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Post-walk itches

Our pup bites her front legs and all four feet for ten or fifteen minutes after walks around the neighborhood. She randomly bites and scratches every now and then, mostly after she wakes up in the morning, but overall it doesn't seem to be a problem. When we just take her out in the yard and let her walk, run, and sniff about, she is always fine when we go back in. But after every walk around the neighborhood, she gets into these intense biting sessions. It's mostly her front legs, and not focused on any specific area. Has anyone else seen this? Any suggestions as to what it might be?

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I would experiment by process of elimination. Try going only a short distance on the neighborhood walk. Go back home on the same route and wait to see if she reacts. If not, then try another route or a longer route if it is the same one. Try to eliminate the areas that don't cause a reaction. It might be a mosquito infestation in the grass somewhere. Did you check her skin to see if you see bites or critters?

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Thanks for the suggestion. We've checked and can see no bites, but think it's a good idea to vary the directions and times to see if that helps.
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Our condominium building installed new sod around the property. Tux never had any itching or scratching until the new sod arrived. I am sure there was something in the grass either chemical or bug related. A lot of property owners who don't know any better dump stuff on their lawns that could be toxic to animals. I would be very careful especially while she is so young and is still developing, to avoid any potential hazards. It also might be a seed or berry she is picking up. Read up on all the plants that are toxic to dogs. If you see her pick up anything, get it out of her mouth immediately. This is a good exercise in her allowing you to take things away as well as stick your fingers in her mouth. Be gentle. Tell her what a good girl she is. Teach her "drop it" or "leave it". when she does, she gets a trade off by way of a wonderful treat!

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I would drive to a different area for a walk a few times and see what happens. Feet biting can have many causes ,even though this seems environmental. If it persists it is best to see a vet.

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Thanks to you both. Very good advice.
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I thought I posted this on this thread but I must have screwed up. Here is a vet I found I THINK in your area:
Veterinary Dermatology | West Hills East Veterinary Clinic, Commack NY

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