Why is my dog licking its paws?
Constant Licking and chewing may cause a dog 's paw to turn raw
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It is a very frustrating scenario to watch, when your dog starts licking incessantly its paws, especially when your dog loses interest in its surroundings. Yet, dogs, more often than not, have a specific reason for engaging is such behavior. It is up to you as an owner, therefore, to turn into a detective and try to figure out what may be going on. Or better, the best thing you should really do is hire a veterinarian and have him do the investigative work with the right tools.
Why do dogs lick their paws?
- Potential Cause number one: Pain
A good place to start is to observe your dog. Is he licking one paw or both? If the licking is only limited to one paw then this often suggests that the source of trouble is right there: within the paw. Very likely your dog has pain in its paw and the causes may be various ranging from wounds, insect bites, a thorn or piece of glass embedded, a broken nail etc.
- Potential Cause Number two: Allergies
Allergies: in the dog world, it could be to just about anything. The food you are feeding, the chemicals in your yard, your carpet cleaning products, walking on weeds and so much more. Finding the real cause of the itching paws and licking can be a very frustrating ordeal to deal with. It may take some enormous investigative work to figure what your dog may be allergic that sometimes it is simply easier to just treat the allergy by giving anti-histamines.
If an allergy is suspected it may be helpful to have your dog undergo a ''pedicure'' by soaking your dog's paw pads in Epsom salts. Doing so may help give some relief. According to Pet Education you can make a foot soak by using 1/2 cup Epsom salts into one gallon of water. Soak the paws for 5-10 minutes up to 4 times a day.
- Potential Problem number three: Boredom
Modern times have created the right soil for boredom in dogs. Once used to walk and hunt for up to 10 hours a day, nowadays dogs are often left at home in a small yard or worse, in a crate for many hours a day. High energy dogs may become frustrated often engaging in destructive activities that may include excessive licking and chewing of paws.
- Potential problem number four: Anxiety
Anxious dogs often try to find relief by licking themselves excessively. The causes of such anxiety may be various ranging from separation anxiety to obsessive disorders. This habit can perhaps be somewhat similar to human nail biting. It is not unheard of dogs licking themselves raw this way. When this happens dogs may develop unsightly ulcers often referred to as ''lick granuloma''.
Treatment of course is based on the underlying cause. If a dog is anxious sedatives may be prescribe, pheromone plug ins may be helpful an so can Bach Flowers. Bored dogs need substantial life changes, they need more exercise, a purpose in life and when left alone a Kong may help them focus on something else than their paws. Injuries should heal on their own, while allergies may require anti-histamines and in severe cases only, steroid shots.
Dogs may be discouraged from licking on their paws by using products such as Bitter Apple spray or an Elizabethan collar.
Ways to stop licking
Bitter taste and smell work together to keep puppies and dogs from fur biting, hair chewing and hot spots
Folds and snaps to form a cone around the animal 's neck to prevent it from chewing or licking a sensitive area, bandages, wounds or open sores. Special holes at the neckline allow for attaching to collar to hold the snaps behind the head and allow for total peripheral vision.
Recommended by vets and trainers for dogs with separation anxiety, the Kong has a hollow interior that's ideal for stuffing with treats.
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