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Old 08-22-2006, 04:42 PM   #1
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I have a little shi ztu that is constantly bothered every year w/biting his paws. The vet was giving him steroid shots and another vet told me to stop them due to affect on liver. I try to put things on them but he licks it off all the time. To hear him doing this is annoying and frustrating. I have tried to change the diet in the past and didn't work. The vets all say he is allergic to grass. I don't understand why they can't help him other than shots? anyone have dog w/similar problem? Bet I am the only one who has odd problems!
Oh, thanks for your time and understanding. The other dog doesn't seem to bother her w/that constant noise.

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Old 08-22-2006, 04:43 PM   #2
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My dog has an itchy eye and we give him benedryl. Ask your vet.
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Old 08-22-2006, 04:52 PM   #3
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Maybe get some of those little booties for his paws. That way they are protected from touching the grass. Strange case and in most cases, a diet change will help. But if he is allergic to grass, then another solution is to get some astro turf.
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One of our Pugs is allergic to grass too but it affects his front leg-pits (?) must be from laying in the soft grass. Trick is to keep it mowed - our Vet says its the grass seed or pollen. We give him benadryl too, and the vet gives us a spray - can't think of the name now, but it helps.
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Old 08-22-2006, 05:22 PM   #5
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my dog licks her paws all the time....try giving your dog a bone or something to chew on. it might distract it.
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Old 08-22-2006, 05:44 PM   #6
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I baby sit a shi tzu dog who has the identical problem, she licks and licks and licks her front paws and sometimes her back paws. It is quite noisy. This dog has allergies but I do not know what to. She is 11 years old and was on Prednisone, which I believe is a streiod. She was eventually taken off it due to liver concerns. Now we give her 25 mg. of Benedryl when she is really itchy.
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Old 08-22-2006, 05:56 PM   #7
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Both of my dogs have this. One of them also has it in her pit. My golden will lick her front paw pads raw. We thought it was bugs since we hadn't sprayed the yard in a month. Wonder why it would be worse on her front paws than the back?

I'll have to check with the vet to see how much benedryl they can have.

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Old 08-22-2006, 06:15 PM   #8
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You can all relate to this problem. When we want to go to bed it is so noisy. I have put him in the tub numerous times, tried benedryl, had the shots, put medicine on them, all w/no change. I feel sorry that he is having this trouble. He just can't relax. Oh, he also has history of ear problems, may be why he is deaf. When we first found out was so sad. I think the vet cleaned his ears too deep but who can know how this happens. Such a little guy and in such misery. I will give the benedryl again. Better than the steroid. I think it was Prednisone (sp). When he finally gets to sleep I hesitate making noise to bother him. Just like having baby here.

I do so appreciate your comments. Only breaks my heart to know our little friends have to be so miserable. Thanks for your suggestions and sharing your comments.
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I've used lanocaine spray on them and it seemed to give some relief.
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Old 08-23-2006, 01:11 PM   #10
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I too have tried this and they lick it right off. I am worried about him getting some kind of illness from ingested medicine. I am giving him Benedryl since yest erday and hope it works. So far nothing but I guess it has to have time. Times he can hardly walk on his paws.
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