For the past few days, Lucas has been going at his paws like they’re a tasty steak bone. They haven’t started to get red or swell up yet, nor has the hair become thin around the area, but I have a feeling that it’s just a matter of time before that starts to happen if he keeps going at them. So I did a little research and most likely, the reason that he’s chewing at his paws are because they’re itchy due to allergies. I’m sure that this is probably the case for him because he’s a very healthy dog and allergy season is just beginning again, but just in case, I looked into the other possibilities on why Lucas, or your dog is biting his paws. There’s nothing that breaks my heart more than not knowing what’s wrong with my little pooch.
If your dog is showing classic allergy symptoms such as watery eyes, sneezing, and itching, then allergies are probably your answer. Along with the chewing on their paws, these symptoms can mean that your pooch is uncomfortable with allergies, and should the chewing turn into scabbing, swollen paws, or even just redness, contact your vet to make an appointment.
Because dogs don’t have fingers like us, when they can’t use their nails to scratch an itch, they resort to using their teeth. Your dog could be irritated by grass or something on your lawn outside, or even a type of floor cleaner you are using inside. Think about any changes you may have made around the house regarding cleaners and products or anything new that is being used on your lawn or anywhere outside where your dog walks. That could be your answer to your fluffy friend’s new habit.
Even if your pooch had allergies or an irritant before, once the issue is resolved your dog may continue to chew his paws out of habit, which could lead to dryness and flakiness, even infection. If you notice any of these symptoms, make sure you schedule an appointment at the vet for your pup so the issue can be resolved as soon as possible.
Certain breeds are susceptible to airborne allergies which could lead to the paw chewing, so if you own a Boston terriers, Lhasa apsos, shih tzu, Labrador retriever, dalmatian, shar-pei or West Highland white terrier (even a mutt with one of those mixed in) keep an eye on them. They tend to be particularly vulnerable to to allergens and paw chewing, so be aware of the situation.
MITES AND FLEAS
Along with allergies, other environmental factors including mites, fleas, and fungus, could be the reason for your dog’s incessant paw chewing. Sometimes mites and fleas can go unnoticed at first because they are too small to see, but just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t there. If you think this may be the cause of your dog’s paw chewing, take them to the vet right away so they can be treated. To prevent this from happening as much as you can, make sure your dog takes flea medications regularly.
I’m sure that all Lucas is experiencing are some allergies because it’s that time of year, but it’s good to know that these other factors do exist. I’ll be keeping a close eye on my little bud, and if your pooch is experiencing similar symptoms to Lucas, keep all of this in mind!