Dog Keeps Licking Paws – Know why your Pekingese is Doing It

 


Dog Keeps Licking Paws – Know why your Pekingese is Doing It

Dog keeps licking paws? At some point, any dog owner would be bothered if his dog is chewing and licking his paws nonstop. And if left untreated, it can lead to other serious problems. This is a common indication of allergies or pad injury, especially food allergies in canines.

When a dog licks his paws, it is a common sight and this is normal. However if your pekingese is chewing or licking his paws for more than 5 seconds regularly, then this is an indication of something wrong.

There are several reasons on why your pekingese may chew or lick his paws:

Pad injury – Generally, a dog would chew or lick the affected paw pad if there are any injury on it. So, as an owner, thoroughly check his foot and paw pad to see what is wrong like a strain, sprain or injured foot pad. A broken nail can also cause a dog to lick his paws.

Chemical contact – If your pekingese happened to take a stroll on your recently-fertilized lawn, this could cause dermatitis which causes him to lick and chew his paws. During cold season, his paws could get irritated from the chemical salt or road salt melts.

Food allergies – This is the most common cause of paw licking and chewing in dogs. Allergies may arise all of a sudden. Watch his diet and try to pinpont which one is the culprit and change his diet. Also you can visit your vet and ask for a prescription on antihistamines.

Anxiety – If he is experiencing separation anxiety, he has the tendency to chew on his ankle area or paws when left all alone or when other stressful situations arise at home. A behavioral therapy can help him a lot in stopping this one.

Dog Keeps Licking Paws

Paw licking is triggered by stress from both external and internal factors. Allergies, parasites, environmental causes, psychological events or a combination of multiple reasons can cause a dog to begin licking his paws.

Complications from infections, or other contributors, such as hypo-thyroidism or changes in brain chemistry, can cause more licking and chewing, which further damages the skin, spreads infection, and begins a downward spiral.

Usually, the more intelligent dogs are also the worst lickers. Their intelligence often causes them to react to stress in ways very similar to humans. Genetically selected for thousands of years to be our companions and helpers, these dogs were bred to understand commands and perform duties such as herding, hunting, fishing, defending the home or going to war. In short, they were genetically designed to have jobs.

Without jobs, they feel useless and bored. Without something to do, they will think something up.

Source: Dog Paw Licking, http://www.dogpawlicking.com/

How to Reduce your Dog’s Paw Licking

  • Do the Soak. Use a tub and put enough water to cover the pads of your pekingese. Pour in Povidone Iodine until the solution is the same color as the iced tea. Povidone Iodione is a safe, antifungal, anti-yeast, antibacterial and non-toxic solution. Let your dog stand in the solution for 2-5 minutes. After which, do not rinse his foot just pat it dry and you are done.
  • Diet Alteration. Be patient on finding out which among the food you have given him is causing his allergies. It may be a lot of work but you have to do this if you don’t want things to become more serious. Food allergies are acute and would develop all of a sudden even though your pekingese has the same diet for the past years.
  • Visit the Vet. If you don’t know what to do then it is ideal to bring your dog to the nearest clinic or animal hospital so that he would be given proper medications for it. Antihistamines are usually given if it is proven that he has allergies.

I hope this post resolved your issue on why your dog keeps licking paws.  It may be a common sight for canines but you should also be vigilant in observing on his frequency on paw licking.  If it is already compulsive then get to the root of it and eradicate  or at least reduce paw licking as soon as possible.

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