Five Reasons Why Your Dog May Be Licking Their Paws

dogs licking their paws

Dogs licking their paws is a common occurrence. Cooper will lick his paws after walks, then off and on throughout the day. His veterinarian suggested that it is part of his normal grooming routine. This concerns me because it can cause major discomfort for dogs. Cooper may be grooming, however, it can also stem from one of these issues.

Atopic Dermatitis

This is an incredibly common skin disease where reactions can be caused by grass, mold, dust mites and other allergens. The dog continually licking their paw may result in a yeast infection.

Food Allergies

Some dogs are allergic to ingredients in their food. They usually develop the allergy after consuming the ingredient continuously over months or even years.

Flea Allergy Dermatitis

Saliva from fleas has been known to cause allergies in dogs. This an allergy that can begin at any age and causes severe itching.

Lick Granuloma

Also known as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This is as a result of stress or boredom. The dog becomes obsessed with licking the same spot on his paw and it gradually becomes inflamed.

Arthritis Pain

Your dog may be licking or biting at their paws because of arthritis pain. Check the area for inflammation. It can even result in hair loss.

If any of these concern you, consult with your veterinarian. They may do allergy testing, take bloodwork or even x-rays.  Depending on the diagnosis, there may are simple over the counter remedies.

Disclaimer: This is pet blog and should not be considered veterinary advice. If your pet needs care, consult with your veterinarian immediately.

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