how can I keep my dog from licking & chewing at his paws?

Asked by Member 870261 on Aug 23rd 2009 in The Dogster Website
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Your dog probably has food allergies. Chewing on the paws and/or chewing at the base of the tail are a good sign that the dog has an allergic reaction to wheat, corn or gluten.
Look at the ingredients of the food you're feeding him. Do you see corn or wheat or gluten somewhere in the ingredients? If so switch foods. Go to a grain free food. You can find a good grain free food at most pet stores. Feed supply stores have lots to choose from too.
Another thing to look for in the food you're now feeding your dog is if there is chicken in the food. Chicken is a source of allergies in dogs too. Try going grain free and chicken free. Lots of grain free foods that are beef, lamb, buffalo, venison or bison based.
Do the switch slowly though. Add a little of the new food in with his old food and slowly, over a week or so, increase the amount of new food and less old food. You do it too fast and your dog will have diarrhea.
Start there with the food and see if it stops. It takes a few weeks.

answered on Aug 23rd.

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Rocky  2002 ~ 2010

My Rat-Cha has allergies to just about everything, including mulch and grasses. We always wash his lower legs and paws when he comes in from a walk. In cool weather, he wears paw protectors. We also use an E-collar when we are not at home or asleep because that is when he will chew himself raw. He has learned not to do it in front of us. We tried the spray deterrents and they didn't work. In fact, I think he LIKED the bitter taste. We are moving to WV from FL in the fall and, while we were up there on vacation, he had no itching or problems so we think he is allergic to the tropical environment. Food allergies are the usual culprit but any allergy will make them lick and chew.

Rocky 2002 ~ 2010 answered on 8/24/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer