Root Cause

1.0 Why Paw and Skin Irritations Occur

Dogs and cats can get sore irritated paws for many reasons, including:
  • A symptom of environmental hypersensitivities;
    • Allergic response to planet materials, and other natural substances
    • Toxins (inhaled, ingested, etc.)
  • A symptom of food allergies
    • Resulting in:
      • Irritation, inflammation, infection of the paws, skin and ears;
      • Yeast infection - candida
  • Fungal infections
  • Abrasions cuts and wounds
  • Etc.
If your dog or cat is suffering from allergies and/or resulting yeast infections of the paw or skin on other parts of the body (i.e. candida), or has come into contact with poisonous and/or toxic substances - giving your dog or cat a foot soak or overall body rinse is very important to reduce discomfort, help treat the symptoms, remove harmful residue and stop your dog’s or cat’s need to lick and chew his/her paws and skin Toxins left on the paws can migrate into the dog's, cat's blood stream, and over time increase your dog's, cat's  toxic load, compromise his/her immune system and trigger the development of cancer.

If your dog or cat's paws come into contact with road salt, herbicides, fertilizers or pesticides it's important to remove the particulate or residue right away. Even if you can't see the residue on your dog or cat's, paws, fur or skin. Toxic chemicals substances can make their way into your dog and cat's blood stream by passing through the skin or when your animal licks her paws, fur or skin.

The most effective way to remove toxins (road salt, herbicides, fertilizers or pesticides) from your dog and cat's paws is to do a 30 to 60 second paw soak. Depending on the size of your dog, you can do a foot soak in the bowl or basin, sink, bathtub, shower or in a small children’s pool.

It's important to note quickly dunking your dog or cat’s paws in a soaking solution is not as effective as soaking the paw for 30 to 60 seconds. After the soak, pat paws dry. Don't rub  your animal's paws. Rubbing can cause irritation.

2.0 Recipes for Foot and Body Soaks and Rinses

Foot Soak Recipe #1 - Warm Water and Iodine
Remove Toxins, Disinfect Paw Wounds, Treat Yeast Infection
for Dogs and Cats

Iodine is a naturally occurring water-soluble element. Iodine is an excellent disinfectant with anti-fugal and anti-viral properties. You can purchase iodine at your local pharmacy.

This soak can be used to:
  1. Remove toxins (road salt, herbicides, fertilizers or pesticides) from the surface of your animal's paws.
  2. Reduce itching and inflammation due to contact with irritants, candida, etc.
Preparation Instructions:
  1. Fill the sink, tub etc. with warm water
  2. Add enough iodine to make the water turn the colour of ice tea
  3. Have your dog or cat stand in or hold her paw in the the water and iodine solution for 30 seconds
  4. Then gently pat your dog or cat's paws dry

Foot Soak Recipe #2 - Warm Water, Apple Cider Vinegar
Help Treat Bacterial Infections or Irritated Paw 
for Dogs and Cats

Organic unpasteurized, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has anti-bacterial properties (primarily from the acetic acid and malic acid in ACV).  

To make this paw soak combine:
  • One gallon of water with
  • One cup of organic unpasteurized unfiltered apple cider vinegar ACV
To apply:
  • Soak your dog or cat's paws or skin for 30 seconds
  • Allow your dog or cat's paws and skin to air-dry
Do NOT use pasteurized non-organic apple cider vinegar, it does not have  medicinal properties.

For detailed information on how to choose a good ACV product and the many health benefits of ACV as both a topical and ingested treatment read here

You can also use just apple cider vinegar between foot soaks - just put it in a spray bottle, spray your dog’s paws and then pat dry. 
Do NOT use ACV on broken skin as it can sting!
This foot soak is NOT for dogs with yeast infections.

Foot Soak Recipe #3 - Warm Water, Apple Cider Vinegar, fresh squeezed Lemon Juice, Peppermint Essential Oil
Treat Yeast Infections or Irritated Paws  
For Dogs and Cats

Peppermint contains cooling essential oils (such as menthol) and has antiseptic and slightly aesthetic properties. 

