My kitty, Kattie has an issue with cracked paw pads. She had this issue back in October, when she was limping really bad and I took her in to the vet. Well the first vet I took her to wanted to give her metacam thinking she had arthritis even though I insisted it was her pads causing the issue. I decided to go to a cat only vet and he said that it was the pads, that seemed dry and irritated and told me to give her fish oil for a few weeks.
Her pads on her front feet have always been deformed looking because of the bad declaw she had before I got her. The toe bones though aren't giving her issues yet as I had them xrayed. Anyways, she has chronic skin allergies that are worse in the fall and spring and I'm thinking it is related. I noticed today that she was walking gingerly on her left front foot and she has been licking all her feet a little excessively as her allergies are acting up again. I started up the fish oil again but that takes a few days to start working. Is there anything I can put on topically? My vet said to be careful with topicals as it makes them go after their feet more and can aggravate or irritate the pads more.
I want to do a wait and try home remedies first as it isn't too bad yet and I started the fish oils. Plus at the moment I have no transportation as my car blew a rod in the engine and it is in the shop ($3800 fix there, gotta love fords) anyways, I feel bad as she is tender foot, and I want something to work faster than the fish oil in the mean time, but I don't want to cause more harm. Last time I put some panolog cream on the cracked pad and boy was that a mistake, she licked her foot to a bloody mess. I don't want to do that, but I read olive oil rubbed on might be soothing. Any ideas would be great. I will take her in if this doesn't resolve, but I'm going to have to count my pennies after this car repair, and the 300 I spent last week on senior dog exams, bloodwork ect.