Why does my dog lick his paws?

Allergies are the most likely instigators of dogs excessively licking their paws. Unlike in humans, allergic reactions manifest themselves differently in dogs and can include itching, ear infections, hair loss and general skin issues.

Without treatment, constant licking and chewing of the paws can lead to infection. Therefore, it’s important that you take your dog to a veterinarian to determine the cause. In some cases, changing dog food brands can alleviate or even eliminate this activity if the allergic reaction is being caused by something in the dog's diet.

If your dogs licks his or her paws occasionally, there is generally no reason to worry. However if the behavior becomes severe, talk to your vet about possible treatments.

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