To make this paw soak:
  • Combine:
    • One gallon of water with
    • One cup of organic unpasteurized, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
    • The fresh juice of one lemon, and
    • 20 drops of peppermint essential oil
To apply:
  • Soak your dog or cat's paws or skin for 30 seconds
  • Pat your dog or cat's paws and skin dry
Find out more about all of the health benefits of fresh lemon for dogs here.

The Following Herbs can also be Added to the Recipes Above

Chamomile is a calming, soothing herb. Add a few chamomile tea bags to the liquid solution. Wait a few minutes and then soak your dog or cat's paws in the solution. 
You can also prepare the tea as you normally would to drink tea. Once brewed, wait for the tea to cool. Then add the room temperature tea add it to the recipe.

For a detailed list of the health benefits of chamomile read here

Goldenseal has antimicrobial properties. Add a few Goldenseal tea bags to the liquid solution. Wait a few minutes and then soak your dog or cat's paws in the solution. 
You can also prepare the tea as you normally would to drink tea. Once brewed, wait for the tea to cool. Then add the room temperature tea add it to the recipe. 
Learn more about Goldenseal here.

Green Tea
Green tea (use decaffeinated only) is rich in antioxidants that support healing. Add a few green tea bags tea bags to the liquid solution. Wait a few minutes and then soak your dog or cat's paws in the solution. 
You can also prepare the tea as you normally would to drink tea. Once brewed, wait for the tea to cool. Then add the room temperature tea add it to the recipe.

The recipes listed above should be used three or four times a week if you are treating a yeast infection, or irritation due to allergies.

Foot Soak Recipe #4 - Warm Water, Rooibos Tea and Lemon
Yeast Infections or Irritated Paws
for Dogs and Cats

Rooibos is naturally anti-allergenic and contains a significant amount of AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) making rooibos tea an aid to the healthy growth and maintenance of skin.  Rooibos tea supports immune system health, inhibits cancer, mediates allergy symptoms and more.

For the rooibos paw soak recipe, and health benefits go to this article

Conventional prescription and off-the-shelf ointments, salves and lotions increase toxic load and can cause additional irritation. As well toxins and dirt can get trapped underneath the product. Use a natural soak instead.
Paw soaks can be done daily 1x to 2x a day, or several times a week as needed, until now longer required. Remember that the more you soak your dog's paws in a day, the softer the skin of the paw pads. If you are planning on going for a walk on rough surfaces such as gravel or rocky terrain, limit the number of paw soaks as your dogs paws may be more prone to getting cuts on the softened under-pads.
If your dog or cat has a yeast infection (e.g. candida) it's important to treat the symptoms (e.g., itchy, irritated paws that may smell like corn chips), and the root cause of the infection.  Prednisone, and other conventional medications can make the condition worse as they suppress your animal's immune system, kill good bacteria and do not address root cause.

3.0 Don't Put Your Dog or Cat on Steroids and NSAIDs

Resolve root cause and symptoms with natural alternatives. Natural alternatives have little to no side effects. Steroids, cortecosteroids such as Prednisone and non-steroidal ant-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have many adverse side effects including life threatening, life span shortening affects.

To understand more about issues with steroid and NSAIDs use in this article.

4.0 Understanding Food Allergies

If you think that your dog or cat is experiencing symptoms of food allergies, learn about common causes of food allergies, symptoms, and more in this article.

5.0 Address the Root Cause
Take appropriate action to address the root cause of your dog or cat's symptoms (e.g. irritated paws, skin, ears).  
When the root cause is not properly addressed symptoms can become chronic.

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  1. Thank you SO much for this post.

    I really appreciated that you gave several options for foot soaks. My guy gets paw infections and makes them worse by licking them. I have had success with homeopathic tablets before, so today I have given him some arnica 30, soaked his paw with apple cider vinegar and water (I didn't have peroxide), and put a sock on his foot (held in place by a ring of duct tape.

    We'll see how it goes, but I instinctively knew I needed to soak his foot to get the road dirt off that stuck to the already-irritated skin.

    Thanks again!

  2. I tried the apple cider vinegar and hydrogen peroxide remedy for my 2 year old pitmix pup's irritated paws. They were pinkish and only ever so faintly raw but she seemed quite uncomfortable because of the salt on the sidewalk and a plain water footbath didn't seem to help. I wanted to help keep on top of it before it got worse. WELL... if I ever wanted cold hard evidence that she would not ever bite the hand that feeds her - this was it. She screamed in pain and pulled her paw away limping and screaming around the house until I immediately wrangled her into the bathtub to wash it off. Thank God I didn't do an all 4 paws bath !!

