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Old 27-04-2012, 03:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My chocolate lab is nearly seven and has started to chew his paws leaving small bald patches , i had him to the vet and the vet says its just a habit there is nothing wrong with him ,yet he has only been doing it for about 2 months but front and rear paws have small patches on them, so what i want is any ideas on how to stop him doing this asa his feet look terrible.
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Old 27-04-2012, 03:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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they could be itchy and so perhaps he has developed an allergy in recent months.
WOuld make sense as now its getting into spring, the grasses are out and the pollen.

I would try after each walk to wash his feet in water. Checking over to make sure no grass seeds are stuck inbetween his pads.
Make sure you either dry them, or they dry on their own (dont put him to bed or anything with wet feet)

See how he gets on.

Do you walk over grassy areas? long grass or meadow type fields?
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Old 27-04-2012, 04:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sometimes dogs lick/chew their feet when they are in pain or discomfort elsewhere. Did the vet check the rest of him over, checking for any signs of pain or stiffness all over his body and legs? Did he take bloods and a urine sample?

I wouldn't put a sudden tendency to chew the feet until they were bald down to "nothing" and personally would probably get a second opinion from a different vet.

When I was young, our family dog suddenly started licking her feet until they were stained an orangy/pink coloured (she was a white dog). There was absolutely nothing wrong with her feet, but we later found out she had become Diabetic and I can't help but wonder if she found licking her feet comforting when she wasn't feeling quite right.
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Our four month old puppy was doing this at 8 weeks, just after we bought him home. We asked the vet when we went for vaccinations and they gave him something like an antimicrobial i think, which stopped the chewing. The fur is just starting to grow back now.
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Old 27-04-2012, 04:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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One other thing to consider is Mites, mites can make the feet itchy as they traverse the legs and head up to the ears, you can buy Thornit and use this on your dogs toes and in the ears
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Old 27-04-2012, 04:57 PM   #6 (permalink)
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All of what has been said already, plus can you remember if this happened last year in the spring. If it is an allergy to something this time of year like a grass or similar I would wash his feet with plain water after his walks, and try a couple of piriton a day to see if it works. If it has become a habit maybe try strapping some little socks on to try and break it for awhile.

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When Gus came to us his legs were in a terrible state from licking and chewing. It was a behavioural thing (acral lick). He actually licked himself so badly that he developed growths that were bleeding and infected. He had been being left alone a lot and we think he was doing it through stress and boredom.

We tried all sorts of things (anti-lick spray / strips, neck cone etc) but there was no magic cure from the pet store. He rarely does it now but that is because he has someone with him almost all of the time. If I have to leave him for more than an hour he is licking himself by the time I get back so I try to avoid that. I think it has become such a habit for him now that it somehow comforts him when he is lonely. The tissue that developed from licking is still there and I will never go but it isn't sore or infected now, just a bit bald.

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We had a lab that chewed his paws, he used to get red spots behind his paws I think it was linked to grass, it would go away on its own or when it was bad he needed steroid injections from the vet
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Also at this time of year, the nettles and thistles are starting to come through. They are low at the moment hidden by grass and they can irritate paws.

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Troy goes through phases of chewing his paws. It is usually related to his allergies. Like others have said, I make sure I rinse his feet throughly after walks.

We have also noticed that he chews his paws when his anal glands need emptying. No idea how they are connected, but whenever I mention to the vet about his paws, she checks his glands.
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