Why Dogs Lick Their Paws, and Should You be Concerned?
There are a multitude of reasons why your pet might chew or lick its paws.
Dogs may sometimes self-groom by licking their paws and other body parts. However, if they show a new specific interest and appear to be uncomfortable or focused on an area or areas of their paws, this may indicate a cause for concern and require a visit to the vet to determine the cause, and initiate some treatment.
Common reasons that dogs lick or chew their paws include:
Allergies resulting in dermatitis
Objects stuck in their paws like grass seeds, plant burrs, or small rocks
Infections- yeast and bacterial
Emotional conditions like stress, anxiety, or even boredom
Pain from arthritic joints, sprains or fractures
When to bring your pet to the vet for their paws
You should contact us or book an appointment if your dog is:
Showing a new, unusual interest in their paws
Obsessively licking and chewing
Not letting you examine the affected area, or if the area is red and swollen
Showing changes in behaviour
Exhibiting signs of pain, discomfort
We are always happy to help and advise you, don't hesitate to contact us if you have concerns with your furry family.