    After she calmed down still standing in the luke warm water, I poured the 3 cups mixture into the bathtub which had about two inches of water in it at that point. Even that diluted, she still picked up her other paws in discomfort until I had about 3 inches of water in the bathtub. I'm hoping that letting her soak a while in the *more* diluted solution was beneficial. Basically, even though her feet were only slightly irritated to look at, this recipe was not diluted enough not to cause pretty severe burning.

    I think i'll try something a little less acidic if it doesn't improve - like peppermint oil and chamomile.


    - Nick

    1. Hey Nick...
      If the irritation is strictly from road salt and she is reactive to the ACV just use a soak made from green or rooibus tea and chamomile tea.If her paws are getting that harmed by the road salt you need to start putting some paw-protector cream on her paws prior to heading out for the walk. Just make sure that the product you purchase is free of toxins - to have an idea what to avoid in a paw protector cream you can read this as the ingredients listed are common to skin creams and other skin/hair products. Cheers, Karen

    2. Nick - here is an example of a good, safe, non-toxic Paw Protector - this one is made by WAHL...Olive Fruit Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Beeswax, Tea Tree Leaf Oil. If the manufacturer does not list the ingredients on the product don't buy it.

      Make sure you soak her paws to remove the protector off of her feet after the walk as the road salt will stick to the protector.

  3. You don't say how often to soak the paws. Hourly? Daily? Thanks.

    1. How often you soak the paws depends on the condition being dealt with. There are very few cases were I would ever soak the paws on an hourly basis. Normally soaking is done once to several times a day or depending on the condition being treated or on a particular maintenance protocol - several times a week.

    2. I've been soaking Betsy's paw 3-4 times a day, for several days, and am seeing improvement. Also, she wears a bootie when she goes out, every time. Thanks for these "recipes"!

    3. I am glad Betsy is doing better! ❀ᵔᴥᵔ❀

  4. what is a good grain free, low carb, anti yeast dog food??

    1. That can really depend on what your dog has food sensitivities to - however, by far the majority of yeast infections are caused by grains in the dog's diet. But just because a dog kibble does not contain grain does NOT mean that it is a) going to stop the yeast infection and b) is a good quality product. Read this

      Don't take the advice of staff in pet food stores as I have yet to find one who actually understood what good and safe nutrition really is. Don't purchase food from your veterinarian's office - as the kibbles typically sold in vets offices are some of the worst products on the market (i.e. Hills Science Diet, Royal Canine).

      You can either make your own dog food - read here or for those who would like to use commercially manufactured kibble I suggest using Acana's 'Wild Prairie' dog kibble. This particular product does not contain GMO Oils, Fish Meal or grains. Fish meal should be avoided at all costs - read here

    2. Omg - didn't know about fish meal. I've been feeding this to my dog since she was a pup at the recommendation of a vet. She has a skin condition where she was losing fur (tail & side of her body) for no apparent reason. - this fixed it (fish & sweet potatoe...) I feed her the Kirkland wild/natural brand - any suggestions on what to sub this for as I think she might not be able to tolerate lamb/rice ...? All are wheat free (used to feed her nature's recipe). Btw - on here because I'm looking for remedies for her inflamed paw that she's licked into a sore - doing paw soaks so thanks for that!

    3. Hi Adrienne, Kirkland Lake (made by the Diamond Food Processing Plant) - after meany years of refusing to make a clear statement on the matter (as they were purchasing from suppliers that use ethoxyquin), have recently posted on their website that they do not purchase fish meal from suppliers that use ethoxyquin - however unless they are ready to issue a 100% guarantee on that I personally would not trust them. Diamond Food Processing also have a long history of product recalls and I personally would not be comfortable with saying that they use quality products.

      Acana and Orijin products are much better quality as are Evo products.

      Ollie definitely has food allergies - you can read my articles on that and if you find you require assistance I would be pleased to do a consult with you to: properly address and re-design his diet, treat/resolve the symptoms and remedy the condition.

