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Why Does My Dog Lick His Paws?

Have you ever noticed your dog licking or chewing their paws? Does your dog seem to do this constantly to the point where sores develop? If your pet isn’t injured and a yeast infection is ruled out, chances are your pup is most likely suffering from an allergy. Symptoms like licking or chewing paws, sneezing, red eyes, and a watery nose are signs your dog is suffering from an allergy and it’s bothering him. It’s important to get to the bottom of why they are exhibiting this behavior.

These symptoms arise sometimes because of new products your dog may come into exposure with. Did you start using a new household product? Symptoms can be caused by irritation due to a new perfume you began wearing or detergents used to wash bedding your pet sleeps on. If your pet continues to suffer from symptoms, this indicates that your pet may in fact be experiencing those symptoms due to the change in season.

If you can’t determine whether the allergy is coming from a product in your house, it may be due to seasonal allergies. Just like humans, dogs can suffer from the change of seasons and this could be the reason your pet is licking or chewing their paws so much. Ragweed, grasses, and pollens are just a few examples of factors that could contribute to your dog suffering from an allergy.

If any of the symptoms mentioned describe your pet’s behavior, make an appointment for them to be seen by their veterinarian. If the veterinarian determines your pet is suffering from allergies, follow his or her directions to get a handle on your pet’s suffering. The veterinarian may prescribe allergy fighting medications such as Diphenhydramine or Atopica. Frequent baths or soaks in prescription grade shampoos like PhytoVet C 4% may be recommended to help alleviate your pet’s symptoms as well. It may take some time to find the right medications or treatments for your pet. Evaluate your pet closely and try your best not to get discouraged if you have to try a few different methods of treatment. Your pet will appreciate your help to alleviate their aggravating allergies.

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