Why do dogs lick their legs and feet obsessively, and what can you do about it? Q: I have a dog who licks her feet and legs too much. She is groomed every month, and I give her daily dietary supplements. Her vet […]. Her vet says she might have back leg problems. Is she in pain?
Excessive paw licking in dogs is a common problem which can have different causes and clinical presentations. It may or may not be associated with other symptoms such as licking or scratching other parts of their body, shaking their head etc. It is certainly a sign that your dog is experiencing some discomfort and you should not ignore it. What can cause this? Allergies: Excessive paw licking could be the first symptom of an allergic reaction on your dog and it could progress to other parts of the body so it is important to check this with your vet as soon as you spot it.
Why dogs lick their feet and legs, and what to do about it
If your dog is constantly licking his paws or chewing his feet, there are several possible reasons for it. When we look at why dogs lick their paws, our first concern is whether the dog has injured his foot. He may also chew his foot when he has another problem such as hip dysplasia or arthritis. Our experienced veterinarians can determine the root cause of the pain and prescribe the appropriate treatment to make your best friend comfortable again. Your dog may be licking his paw because of contact allergies, or even food allergies.
Plenty of owners observe this common behavior in their dogs and wonder if they should be concerned. In some cases, dogs will gently but insistently lick one or both paws, but other canines will go so far as to chew on their toes, which can be disconcerting for any pet owner. The short answer is yes. You should always consult with your vet about this behavior, especially if it comes on suddenly, persists for long periods of time, or is accompanied by redness, swelling, odor, bleeding, limping or other possible signs of pain and infection. Although most dogs engage in this behavior occasionally for unknown reasons, others are prone to lick or Is your dog chewing?