      His diet needs to be changed, he also needs some items added to his diet that will assist in remedying his allergies and boosting his immune system.

      Cheers, Karen

  5. Hello, My standard yorkie Ollie has such sore paws. I have changed his diet and tried natural healing creams, special boots etc yet his paws are still very sore.

    I think he has a yeast infection, vets not helpful really suggests food allergies and medication but that wont solve the problem. His feet smell like cheesy crisps and he always licks and sucks all paws. I am convinced its yeast infection, I now have to put baby socks on him when I go out to prevent him doing this as this makes the paws worse.

    When walking outside he wears special boots as his paws bleed and weep otherwise plus I am trying to prevent wetness and dirt.

    I will try the soaks as advised above.

    Can you recomend any probiotic suppliments?

    We are UK based.

    1. Yes, your dog has a yeast infection (candidia).

      When you say you have changed his diet do you mean that you have removed all grain from his diet? The most common food allergy is to grains. Grains are not part of a species appropriate diet and casue many dogs to develop candida.

      If you do not fix the root casue all the probiotics in the world are not going to solve the problem. The root casue IS diet.

      To Fix His Diet
      Go to my index page read all of the articles on nutrition and get your dog on a truly good diet. If you need assistance I can create a diet for him but I do charge for that service.

      Also read my articles on probiotics. I prefer to use probiotics from natural sources - yogurt, kefir, saurekraut. If you want to purchase a probiotic supplement get one from Dr. Mercola's website. His is one of the few I would recommend. Most are junk.

    2. Thank you very much. I will look to change his diet, Im based in UK so food makes are different so I need to do alot of research. I will look at introducing Kefir and saurekraut. :) much appreciated.

    3. would this be a good food? If I added probiotics as advised?

    4. the link you provided does not work


    6. Once again I could not get in through the link you provided - I did however do a goggle search and picked-it up that way.

      The food is OK, however every dry food manufacturer cuts corners and indulges in - un truths.

      They put a few strains of probiotics at the end of the ingredients list and then state 'an aid in the establishment, maintenance and restoration of a balanced gut flora in dogs'. Absolute crap as these micor-organisms cannot take the intense processing and heat - it kills them. Probiotics must be alive to have any efficacy. The pet food industry is so unethical. So yes you need to add probiotics to your dog's diet.

      They also do not provide a breakdown between Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. They do this because - as all dry dog foods I have encountered) the Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio is way out of kilter...which is seriously bad for your dog. So you will also need to add Omega 3 fatty acids to your dog's diets. You can read my articles on Omega 3 fatty acids and then supplement accordingly.


      Chicken 66% (from Dried Chicken), Chicken Mince 8%, Peas 8% (from Dried Peas), Potato Starch 6%, Poultry Oil 2.5% (Source of Omega 6), Beet Pulp, Poultry Gravy, Whole Egg (from Dried Egg), Cellulose Plant Fibre, Minerals, Vitamins, Salmon Oil (source of omega 3), Tomato (from Dried Potato), Carrot (from Dried Carrot) Chicory Extract (F.O.S), Alfalfa Meal, Seaweed/Kelp, Yeast Extract (Purified Beta Glucan 0.1%), Glucosamine, Methylsulfonylmethane, Chondroitin, Carrot, Peppermint, Paprika Meal, Turmeric, Thyme Extract, Citrus Extract, Taurine 1000 mg/kg, Yucca Extract, Cranberry, Fennel Extract, Carob Extract, Ginger, Rosehip Extract, Dandelion Extract, Rosemary Oil Extract, Oregano, Probiotic: Contains E1705 Enterococcus faecium cernelle 68 (SF68: NCIMB 10415) 1,000,000 cfu/kg as an aid in the establishment, maintenance and restoration of a balanced gut flora in dogs.


      Protein 37% Crude Oils and Fats 20%, Crude Fibres 4.5%, Crude Ash 8.5%, Calcium 1.6%, Phosphorous 1.33%, Carbohydrates <23.5% No added artificial colourants flavourings or preservatives.

    7. AND BTW - they are messing with % to make the food look better than it truly is.

      A dog's diet should be between 57% and 60% protein, 30% fat and 10% to 13% carbs.

