Q: Why does my dog lick her paws all the time

August 18, 2008 | By Lisa m. | 9 answers | Expired: 2720 days ago

Why does my dog lick her paws all the time

One of my dogs is constantly licking her paws. What could this mean

Readers' Answers (9)
Jessica H.

Aug 18, 2008

Excessive licking of paws could be indicitive of food allergies, other types of allergies (grass), or allergies with no known cause. Is there hair loss in the area? If you look between the toes are they very red when compared to the skin color on the rest of the body? Is the fur around the area stained a pinkish-brown color?

First off call your vet and speak with your vet about options. Secondly, you could try an OTC antihistamine (such as Benedryl) to help alleviate the itching (which is why your dog MAY be licking), but please ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR VETERINARIAN FIRST BEFORE GIVING ANY OTC MEDICATION to make sure you are giving the correct dose and that the drug is safe to use on your animal!!!!

And thirdly you could try an anti-chewing product called Bitter Apple Spray to try to deter chewing/licking at that spot. Just spray some on his paws and it has a very bitter taste that many dogs can't stand. It is safe to use anywhere on the dog's body SO LONG AS there are no open sores or wounds.

If there are any open sores or wounds caused by excessive licking, please call a vet to find the cause. Generally they are easy to treat and an OTC antihistamine will do the trick, but it is ALWAYS best to get a professional opinion first to make sure there isn't another underlying cause.

OR, your dog just may be OCD about keeping his feet clean. :) Bottom line, please call your vet and speak with your vet about possibilities and/or reasons why your dog is doing this and about any OTC medications you may be able to give (and correct dosages), and try the bitter apple spray.

Good luck!

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Aug 18, 2008

Boredom or most likely an allergy, my Lab does it but doesn't do it enough to cause any rawness, I changed her to a very high grade kibble, Verus fish, potato & omega 3 and she is doing allot better, try to give the feet a wipe off unless he's in his own yard after a walk on lead I always worry she's walked in anti freeze or something so I just wipe them, you should also talk to your Vet, he know your dog.

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Aug 18, 2008

There are many reasons dogs lick thier paws. Either they could be cleaning them, or maybe the hurt, or itching.

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