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Does your dog lick its paws?
Everything you need to know about why
Causes of why dogs lick paws
Dogs lick paws syndrome is a common condition with a wide variety of causes. If left untreated, it can lead to painful and often serious consequences including self harm/injury, e.g.
If a dog is licking all 4 paws, the cause is either an atopic allergy and/or an environmental issue. Here is a list of triggers to watch out for:
Psychological reasons triggering dogs to lick paws are habit & boredom, stress, anxiety and depression. Here's a list of triggers to watch out for:
Chronic or compulsive "dogs lick paws" syndrome usually follows a familiar cycle.
Treatment for dogs lick paws
Fortunately, few dogs reach the most serious stages of compulsive licking, and treatment for "dogs lick paws" is pretty simple - the key is locating the cause and removing it.
In the case of allergies, please see our page on Dog Allergy Treatment.
And in case of fleas, mites, and some allergies, these can easily be accomplished with a visit to the vet or if you would care to go the natural way please visit our home flea remedy page, and Allergy Free Products page.If you have a stressed dog which is showing signs of excessive grooming, pacing, chewing and/or self-harming as in licking its paws to the point self- mutilation, we can confidentially recommend a flower essence called "Obsession Remedy".
In the case of boredom, depression and frustration, exercise and massage are your best bets.
Dogs love to exercise and run, particularly dogs bred to work such as hunters, herders, guard dogs and so on. For larger breeds, try roller skating or cycling as you exercise them, and go swimming with your dog if it is a water breed. Exercise, exercise and more exercise usually does the trick.
And finally, dogs absolutely thrive on the touch of the human they love, so one of the best things you can do for a nervous strung out pet is to learn how to give it a proper massage. A massage not only makes a dog feel good, but it stimulates its brain to produce endorphins and other neurotransmitters which act as natural anti-depressants.
Finish off by wiping your dog's legs and paws down with apple cider vinegar. Dogs really don't like the smell or taste! It's absolutely harmless if they do ingest it, and it has some excellent healing benefits to boot.
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I have used Rescue Remedy (shown below) for the past 24 years (actually, lets be specific - I have used it for my darling doggie Poppie and her predecessors) and found it absolutely marvelous! If you need to calm your pet down at any time, give it a go, you won't regret it (Poppie usually uses it before her bath time). Each bottle lasts her for ages!
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