Why is My Dog Excessively Licking His Paws? - Pet Health Network
Dec 10, 2016 - When your dog's paws are itchy (potentially due to some kind of allergy), licking them is a natural response
A classic sign of allergies in dogs is excessive paw licking. Dogs with white or light-colored fur on their paws may experience a change of hair color as the excessive licking and saliva can cause “bronzing” of the fur. If you notice that your dog’s paws have a brownish tint to the hair, it may be a sign that they are licking their paws a lot. This is usually because of the allergens that stick to the fur and skin as they walk through grass outside
The second problem is that they are almost always prescribed for the wrong thing. Most of them are anti-bacterials which are fine at killing germs but really hard on itchy, inflamed skin. Dogs that lick their paws aren’t usually suffering from a bacterial or fungal infection. If they are, it’s a secondary problem and there are better ways to handle it. The primary issue is inflammation caused by histamine, as a result of allergies. The objective is to make it itch less so the dog stops licking his skin off and causing all the other resulting problems (infections, sores, scabs, bleeding, hair loss, etc.).
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The only true solution to atopy is the avoidance of allergens. As this is not practical, here are a few suggestions that may alleviate some of your dogs discomfort, and allow you some peace and quiet. If the licking is mild, you can wipe and/or wash the paws on a daily basis using hypoallergenic baby wipes or an anti itch soap free shampoo such as aloe and oatmeal. In addition, you should bathe your dog at least once a week (twice is even better) with the same shampoo. Fortunately, few dogs reach the most serious stages of compulsive licking, and treatment for "dogs lick paws" is pretty simple - the key is locating the cause and removing it.In the case of allergies, please see our page on And in case of and some allergies, these can easily be accomplished with a visit to the vet or if you would care to go the natural way please visit our page, and page. If you have a stressed dog which is showing signs of excessive grooming, pacing, chewing and/or self-harming as in licking its paws to the point self- mutilation, we can confidentially recommend a flower essence called "". In the case of boredom, depression and frustration, exercise and massage are your best bets. Dogs love to exercise and run, particularly dogs bred to work such as hunters, herders, guard dogs and so on. For larger breeds, try roller skating or cycling as you exercise them, and go swimming with your dog if it is a water breed. Exercise, exercise and more exercise usually does the trick.And finally, dogs absolutely thrive on the touch of the human they love, so one of the best things you can do for a nervous strung out pet is to learn how to give it a proper massage. A massage not only makes a dog feel good, but it stimulates its brain to produce endorphins and other neurotransmitters which act as natural anti-depressants. Finish off by wiping your dog's legs and paws down with apple cider vinegar. Dogs really don't like the smell or taste! It's absolutely harmless if they do ingest it, and it has some excellent healing benefits to boot.Good luck!