Dear Daisy Dog
My 2-year-old toy poodle constantly licks his front and back paws, which look normal. We give him lots of attention, and he has plenty of toys. His licking is getting on our nerves. What can we do to stop it?
I live in a pine forest, and sometimes the pine sap mats the hair between my pads. When that happens, I lick my paws until Mom trims away the mats.
When I had mange last year, I licked because the mange mites triggered skin infections between my toes and elsewhere. Once the infections cleared, I stopped licking.
During allergy season, my brother Sam licks his paws because they itch. Once he starts taking an antihistamine, he stops licking.
One of my dog friends chews his nails when they’re too long. His people trim his nails – and the chewing stops.
An additional reason we dogs lick our feet is boredom.
As you see, foot licking has many causes, and each is treated differently.
Your veterinarian can determine the cause in your dog’s case, and most importantly, recommend an effective treatment. Make an appointment today.