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Stopping a Dog from Licking Paws

May 9, 2012

American BulldogI would love to see an article about American Bulldogs regarding their skin allergies and paw licking. I need to know how to stop it! Thank you :)

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By Kaylee

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May 10, 20120 found this helpful
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I have heard about giving Benadryl to dogs for itching. Ask your vet or google for information. I have an American Bulldog with skin allergies. She is on Atopica which is a prescription medication. It's the only thing that helped her. We found her a vet who specializes in skin issues.

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Athlete's foot spray. They pick up fungus same as we do. Another is the old fashioned listerine. Generic from the dollar store is fine.

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The amber not the blue or green. Used on all kinds of animals. Great on lots of dog itch.

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January 7, 2015

Why does my Bassett Hound keep licking the middle if his paw all the time?

By Dympna

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January 8, 20150 found this helpful
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Either boredom or allergies, it can be contact (grass etc.) or inhalant. I wouldn't be surprised if he had ear problems too, it's inherent for Bassetts.

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I say boredom as well because sometimes these dogs are too smart for their own good and if they aren't kept busy, they find other outlets.

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Sometimes dogs do this as a response to anxiety. Be sure you dog gets enough exercise and affection from you. If there are situations in the home that cause anxiety, do something about them.

The other thing to consider is food allergies. Try different hypoallergenic diets to see if it will improve things. Good luck.

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July 16, 20160 found this helpful
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My Pitt started doing the same thing to himself this year. To the point he started limping shortly after we started our daily walks. The get said due to the mild winter here in Oregon, the pollen was unusually high, causing his itching.

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The Benadryl spray didn't seem to work as well as the perception spray given by the vet. Now what DeOhGee starts to itch, I just ask if he wants his medicine and he stops immediately and waits for me to spray his feet.

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January 20, 2011

My dog is licking her paw raw and now I have noticed crusties in her eyes. Please help.

By Ariah from Shoreview, MN

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January 20, 20110 found this helpful

I just read in my animal pill book today and it said it is safe to use benedryl but preceed with caution: get the ok from your vet first just to double check. You could also spray the paw with a spray that doesnt smell good to him(or her), and you could put an eye drop in the eye(s). That helped mine.

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January 21, 20110 found this helpful

What kind of dog food are you feeding? The commercial brands sold in most stores contain too much grain which triggers allergies. Switch to a higher quality food with less grain.

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January 22, 20110 found this helpful

One of the best things for humans and animals, both inside and out, is good coconut oil. It has healing qualities of many kinds. Google it.
Pat

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March 9, 20110 found this helpful

My dog was also licking his paws and legs constantly (he also scratched, gnawed on, and itched other areas around his tail, stomach). I read online that it could be a sign of food allergy, most likely from grain. I stopped the dry food and took him off all grains immediately and the change was amazing! Within a few days he was 80% better and within a couple of weeks he was completely back to his healthy self.

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Then two months ago I got some books on raw food and switched him over to 80% meat, 10% edible bone, 10% organs - and at 12 years old, he is now running around like he did when he was 3 years old. I look for meat on sale and it really doesn't get that much more expensive. Especially since I don't have to run to the vet all the time and pay for all these medications for itchiness, arthritis, etc. And I stopped the vaccinations, as he started to develop seizures/balance problems after he got them. I feel like I have my young dog back :) Maybe some of this can be useful to you. I wish you great luck with the health of your dog.

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October 2, 20150 found this helpful

My doberman has been licking her paws off and on for years. Veterinarian did allergy testing, etc but to no avail. She is still pulling the hair out. I tried a raw diet which helped, and tried too many to list ointments and sprays, but if I didn't cover up the legs with bandages, the licking would continue nonstop. I have mentioned this problem to other dog walkers and one mentioned to use these posh protectors to stop the dog licking at http://www.doglickingpaws.com the posh sleeves have been super fast to put on and my dog doesn't lick her legs anymore and the hair is growing back.

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Finally I found something that works to stop the obsessive licking.

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October 21, 20160 found this helpful

do have their telephone number as it seems that I can get to their website,, it says cant be reach, not sure if they are still in business, but I hope so.

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