      In the ingredient list they note that chicken represents 66% of the ingredients in the food - but that only translates to an actual end product which contains 37% protein.

      Pet food manufacturers are very sneaky. If I was you, I would add some whole food protein to your dogs diet. Read my article on "Fresh Whole Foods for Dogs'.

  6. My dog had serious paw issues with pimply looking sores that
    would pop and bleed. She was in obvious pain walking. My vet was no help. So, I blended coconut oil(which is anti fungal) with tea tree oil(another anti fungal) and added msm(an anti inflammatory). Her paws looked so much better the next
    morning. I could tell she felt better. She walked around the back yard for the first time in months. It was nice to see her not in pain.

    1. This is why your veterinarian was not able to help you

      Tea tree oil is excellent for treating many issues - skin irritations, ear infections. Tea tree oil gets a bad rap from some people as it is toxic to dogs and cats if used topically in too heavy an application, or if ingested. Provided common sense is employed when using tea tree oil it is a wonderful substance :>)

      You might also want to try using grapefruit seed extract as a topical application. To get an idea about the benefits of grapefruit extract you can scroll down this article until you hit the section on grapefruit seed extract...

      To permanently eradicate the problem it is best to treat topically (as you are doing) as well as internally. There are many immune system boosting natural, simple items that you can add to her diet that will help her body be able to fight this condition. The following items are all foodstuffs that my dogs all get on a daily the articles and you will see why...

      Fresh minced garlic

      Raw un-pasturized honey - read about some benefits of honey here


      Kefir, sauerkraut or plain natural yogurt

      Organic unpasturized unfiltered apple cider vinegar

      Cheers, K

  7. Hi thanks for the great post, what what be the dosage for a 4 kg cat with worms already, when combining pumpkin seeds grounded and grapefruit seed extract (and how long...)? Thank you:) Tomer

    1. Use the dosages provided in my article on the subject and treat until worms are gone. If the diet you are feeding is species inappropriate it will take longer to clear out the worms.

  8. My Miniature Schnauzer has a yeast infection in one paw (so far). I have been alternating the peroxide and vinegar solution with the iodine solution for the last 3-4 days. His paw seems much less red and raw this morning and he has not been chewing his foot as much. Can I premix either of these solutions or do I need to mix them new each soaking? When should I stop the soaking? Thank you.

    1. Mix the solutions at each soaking. Unfortunately, in most cases if the root cause of the yeast infection the infection is not addressed and properly resolved the infection becomes a chronic condition until the root cause is properly addressed. Continue to do the soakings - if the yeast infection returns I recommend this

  9. Can i use betadine instead of iodine?

    1. For how many days should i soak my pet with betadine?
      I have been soaking for 5 days,3 soaks daily, but still there is no improvement.
      Should i continue the soak? If yes for how long?


  10. I have also tried green tea.Should i continue the betadine soak?
    But i can see that the paws had not improved.Vets are not helpful.Can u please tell me what to do?

    1. Hi John - the reason you are not seeing any improvement is because the root cause of the infection has not been addressed. The inflammation of the paw is a symptom of the infection, the underlying cause of the infection needs to be remedied - short of doing so your boy's paw issues will be a chronic condition. The vets are not helpful because they only know to prescribe drugs to mask symptoms, they do not understand or know how to address root cause.

      I can address both the root cause and the symptoms holistically = identify all factors that are causing the problem, eliminate causes and put in place a health supporting diet nutrition wellness plan. This is the only way to resolve the chronic infection while supporting overall short and long-term health. Included in the Plan:
      Detailed a) guidance b) recommendations c) specifications/options covering the following…
      1. Main Foods and Treats
      a. Custom designed homemade food recipe, and/or
      b. Commercial made food options
      c. Complete with adjustments to be made as your puppy grows into adult-hood
      2. Supplementation
      a. Herbs
      b. Nutraceuticals
      3. Short-term treatment (ingested and topical) specified in the Plan
      4. Recommendations for general regular maintenance of long-term health specified in the plan, i.e.
      a. Truly safe natural options for oral health care, care of ears, fur and skin health, insect and parasite prevention etc.
      5. Please note – I do not sell products nor am I affiliated with any companies – this is intentional so that I can remain 100% objective and truly focused on selecting the best options and solutions for my client’s individual situation. As I do plans for client’s all around the world (Canada, USA, UK, Europe, Asia, UAE, etc.) the options I recommend are carefully selected to be obtainable by you based on your location (in-store and/or on-line as applicable to the specific products, ingredients etc.)

