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Old 10-04-2019, 07:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cleo loves to lick everyone's face, but other than the occasional obsession with her crotch, i hadn't noticed this problem before. Earlier this week, she started licking the top of one of her front paws. I wondered if she stepped in something that irritated her but there was nothing visible. There was no change in her diet or anything else I'm aware of. I have offered her chews that she likes, to give her something else to do with her mouth, but she eventually goes back to the paw. i have to think something there is bothering her. Now, after a few days, i noticed she has a small raw spot on top of one of her toes. Obviously i don't want this to continue! Any advice on stopping it and on protecting the part of her foot that is irritated?
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There is definitely something bothering her poor little foot. Did you clip her feet recently? I would wipe her paws with a wash cloth with water and put a little coconut oil on and see if it helps. If it doesn't, I would seek veterinary assistance.
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It could be boredom or anxiety if not a medical issue. To prevent bad habits, whenever one of my dogs starts licking their paws for more than a few seconds, I tell them to leave it.

If they really need to lick more, theyíll do it at bedtime when Iím not around. Especially with Merlin, who has an anxiety disorder, I donít want to risk it.
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Thank you--i will do that. I bathed her and trimmed the hair on her feet a week ago, and couple days later i trimmed her toenails. I didn't notice any irritation at that time, hmm.
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It is probably something irritating the paw - I would check very carefully for grass seeds, harvest mites, broken skin, torn nail, etc.
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Sometimes Renn will lick his paws for a day or two after being groomed. Especially if his groomer goes really short I think its itchy or irritated.
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I agree with Dechi. If it's not something like an allergy or sensitivity to something outside or a food allergy, (doubtful) it may well be a sign of anxiety or boredom. See if you can distract her when you see her going on for more than what you think it would take her to be satisfied with "grooming" herself. Get her interested in something else and reinforce. But yeah, first make sure it's not something physiological...medical.
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We have been watering the yard after overseeding a few weeks ago. The seed was covered with mulchy dirt, which made a big mess on our floor... And as a result of that i have been checking her feet closely when she comes in to make sure nothing got stuck. But the grass is pretty far along growing in now, so there's not much exposed dirt left. The seed itself was always well covered, and I didn't find any on her feet. I was wondering earlier if the mulch might irritate her. The fact that it's only one foot makes me think it's irritation rather than boredom or anxiety.

Today i made a paste of baking soda and water and put it between her toes and on top of the one that has a raw spot. I don't know if it helped, but of course she wanted to lick that, too. (bleah)

I also wonder if maybe i didn't trim her hair short enough around her paws/paw pads, since there's still a good bit of hair in there.
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If Iwere you I would check and see if there were any additives, chemicals, etc in that grass seed and mulch. They add the strangest things, even dyes, stabilizers, chemical fertilizers,.... all of which are toxins.
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Another thing that can cause it is yeast infections on the paws. I think they're harder to notice on darker skinned dogs. I think you can get medicated ointment or shampoo to put on them. But it could also be allergies or a bug bite or plant.
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