That is the first thing I noticed when I saw the pictures...she has some serious allergies/hot spots going on in between her toes and on her paws.
My German Shepherd is allergic to pretty much everything on this planet, so I am very well versed in dog allergies.
Let me first say that her paws are most like in a lot of pain and discomfort. If the vet recommends to put her on Prednisone (which he probably won't because of her lung problems) hold off on treating allergies with steroids for as long as you can.
Switch her to a fish and sweet potato food. Eliminate all grains and poultry from her diet (Two most common food allergies for dogs) Try to find a food that is grain and gluten free. rice, corn, barley, etc. are probably what is causing her problems. Chicken meal and by-products too.
I recommend either California Natural Herring and Sweet Potato, or Wellness CORE Ocean. Add canned Salmon to her diet as well, the fish oils in the wet food will nourish her very irritated skin. (and help her loose weight!) If you can't find a fish based, try either lamb or bison, but stay away from grains at all costs! My GSD has SEVERE grain allergies and lost all the hair on his ears and feet while we were trying to solve his problems. Fish and sweet potato seems to be the best choice when a dog is displaying the symptoms your beagle is. This means EVERYTHING needs to be eliminated. Treats, chewies, bones, etc. Even biscuits with grain in them will cause a allergy flare up.
Stay away from the Hills perscription diets for allergies, they are not a true fix and only mask the symptoms instead of resolving them...
Try to keep her from chewing/licking her paws as much as you can...if she continues to lick in between her toes will always stay moist and breed bacteria and infection, I had to wrap socks around Orion's feet to get him to stop licking his paws when he had a allergy blow out (before we found a food that solved his problems)
Good luck, and don't be too worried, as long as you alter her diet and stick to it, allergies and hot spot break outs are very easy to keep in check. Orion hasn't had a flare up in over a year, and he has been eating Wellness CORE Ocean, Wellness Salmon in canned.
Last edited by Riddick; 11-09-2009 at 01:01 AM.