Understanding and Managing Paw Fungus in Pets
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Understanding and Managing Paw Fungus in Pets


Paws are vital for our pets, aiding in movement, sensing their surroundings, and more. But when a pet's paw health is at risk, it can cause them pain and health problems. In this post, we explore paw fungus, commonly known as brown paws, and how to handle it. We'll cover recognizing the signs, ways to prevent it, and effective treatments to keep your pet's paws healthy. 

Identifying Symptoms of Paw Fungus 

Paw fungus, or paw dermatitis, can show various symptoms: 

  • Redness and Swelling: The paw pads or spaces between the toes might look red and swollen. 

  • Scratching and Licking: Pets with paw fungus may frequently lick, chew, or scratch their paws. 

  • Color Changes: The affected paws might look darker, ranging from a reddish-brown to black. Also, check for changes in the fur color around the paws. 

  • Dry or Flaky Skin: The skin on the paw pads might become dry, cracked, or flaky. 

  • Bad Smell: Sometimes, paw fungus can cause a bad smell, especially if a bacterial infection is present or if the fungus is untreated. 

  • Behavioral Changes: Pets might limp, avoid walking or playing, or show more aggression when their paws are touched. 

The severity of these symptoms can vary. If you see these signs in your pet, it's crucial to see a vet for the right diagnosis and treatment.

Preventing Paw Fungus 

Maintaining paw health is important. Here are some simple steps to protect your pet's paws: 

  • Dry Paws Properly: After walks or playtime outside, clean and dry your pet's paws. Moist conditions can encourage fungus and bacteria growth. 

  • Use Alkaline Water: Spraying your pet's paws with alkaline water can help neutralize acidity and fight harmful germs and fungus. 

  • Regular Paw Checks: Make a routine to check your pet's paws for signs of irritation, redness, or odd smells. Early detection can prevent bigger problems. 

  • Keep Things Clean: Ensure your pet's living space is clean to avoid fungus and bacteria. Clean their sleeping areas and play spaces regularly. 

  • Grooming Matters: Regular grooming, including nail trimming and keeping fur around the paws short, can prevent irritation. 

By following these steps, you can help keep your pet's paws fungus-free and healthy. 

Treating Paw Fungus 

Here's a guide to treat paw fungus effectively: 

  • Daily Paw Cleaning: After walks, clean your pet's paws with lukewarm water and pet-friendly shampoo. Focus on the spaces between their toes where fungus can grow. 

  • Use a Rubber Towel: Gently dry the paws with a rubber towel to remove excess moisture. 

  • Finish with a Microfiber Towel: Switch to a soft microfiber towel to ensure the paws are completely dry. 

  • Apply Elixir No.3: After drying, use 2-3 drops of Tauro Pro Line Elixir No.3 on the paws and between the toes. This oil helps reduce itchiness, heal the skin, and fight fungal infections. Massage it gently for better absorption. 

  • Spray with Alkaline Water: To disinfect the paws, spray them with Tauro Pro Line Pure Mist alkaline water. This can kill harmful germs and fungus, protecting your pet's paws. 

  • Use Natural Paw Balm: Lastly, apply a natural paw balm such as our Tauro Pro Line paw and nose balm to moisturize and soothe the paw pads. Ingredients like bees wax and coconut oil can nourish the skin and help healing. 

Consistently following this treatment can help get rid of paw fungus and relieve your pet's discomfort. Keep an eye on their paws for any changes and consult a vet if needed. 


Maintaining your pet's paw health is important for their overall happiness and quality of life. By being aware of the signs of paw fungus, taking preventive measures like proper drying and using alkaline water, and getting timely treatment, you can keep your furry friend comfortable and active. Taking proactive care will ensure your pet's paws remain healthy, letting them enjoy their life to the fullest.