why does my dog lick his feet
Is your dog licking at his paws constantly? Notice a, inflamed appearance to the area between the paws? If this is happening, read on! Not only does excessive licking cause discomfort for your dog, but it is often due to an underlying medical problem. Often times, excessive licking of the paws is due to one of three underlying causes:
Underlying itchiness is what results in that constant foot licking; the moisture caused by excessive foot licking between the paws can cause a secondary or yeast infection. This can actually worsen the itchiness and clinical signs. Excessive licking of the paws warrants a trip to your veterinarian, as certain tests need to be performed to rule out. How will my veterinarian figure out why my dog is licking his paws? Diagnosis of an underlying infection requires certain tests from your veterinarian including: Once these tests are done, your veterinarian can determine the best course of appropriate treatment. Treatment typically includes: The use of short-term steroids to decrease the But thatБs not all!
Your dog may need additional testing to rule out atopy, allergies, or flea allergy dermatitis. This may include: A food trial with a novel (new) protein for at least 6-12 weeksБ It is absolutely key that you make sure no other rawhides, treats, snakes, bones or other food products (even heartworm ) are given during this time. Ideally, food trials should be started in the winter (depending on the climate that you live in). Year-round and medication that kills quicklyБ Newer prescription oral products (e. g. , Bravecto, Nexguard) can kill these pesky insects within 12 hours, minimizing the risk of infestation. Skin testing or blood testing Б If treatment by your veterinarian doesnБt completely resolve the signs, referral to a dermatologist may be necessary for advanced testing. When in doubt, talk to your veterinarian about how to best treat this condition. Remember, occasional licking is ok, but if itБs constant and causing secondary redness, swelling or itchiness, get to a veterinarian for treatment.
Does my dog need a prescription food trial? Does my dog need year-round flea and tick control? Does my dog have a secondary bacterial or yeast infection? Does my dog need a referral to a veterinary dermatologist? If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets. Wow, that must be a very frustrating ordeal to deal with. I know you have already tried a lot, but have you ever thought of saying ''no'' and redirecting to a Kong stuffed with hard to get goodies, like peanut butter at the bottom, hot dog slices in the middle and a bisquit on the top? What happens if you would do this? would he eat the kong's content and go right back to his paws? would he ignore the Kong? With quite severe OCD behaviors it is often very likely that he would ignore the kong and go on with his licking habit. OCD usually means the dog will appear disinterested in other activities.
Is this the case? Will he for example lick his paw and ignore other interesting things going on in his surroundings? Or does he lick when there is not much going on, like before going to sleep or during quiet times? Just food for thought, even though I am sure with two years dealing with this you probably very much tried almost everything. However, OCD is something that did not appear in nature in dogs in the wild, it is rather a result of domestication, if dogs engaged in OCD behaviors in the wild they would have not survived today. Therefore, perhaps finding your dog something draining to do, will likely gradually wean the behavior. You want to see the behavior less and less because you are giving your dog less opportunities not to engage in this activity. Because dogs live in the present, if he is not thinking much about licking that paw, he may start forgetting about it. Yes, he is walked 3 times a day and I am sure this does not take place during walking, so this means he is in a very balanced state of mind when outdoors (ie distracted, curious, alert) No offense, but could it be your toddler may make him slightly anxious?
Sometimes toddlers may be a bit rough on dogs not knowing the difference between a stuffed animal and a dog. Your dog may appear to tolerate the toddler well but he may do this because he knows he must respect your chiId. If your child ever plays rough, it would be best to crate your dog every now and then and provide some quiet time with a safe toy like a Kong, which by the way can be therapeutic. I would normally recommend agility training that allows dogs to gain in confidence but with your dog's patella issues I guess this may not be an option. Did the licking start along with the patella issues? Sometimes dogs lick out of pain as a way to comfort themselves. and then it turns into a habit. Ever thought of surgery for the luxating patella? This is all I can think of,. I have seen OCD cases of tail chasing and running in circles,. very frustrating issues to deal with! My very best wishes!
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