      You can email me if you are seriously interested. I will need some information from you regarding current diet and health care regimen. To set expectations from the out-set it is likely your boy will require Plan 5 or 6, if other health issues exist MAY require plan 7.

  11. I need help with my dog. Has been receiving allergy shots for 8 months still on prednisone. Not much improvement. Vet said we have to stop pred since liver count is in the thousands I am so scared for my dog. I want to go natural now and stop drugs now. The other vet he works with thinks its lupus and gave me 6 pres to fill no way too many drugs. I need to make a change now are omega 3 and omega 6 fish he eats natural balance sweet potato and venison he is allergic to fish please help

    1. I would be happy to assist you. If you are serious about addressing your dog's health issues naturally I can do a custom designed holistic diet nutrition plan for you. You can contact me via email.

  12. Had to have my dogs toe nail cut after it flipped up and cracked, had a slight infection. After sending us home with no instructions, the toe then became more infected. She had a shot and 20 days of antibiotics. It will start looking better, until she Houdini's her way out of every kind of wrap job I can come up with and start licking away.I am at my wits end and am trying to avoid vet amputating her toe. It now looks like little blisters on the bottom of her paw along with the still not healed nail bed. Help please. :(

    1. You have a serious issue going on which should be treated properly. If you want to address this naturally I would advise you to engage my wellness services to have a proper treatment plan designed to address this.

  13. Hi, I have Shih Tzu/Poodle/Yorkie mixed. Her problem is she has allergies bad. When I lived in Mississippi she wasn't like this and then we moved to Louisiana she is on the same dog food and now she constantly has scratching one of her ears will keep a yeast infection. I took her to the vet and they swapped her and it come back bacterial and yeast infection. Now I noticed that her paws Has A build-up of crust. What would be the best thing to use on her. Her brother the only thing that he does is constantly lick his nose. Thank you

  14. My big lovely goldendoodle has gotten his first foot infection...i believe. He started licking between his toes on the top of his foot where we noticed it late Friday and here we are Monday morning, whereas I made a vet appt for this afternoon. I prefer handling this naturally as he is almost 10, and seemingly sensitive to chemicals...It is swollen and red now and he is getting worse as he is clearly uncomfortable (we tried to clean it over the weekend (peroxide-was that the worse thing to do?) and put WO oil (chinese healing oil) on it with bandage so he couldn't lick it. It is oozing. I was looking at your soak suggestions and since it is oozing I wasn't sure which one I should use...if any.
    Have Grapefruit seed extract, neem oil, castor oil, Org ACV, chamomile, and various essential oils.

    -should I keep it covered so he doesn't lick?
    -what should we soak with?

    Thank you so much!

    1. A consultation with me is required to properly address this. You are welcome to become a client.

  15. I was just reading all of the posts above and love the holistic approach for our fur babies. I am an essential oil user for myself, and some oils for my long hair miniature dachshund. Right after Christmas she was diagnosed with a slight ear infection, but not severe, they did a yeast ear wash and said should be fine. Two weeks later, took her in and it was worse, put her on Terbinafine and because of stomach issues from that Metronidazole. When she still didn't seem better, took her back in and during the exam it was apparent that she was suffering from pain in rotating her neck around and up and down. Two years ago she had a herniated disc in her neck and with strong pain meds and crating her, we got through it without surgery. Now she is on Tramadol, along with the stomach upset med and a Probiotic. She has been licking in between one of her paws until it is raw, licking her mouth frequently, her gums seem red and of course she is lethargic from the Tramadol. I'm really frustrated giving her all of these meds, since I'm not even sure that they are helping! I hate poisoning her with all of these meds. Any suggestions? I have cooked her meals now, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes and chicken. I didn't do brown rice because she was a little constipated. I'm going to do the foot soak with the baking soda and chamomile tea, maybe a little lavender essential oil in hopes that will help her paws. Poor little thing, she's my baby! Any words of wisdom for me, thanks


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