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dog won't stop licking his feet

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by gaited horse, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. gaited horse

    gaited horse Merry Christmas!

    Aug 14, 2008
    Fernley, NV
    there is nothing wrong with his foot i have checked. he licks them until they are raw
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I had that problem. Vet said it's a food allergy. My dog Cody did that every time he got food with chicken in it. Had to keep him on lamb and rice or beef.
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Or it can also be a grass allergy.
     
  4. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our Aussie does the same thing. We've had to put a doggie boot on his paws before so his self-made sores would heal.
     
  5. gaited horse

    gaited horse Merry Christmas!

    Aug 14, 2008
    Fernley, NV
    if i put the boots on i have to record it and post on here. he stared to lick his feet whan he was on a diet dog food and now he just lick them for fun
     
  6. FlightsofFancy

    FlightsofFancy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It could be a number of things, but I will need some more information. What breed? How old is he? How often is he bathed/groomed? What food are you using?
    What do you mop/clean with? Carpet powder? pesticides in yard?
    As a groomer I see this a ton! Sometimes it starts out as a topical irritant and then becomes a behavorial issue.
    It could be caused by food, but then you would be having ear problems and other skin issues, too. Thinning coat, scratching...
    Usually grass and dust allergies run about the same.
    If you think it is allergies then putting raw local honey in his food is a must. Also, probiotics, omegas (fish oils) and a digestive aid like papaya. Some dog foods are marketed with allergies in mind so just pick one with out grains like corn and glueten.
    Until I know more, get a bottle of bitter apple and spray those paws to stop the licking.
    Good luck![​IMG]
     
  7. glowworm

    glowworm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how old is your dog and what breed?

    are there any triggers to the licking?

    does your dog have a compulsive or high anxiety personality?
     
  8. gaited horse

    gaited horse Merry Christmas!

    Aug 14, 2008
    Fernley, NV
    the one that is licking he's feet is carson my labrador weimaerner mix he is around 3, he gets a bath every month and brushed once a day we don,t use a mop in the areas he is allowed in, no pestisides ever get in my house no carpet powder, no thinning coat, he is no perfect health other then the fact that he is a tad over weight probly about 10 pounds
    another thing about the foot licking thing is he only does it at night.
     
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2008
  9. hensdeliverthegoods

    hensdeliverthegoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's almost certainly a food allergy, then. Try a limited ingredient diet with very little - if any - corn products in it.
     
  10. chickypoo

    chickypoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also think it's a food allergy, or could it be poison ivy?
     

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