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Why does my dog lick her paws?

asked 2017-01-18 16:35:14 -0500

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That can be a medical condition, often if it is obsessive. it can be linked to allergies to food.

Michael C.'s profile imageMichael C. ( 2017-02-23 13:59:41 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-02-23 14:09:21 -0500

Usually excessive licking could be an indication they are allergic to something. I would recommend seeing your vet so they can assess the situation and provide medicine if necessary.

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answered 2017-02-23 14:03:52 -0500

allergic skin disease is the most common reason why canines lick and chew their feet on a chronic basis. Food allergies, in particular, are typically the culprit, and secondary infections from yeast and bacteria can further exacerbate the behavior.

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answered 2017-02-23 14:14:08 -0500

Common cause is allergies

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answered 2017-02-23 14:04:30 -0500

They're eating the yeast from their paws.

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answered 2017-02-23 14:01:44 -0500

This could be for many reasons.

It could be for allergies/skin irritation. Or to help calm themselves down from whatever anxiety they are feeling.

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answered 2017-02-23 13:55:10 -0500

Just routine maintenance as humans shower. Dogs naturally want to groom themselves just like any other being, however, their feet are what get the dirtiest! If you notice excessive licking and/or lightening of hair on paws, this could be a skin issue that you should call your vet about. Keep a close eye and all will be well.

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