Why Do Dogs Lick Their Paws?
March 21, 2023
Dogs aren’t really known for self grooming and it’s very suprising to know that licking their paws is a way to clean themselves. Generally it’s normal behaviour and it’s a sign that your pup wants to look after themself!
Constant paw licking though should be monitored, just in case there are any underlying issues. If your pup has a skin irritation, it could be allergies. Some grasses, weeds and even dust can cause allergies, so it’s a good idea to check for other symptoms like sneezing, swollen eyes or a runny nose.
Dogs can also have allergies to certain foods. Monitor your dog to see if they display symptoms more often after mealtimes. Always look at the labels of dog food and treats to avoid ingredients that could trigger allergies or visit your vet for advice if the licking seems to happen more after meals.
Your pup could also be bored or be suffering from separation anxiety. These can lead to unhealthy habits, like excessive barking, digging, destructive chewing and excessive licking of their paws. Leaving your clothing to comfort your dog while you aren’t there or a fun toy can help keep your dog entertained can help, but if it persists, you should see your vet to get advice.
Sometimes, dogs lick their paws to manage pain as well, if they always seem to be licking the same paw it’s a good idea to check for bites, nail issues or burns or alternatively it could be arthritis causing pain. Your vet can help with medication to make your pup more comfortable.
More often than not, it really is because your dog wants to keep clean and occasional licking is normal and perfectly healthy, but if you feel that your dog is licking too much it’s a good idea to check as the licking can build up moisture in the paws and could lead to a bacterial infections