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sidekickdmr

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2,323 posts

92 months

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So our little Zoe seems to chew her paws/pads a lot, all 4 of them so its not as if she has something stuck in her paw.

I've looked and no sores or cuts!

Is this normal or a trip to a vet?

LiamB

6,596 posts

29 months

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Mine does it. (Staffy)


I was told it was a Yeast build up..

graphene

2,962 posts

41 months

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Yes, best visit the Vet. If the dog is licking all of it's paws, then it could be a skin allergy to any number of things: food, dust-mites/fleas, even fabric softener/perfumes. You could try putting a clean towel over the bedding; preferably washed with non-perfumed washing powder and no fabric conditioner. I assume, you have recently started putting your central heating back on (longer)? This could indicate that it is indeed a reaction/allergy to dust mites.

graphene

2,962 posts

41 months

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LiamB said:
Mine does it. (Staffy)


I was told it was a Yeast build up..
Unfortunately, fungal and bacterial infections can result from the constant licking, when the actual cause is an allergy. We have a Staffie-cross, that's just been through this, and eventually, had scrapes, test done etc... Obviously, each case is different, but that's just our experience. We already fed them hypoallergenic food, but we changed brands and recipe with no improvement. We are also giving the little, manic licking beast daily Piriton, but that alone doesn't seem to resolve it. Scrapes are quite costly, so I'd say it's worth trying the other things first.

Edited by graphene on Monday 8th October 22:41

bexVN

10,913 posts

97 months

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It's a habit forming behaviour aswell esp if initially not treated promptly and can be used by dogs as a stress reliever. It may start as a medical problem but carries on even when the initial cause has resolved.

Just another consideration on top of the good ones already mentioned!
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nadger

561 posts

26 months

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My hound does it, and has always done it. We have had all the tests, but the vet reckons its a learnt habit now, akin to chewing your nails!
It's a real pain though, as she leaves muddy marks on whatever she's lieing on at the time.
Utterly unhelpful I'm afraid, sorry!

Malx

834 posts

90 months

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One of our dogs did this, he would lick and chew on his paws until they were raw. I think we checked each paw to make sure there was no injury then just stopped him doing it. By this I mean every time he went to lick his paws we distracted him, call him over, make him retrieve something. He just seemed to stop after a few weeks.






cwis

560 posts

65 months

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My hound does this occasionally - especially when she's tired (bless!)

If the licking gets too frequent and lengthy I wash her paws in salt water. Ice cream container with a couple of inches of warm water in it and 5 desert spoons of salt.

It seems to dry the paws out (especially in the crevices between the pads) and stops them getting itchy. And she likes the attention!

danrc

2,480 posts

96 months

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Wednesday 10th October 2012 quote quote all
how old is the pooch? could it be arthritis? my mil's cavalier king Charles does it all the time and its supposedly due to this.

sidekickdmr

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2,323 posts

92 months

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She is only 14 weeks old!

She seems to have stopped doing it for the meantime, I'll keep an eye out for it though!

Thanks guys

Granville

806 posts

57 months

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Thursday 11th October 2012 quote quote all
has she been through nettles or thistles at all.

danrc

2,480 posts

96 months

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Thursday 11th October 2012 quote quote all
how old is the pooch? could it be arthritis? my mil's cavalier king Charles does it all the time and its supposedly due to this.

Spiffing

1,528 posts

96 months

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Friday 12th October 2012 quote quote all
Mine chews his feet when his anal glands need emptying hurl
I'm not an expert but wouldn't say this would be an issue for a 14 week old.

Isaac Hunt

7,197 posts

97 months

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Spiffing said:
Mine chews his feet when his anal glands need emptying hurl.
That has to be the most god-awful smell in the universe.

I have smelt a lot of bad things in my life, including the contents of a freezer that had been switched off for two months in the summer, but the smell of a dog's anal gland being emptied would curdle milk in the next village.

Karyn

5,993 posts

54 months

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I don't see how any of you can possibly advise... there are no pictures of Zoe!


Sidekick.

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Y NO PHOTOS?

Spiffing

1,528 posts

96 months

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Isaac Hunt said:
That has to be the most god-awful smell in the universe.

I have smelt a lot of bad things in my life, including the contents of a freezer that had been switched off for two months in the summer, but the smell of a dog's anal gland being emptied would curdle milk in the next village.
Trust me, it is horrific, both my vet and I were actually gagging when my dogs were emptied last week. Unfortunatly my dogs glands fill very quickly, the vet cleared them last week and 7 days later they were 3/4 full again which was my fault as I left it too long between clearances and they were backed up. My vet keeps trying to encourage me to do them myself, but it is one thing I glady pay a vet nurse to do.

bexVN

10,913 posts

97 months

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That really isn't normal at all, no dog should need there glands emptying again 1 wk after they've been done, unless they're infected?

Why don't you get the glands removed. A good surgical vet should be able to do it without complication smile

Spiffing

1,528 posts

96 months

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bexVN said:
That really isn't normal at all, no dog should need there glands emptying again 1 wk after they've been done, unless they're infected?

Why don't you get the glands removed. A good surgical vet should be able to do it without complication smile
It is totally my fault, I had left them too long without getting them emptied.
My vet didn't mention I can get them removed, when I asked she recomended All Bran, which he now enjoys. Is there any health issues in the long run for a dog which has no anal glands, or is it purely for scenting reasons?

bexVN

10,913 posts

97 months

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Purely scenting. The all bran may do the job, just make sure your dog down' t get constipated!

Some vets are reluctant to suggest it as it can cause faecal incontinence, however I've this surgery done very successfully over the yrs (I have never seen a dog become permanently incontinent only initially for a few days after)

It'd only be offered if a dog is continually getting problems and nothing else is working and esp when dogs start to dread the procedure.

Problem is over frequent emptying can actually make the problem worse not better.

Eta having just re read your post I've realised you meant that they were so full they had to be properly emptied in two goes. 1 week apart!

If this was a one off then removal probably is a bit of an extreme response.

Some dogs never need them emptying.

Edited by bexVN on Friday 12th October 22:30

Spiffing

1,528 posts

96 months

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Thanks, he loves the vets, but as soon as the gloves go on he does start to worry, which is understandable.
He should go every weeks, or when I spot the signs of discomfort, which ever is earlier, but I let it go to 9 hence the "backlog". I will have a chat to my vet about it, but I think once every 6 weeks is managable. I have never had a dog which needed them emptying once before and it took a while to twig that they needed doing as he dosen't scoot but furiously chews his feet instead. I was lucky my vet suggested checking them before costly bills trying to find the source of irratation.
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