Common Health Problems in West Highland White Terriers and Schnauzers

Yeast Infection in Paws and nails


Some yeast infections grow in between paw pads that are not healing no matter what the vets prescribe.

licking feet and paws can go on forever unless you address the underlying cause

It makes it very hard for a dog to walk and even touching the paws is painful.

I have been given lots of advice on how to cure swollen feet. 

I've tried antibiotics, yeast medication (oral), creams to put on her feet.  So far nothing is working and the vets have all thrown up their hands in defeat.

Never one to give up on any animal, I stopped all meds and put her on probiotics and vitamins.  I then started bathing her every day in a anti-dandruft shampoo.  I also shaved her down so that I could treat as many of the sores as I could.  Each day I would find more sores and each day I would medicate each sore.


Her feet were the worst and I started using Vinegar and Water after every bath.  Still she would get more and more sores.  I then bought a gallon of apple cider vinegar and got a bottle and put in 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water.

After each bath I let her drain a bit then poured the vinegar/water solution on her entire body.  I let her stand in the bathtub to get out the wetness and then I patted her dry on the outside hair and left the vinegar on the skin. 

Hooray!!! It worked!  She started smelling clean, not that nasty yeast odor.  After a while the sores became fewer and fewer and I was able to use the vinegar/water solution every other day.  Then it was every three days.  She continues to improve. 

Lorri and Elle 1.  Vets 0!  Take that modern medicine.  Sometimes the best remedies are the simplest.













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