Have you noticed that your dog licks his paws quite often? Not immediately is this a cause for concern. Boredom can be one reason why your dog repeatedly licks his paws. In this particular case, it is harmless, but there may also be more to it. It is therefore important to take a close look at the problem if it persists.
We all suffer from boredom from time to time. All things considered, this is of course a luxury problem. Not infrequently it does not make our fingernails more beautiful (read nail biting). With dogs, boredom can also lead to similar behavior. Yet there may be other -less innocent- causes underlying the frequent licking of the paws. Here is an explanation of possible causes, from mild to more serious complaints:
Allergy- An allergy can range from a reaction to food to a reaction to, for example, an insect bite. Often the paws are irritated and red. Try to find out what your dog is having an allergic reaction to so that it can be prevented in the near future.
Infection- An infection on the footbed is often not an isolated issue. Often there is already a problem raging and an infection comes on top of that because the dog is constantly licking his paws. The saliva forms a breeding ground for bacteria and so the disease maintains itself. If the dog stops licking its paws constantly, the infection usually disappears too.
Burned paws- How is that possible? Well maybe faster and more often than you think! During hot summers, the asphalt can be so hot that a dog can burn its paws. Burns and blistering can then occur. If burns are severe, consult your veterinarian immediately.
Fungal infection- Again, excess saliva can elicit a fungal infection: the well-known foot fungus. It can be difficult to curb this ailment. Are you at a loss for words? Then check with your veterinarian about how best to proceed.
Injury- Dogs do not have shoe soles to protect their paws from sharp objects like we humans do. Therefore, it will not be the first time that injuries to the footbed occur. And these can vary in degree of severity. From a small scrape to an ugly open wound. Treat the affected area with a wound spray, such as Vetericyn Hydrogel. This spray immediately puts a protective layer over the injury, which is very convenient.
For example, use the Vetericyn products when you have problems with your dog's paws. Did you know that Vetericyn is also used to prevent fungi, like foot fungus? When burned or injured, Vetericyn has an immediate relieving effect. Treat the affected paws every day (several times a day is allowed) and the skin will visibly recover.