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Old 05-25-2007, 10:21 AM   #1
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Help - my dog is licking his feet!

Help! I have only one dog at present, and he is forever licking his paws. When I break down and go to the vet he gives steroid injection that calms the dog down for while but two weeks later, he is at is again. Not getting any peace. I try to ignore him and figure eventually he will q uit has been going on for more than 5 years I know. I have heard and read every reason why he does this. Grass, food, breed, e tc.

I am really at a loss but steroids are not good for anyone on regular routine. One of the vets t ook some kind of tests for him and found out his liver has been affect ed and she suspect ed steroids. She also recommended SamE. This is supposedly for humans and haven't given it a try which I am going to do. He is also getting cataracts. Seems their lives are so short when they have physical problems. Losing a dog due to some kind of disease or otherwise makes one so depressed.

Right now he is at it again licking his paws so they swell up and can hardly walk on them. I have tried bathing his paws when he comes in from outside but no help. The food theory was a disaster. didn't want to eat it. Like a child you want to tell him it is supposed to be good for them but if they won't eat it, what can you do?

Thanks for underst anding and hope your pets all stay healthy. This one is lonely since his last friend was put to sleep. Doesn't bark much anymore.

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Old 05-25-2007, 10:24 AM   #2
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I have the same problem with my wife.
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Old 05-25-2007, 10:30 AM   #3
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I read somewhere that boredom can also make dog lick his feet.
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Old 05-25-2007, 11:21 AM   #4
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Feet licking (at least in dogs bigleg) is usually caused by allergies. The most common source of allergies in dogs is their food (corn, wheat, soy), although I saw an allergy report the other day for a Boston Terrier that I don't know what is wasn't allergic to. Also, once a habit starts it can be hard to break. And yes, boredom can also cause unwanted behavior.
If you don't want to stick with a food switch because the dog wins out and you switch him back, much like people preferring say... fried chicken wings dripping in butter and hot sauce to a plain grilled chicken breast, then spray something on his feet like bitter apple or a spray designed to keep them from chewing. Many are safe to be sprayed right on the pet. You might also want to give him benedryl, the plain, pink, 25mg, for allergies only kind. Veterinarians regularly prescribe benedryl for allergies. Then I will talk the owner into switching foods and the dog's coat comes back, its luster, and no more benedryl is needed. I had one 60 lb dog getting 8 benedryl a day at their vet's sugesstion! You should see him now, his owner is amazed.
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Old 05-25-2007, 11:24 AM   #5
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Our dog would lick his paws and forearms until they bled. After many vet trips and all types of medication, I got him a rescue dog. He never licked again.

Skeeter was just very lonely and bored to tears.
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Old 05-25-2007, 11:28 AM   #6
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I have a 12 yr. old toy poodle and there are days he licks his paws alot, other days no. He is going blind too, but can play like a puppy at times. Thats my Joey !
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Old 05-25-2007, 12:48 PM   #7
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ITK... it is more than likely allergy related as pacanis stated. I have an article about dog food that I can send you that you may find helpful. My dog Boots has this same problem and I have found that switching his diet has helped. Also a bite collar does the trick as well!!!
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Old 05-25-2007, 01:37 PM   #8
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Get that dog an Elizabethan collar right away. He shouldn't lick until his paws swell like that.

My beagle has allegies and he scratches at his eye all the time. When he's like that -- on goes the collar.

I agree that it's probably allergies. Switch his food. Dogs will eventually eat when they are hungry even if they don't like the food. Or, if there is chicken in the food add a bit of diluted chicken broth to it for him.
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Our dog loves to romp and play basketball on the blacktop at the hoops. We have to keep a close eye on him because the surface tears up the pads on his paws. He will play soccer in the grass but he always takes the ball to the courts.

When we walk them, we try to find areas where there are vacant lots and alleys so they are not always on the sidewalk or the street. We have two dogs.
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Old 05-25-2007, 02:22 PM   #10
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Benedryl

This dog is small about 15 lbs. You think I could try giving him more than 1 per day?

What is Elizabethtown collar? Do I need the vet to prescribe it or can I buy at pet store?

I have guilt feelings about walking the dog all the time year round maybe I ruined his paws? Some people buy the dog some kind of protection. I never knew about all these things when we had dogs when I was young. Dogs have really become more important these days and am I thankful. Just wish I could help mine. I don't take lot of medicine as there are always side effects hence I don't give the dog too much.

I have tried bitter apple, different foods, but when the paws get so swollen makes me feel like I don't care about him. Geez, I am so thankful you all love your animals. Who else would love you the way you are? Maybe your mom. But your dog/cat would never do anything you wouldn't approve of unless they couldn't help it.

Boredom may be problem but he can't walk anyplace anymore cause he can't see where he is going too well. At night got to turn the lights on.
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