Raw spots on paws

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Barked: Thu Jan 24, '13 10:10am PST 
Sencha has had some raw spots on her paws a few times in the past month or two. Vet couldn't really give me a reason that it was happening.. It dawned on me that after playing outside, there are sometimes dried on/hard to clean spots of dirt on her paws. So I began to suspect that she could be pulling out the fur with the dirt while cleaning herself. I've started making an effort to keep her paws extra clean, and there hasn't been a problem since.

Has this happened with your shibas?

I'm a licker,- not a biter!
Barked: Fri Jan 25, '13 11:32am PST 
When Saki was little she used to lick her paws raw!! Drove me crazy! The key is to clean their paws after outside walks.