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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-14-2012, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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What can cause paw licking?

My hav has been licking both her front paws (only) for months. I had mentioned it to our Vet, but since the visit was primarily for another concern, it kind of got pushed under the rug. I was wondering if anyone on the Forum has ever experienced this problem. What was the cause and what did you do to alleviate the licking?

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Hi Janet, see you haven't been on in a while. Welcome back. I have three articles on this. Hope they help.
http://www.animalbehavior.net/Librar...iveLicking.htm

http://dogtrainer.quickanddirtytips....e-licking.aspx

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/is-your...ing/page1.aspx

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Dave- Thank you so much for the articles they were very informative. I was hoping for information from someone who had personal experience with paw pad licking.

I'm on the forum fairly often since my DH passed away, I read more than post. Most of the original members know me or know of me.

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Sorry to hear about your DH. Nice to see you again.

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Janet, cash had a bout of intense paw licking. It turned out to be a yeast issue... Hard to know which came first yeast or allergies. We used chlorihexiderm shampoo and tresederm til it went away. We think. It happened cause Of a really period. It. Was hard to ever get his paws dry. I hear some dogs can lick their paws out of boardom or anxiety... But that was not our case.

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One of our pups has a tendency to lick her paws,though it is more like a nibble,and it is the pads more than the upper side of her feet,having said that she does keep her fur trimmed round her feet all by herself,they never need cutting just an occasional tidy up.Nellie seems to do it after a walk,it doesn't matter where we have been,beach,forest, open country side,or pavement walk,she will still do it,and when I tell her to stop,she takes herself of under the bed or somewhere out of site to have a jolly good nibble/lick!I was wondering if her paws get hot and therefore itchy,or whether she likes the taste of where she has been,maybe the saltyness,who knows for sure?

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Thank you Missy, Dave and Clare for your input...

Missy- I'm thinking that perhaps it is a yeast or even a fungus thingy, because the hair on her once white paws has turned red.

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I soak Bessie's foot in warm water with epson salts. It seems to help.

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Went to the Vet yesterday with Bella. Vet believes it to be allergies, she prescribed Benadryl. Hope it works, could take up to 3 weeks before I know for sure.

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Kodi went through a short period of licking his feet in the spring. The vet thought it was most likely seasonal grass (pollen) allergies. She suggested wiping his feet down every time he came in from the grass. In a few weeks, it completely went away, and hasn't returned. I'll be on the look-out for it next spring, though!


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