In today’s issue of the San Francisco Chronicle, VCA SFVS intern Elyse Hammer, DVM, answers an owner’s question about her dog’s peeling paws. The question:
Recently, I walked my 8-year-old female Dalmatian, Sadie, through an area I thought was brown, dead grass. After about 10 paces she suddenly stopped walking and looked at me in discomfort. I looked at the ground more closely and realized we were actually walking on dead thistle-like plants with hundreds of sharp, spiky balls. I picked her up right away and carried her out of there.
A few days later, all four of her paws started peeling and scaling, almost like a sunburn. I’ve since observed that no plants grow on this hillside, and I now suspect that I accidentally walked her through something like Roundup. She spent a lot of time licking and grooming her feet and I’m concerned about the long-term effects of whatever chemical she walked through.
Read Dr. Hammer’s answer here: Dog’s peeling paws worry owner (SF Gate)