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Skin Issues, Sores and Bleeding Paws

My 1 1/2 year old Doberman has been on Acana since I got him from the SPCA at 3 months. He has been on the prairie and fish. He had acne on his chin when he was younger and a growth on his bum that grew very large, then deteriorated on its own. He had a few ticks last summer while at my parents while I was deployed. Since then he had patches of skin and sores that would spread on his back and paws. On a recommendation from the pet food store we changed to food with less fish and his back has cleared up and his fur is filling in, but his paws are a mess. He's on Acana with lamb now and strict treats in hopes that it is a fish allergy. I'm curious if maybe it's something with the Acana processing or packaging process. I'd prefer avoiding the vet as I have not had great experiences with most vets in my area. I'm hoping someone has had a similar issue and can make some recommendations. Most of the sores and bleeding is on the top and sides of his paws with one or two on the bottom. His paws started to get worse and when his back got better. Pictures attached.

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I think he needs a vet visit myself.

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What do the insides to his ears look like?


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Allergies, obsessive licking, infections are just a few of the reasons I can think of for feet inflammations that look like that.

It looks painful--does he lick his feet a lot, or hobble around on them?

If you are willing to share the area you live in, there may be some folks here who can recommend vets they like in your area. I think a visit to a good vet is where you should start.

Some vets recommend soaks in epsom salts to help ease and draw out inflammations--see this article for an example How to Apply Epsom Salt Bath for Dogs - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com. Note that even this article says you should try treatments like this only after a vet has seen the problem area and in conjunction with treatments he may recommend.
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Get him to a dermatologist immediately. Get to the bottom of the problem so the poor dog doesn't suffer.
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Absolutely agree with the vet visit. Poor baby. Those paws look so painful. Please keep us updated.

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I recommend a Vet Dematogist. Typically when sores are on the feet allergies maybe the problem and then the licking begins which can lead to infections.
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My Rottie developed food allergies and wound up doing best on a limited ingredient diet. His paws got itchy, but I never would have let them ulcerate like you have without seeing a vet. His paws were sore, so your poor dog must be miserable.. Please seek a vet ASAP- my boy needed a short course of steroids and antibiotics to get his issues under control initially, and he was nowhere near as bad as your dog...
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