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    Default Stop chewing your paws!!!!

    So my lab Josie has an annoying habit
    She chews and licks her paws.. She goes into a trance she loves it!
    I hate her doing it coz not only does she leave wet patches on the lounge bed carpet anywhere shes doing it, but her paws look pink and sore
    I've been to two different vets for two opinions
    First vet said allergies gave me steroid cream,said it could be grass or anything,I haven't changed her food and I only give her raw bones occasionally as a treat
    Second vet said its a enjoyment/ habit thing that by doing it releases endorphins and feels good when she does it.
    I just don't know, but it's getting to the point where I'm putting socks on her at night and sticky taping them up so she can't get to them... Does anyone else have a dog that does this or know of any store that sell socks for dogs lol my husband is getting mad coz he never has any clean socks coz they're on the dogs paws...lol

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    It can now be both.it might have started with an allergy and become self gratifying to do........There are special sprays to get rid of the inflammation and some taste foul

    There is one from the vet which is quite expensive, but easy to work and has a bitter taste too.....Cortavance Spray. A couple of sprays a day

    If you have your dog outside for some time, get some purple spray (cetrimide/cetrigen) from the produce store or Horse places..it works really well, but is messy. Make sure it has been on and dry before you let your dog in again.

    The very cheap thing to try is to dip your dogs feet in Apple cider vinegar twice a day....it might work

    Do not go the Tea-tree oil way, because some dogs have severe allergy to that...Even though some dogs do fine with it.
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    Hi Elle, my old lab was a bugger for that as well for about the last 5 years of his life. My vet suggested it was because his joints were sore as it was usually around the joint on the front of both his feet and he had Mr Author Itis in other joints as well, I used to put diluted Neem oil on and that healed the area well but Newfies suggestions are great as well and probably easier to get, and the foul tasting suggestion sounds like a winner.

    Being a young dog it is more likely an allergy or habit.
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    Both Molly & Benji do it as well, i just think it's something they enjoyed doing. Didn't really bother me until a trainer at obedience looked down her nose at Molly's feet and said "that's not good for her, it's a bacterial infection" because her feet are light pink between her toes - this was during winter when the grass is damp & muddy so i suppose she wanted me to put gumboots on her feet!

    I've just let her be, it doesn't seem to affect her and she only does it before she goes to sleep.

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    Thanks guys I feel better knowing its not too serious, I'll try the suggestions thanks guys..and anyway she does look rather cute in her socks lol

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    Can I use normal white vinegar? Or Vicks?

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    I used Dencorub on Cyrus's tail as he pulled all the hair out and the same on his back feet which he sits there and sucks like a baby. Worked a treat, you just have to apply a small amount to the hair only (not the skin). I applied 3-4 times a day over a period of about 2 weeks and haven't had to do it again in well over a year.

    I don't know what caused his it seemed more like a bad habit than anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elle.burns View Post
    Can I use normal white vinegar? Or Vicks?
    I use Apple cider vinegar, becuase it is also a treatment..ordinary vinegar would be fine to try first
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    Two of mine do it too. It doesn't worry me and won't unless hair is licked off, can see a sore etc.
    I have a habit from young childhood of running a finger lightly between fingers of my other hand..exactly as you would when tracing the outline of the hand on paper. I think it was my way then of distracting myself with the light calming tickling affect when my verbally abusive alcoholic father was in full reign.
    I still do it without even knowing I am at times and it is only done to my left hand. I have never claimed to be normal, lol.
    Last edited by Di_dee1; 04-21-2012 at 03:13 PM.

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    Jack loves licking his paws. I often tell him he'll lick em away one day lol. But i've never seen any irritation from it, its just something he does, especially after eating

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