Dog Constantly Licking or Chewing Their Paws? Here’s 5 Things That Can Help

Licking and biting of the toes and paws is a common behavior
among dogs. While some degree of licking is considered normal, dogs
with red, swollen paws or chronic saliva staining likely have an
underlying medical problem.

There are several reasons a dog may chew their paws such as dry
skin, wounds, growths, irritants like burrs or ticks, anxiety
and allergic
skin disease
.

Whatever the cause of the irritation, paw-chewing can lead to
pain, limping and secondary
yeast
or bacterial infections. It is important to consult with
your veterinarian about your dog’s diet, lifestyle and
environment so that he or she can determine the best treatment
plan.

While only a professional can treat serious veterinary issues
like lick granulomas, tumors of the paw, skin infections, and
chronic allergies, there are things you can do at home to reduce
paw licking caused by dry skin or contact dermatitis.

5 Ways to Help Your Pup Beat Itchy Paws

1. Soothe your pup’s paws with a natural topical
solution. 
Every time your pooch walks outside, he or she
comes in contact with potential allergens and irritants like pollen
and lawn chemicals. After cleaning your pup’s paws with a mild
soap, trying spraying a natural topical anti-itch solution,

such as this one
, to your dog’s paws.

Anti-Itch
Paw Spray available on iHeartDogs

2. Reduce allergen exposure. In addition to
outdoor allergens that travel inside on our clothes and shoes,
several indoor substances can also aggravate your dog’s skin.
Dust mites, pet dander, cleaning chemicals and cigarette smoke are
just a few of the many potential household irritants. While there
is no way to completely eliminate certain molecules, keeping the
dirt and dust to a minimum and frequently laundering your dog’s
bedding can work wonders.

3. Weather proof your home. Hot, moist weather
can be particularly difficult for dogs with dermatitis, while
winter’s utter lack of humidity can wreak havoc on dry-skinned
pups. Keep your home soothingly air conditioned from the summer
heat and use a humidifier to reduce irritation in dry winter
conditions.

4. Change up their diet. The more wholesome
your pup’s diet, the better equipped their systems will be to
fight off allergens and external irritants. If your dog has food
sensitivities, be sure to check labels carefully to ensure you are
feeding an allergen-free diet. Consult your vet about whether a
limited ingredient, grain-free diet is right for your pooch.

5. Add an Omega fatty acid
supplement.
 Omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids are
derived from fish oils and plant-based sources. They benefit your
dog’s skin by helping to keep their own natural oils at healthy
levels and acting as anti-inflammatories to reduce the intensity of
allergens.


Project Paws® Omega-3-6-9 Select soft chews
 are excellent
sources of omega fatty acids and have been recently revamped to
contain krill meal rather than the salmon oil commonly used by
other brands. Krill meal packs a significantly more concentrated
and pure source of omega fatty acids, making it the superior
choice.

The new formula was also designed to allow pups with food
sensitivities to reap the skin-nourishing benefits of omega fatty
acids without the risk of irritation. These delicious treats are
now 100% gluten-free, grain-free and soy-free!

Learn
More About Our 
Omega 3-6-9 Select Grain Free Skin &
Coat Chews with Pure Antarctic Krill Oil


Learn
More About Our Anti-Itch Spray


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug
Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat,
cure, or prevent any disease. The information on this website is
not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified
health care professional. 

Source: FS – Dogs – iHD
Dog Constantly Licking or Chewing Their Paws? Here’s 5 Things That Can Help