Friday, November 13, 2009

Paw Lickin' Bad

Gibson has picked up a new bad habit: Paw Licking

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I'm not sure, but it seems like he does it when he's bored. Like, every morning when he's waiting for me to wake up. I hear, "slurp, slurp, slurp, slurp, slurp". At first, it was just annoying, but now it's become a problem..

This only started this week, and he only does it to his right paw (I think it's the right..), and the paw is noticeably more red because of it. It looks painful, and stresses me out.. I've read that grain allergies can cause this, but I just switched him to grain free food! So, it couldn't be that, right? My seasonal allergies have flared up in the past week, so maybe his have too? Or it could just be a boredom thing...

Owning a dog can be so hard sometimes :(

13 comments:

MenagerieMayhem said...

actually, it could be because of any food allergy, and not just grains - chicken is a very common dog allergen.

However, I can tell you that licking is really very common in corgis. Especially the senseless licking that leaves a wet spot on your sofa because the corgi just felt like licking it. I've got Merlin licking in his sleep - not necessarily licking a THING, just slurping away in the air.

But it does sound like he has an allergy, and paw licking is usually a food one. I suppose you could try giving him half a benadryl and seeing if that helps him at all - perhaps it is seasonal.

Dozer and Coop said...

Dozer is forever licking his right paw. I occasionally give him one Benedryl but even that doesn't stop him. He just likes it and if he is on my lap, I get up with a HUGE wet spot. Our cardigan corgi does the same thing - I think it is just a quirk of the breed.

Cherie said...

When I first got my dog at age 3, she did the same thing. She would clean/chew on her front paws a lot. The vet said it was from allergies and gave us expensive meds. We didn't continue the meds and it didn't seem to be a problem again after that. This was like during the 1st month that we had her. That was 4 years ago. She has done it again just recently and she stops when I say to her "Let's don't do that, no." and I will get her busy with something else. It seems she does it now when she's nervous, so I try to calm her. It happens when I'm usually stressed & running around, and my attention goes to everybody else but her. So I try to act calm (even when I'm not) and make sure she gets attention. Maybe your doggie wants you to wake up and is a bit stressed about it at the moment. Every dog is different, so it is good to check it out with the vet.

Mary said...

My Woody was a paw licker, especially in the morning, especially certain times of the year. Our vet thought it was an allergy of some kind and suggested fish oil capsules. They take about a month to work but really helped. We stopped at one point and the licking came back...had to endure another month until they kicked in again. I just put it with his kibble and it was the first thing he went for...liked to crunch the capsule with his teeth. Added benefit...great for the coat. Our new boy, Joey, is not a paw licker...however, he likes to like my ears to wake me up in the morning... :D

Kelly said...

I'm going to monitor his foot over the weekend and see if it gets better.. If not, I'm going to call the vet on Monday :(

My first thought was maybe it's because his new food has chicken in it, but I give him leftover chicken as treats all the time, and he used to eat the chicken Super5Mix... Hmm, I dunno..

Laurie said...

Hmmm I didn't know this could signal an allergy. Sadie does it sometimes, too. I always thought it was a nervous thing. Like a nervous habit or something. I haven't noticed her paws being red though. I would definitely keep an eye on it and call the vet if it doesn't improve. I hope it's not a food allergy! Or anything too serious. Owning a dog is stressful!

Kathy said...

Our Betty Ann has allergies. We've been dealing with them for most of her 9 years. We had allergy antigen testing performed on her blood after a year or more of treating her symptoms. We found that her food allergies extended to ingredients typically found in "hypo allergy" food, like lamb, sweet potatoes, etc. While some vets feel the results from blood testing for allergies are imperfect indicators of allergies, we feel like imperfect results were better than no indicators. Changing her diet to eliminate allergens has made a huge difference. Good luck!

Lesley Collins said...

Herman licks his right paw until it turns red. I took him to the CSU vet hospital and he has allergies, they also found the pad on his paw was deformed a bit. I can give him bendadryl when things act up. It's nice to know other Corgis lick the carpet too. His new antlerz bone seems to keep him more occupied. My cat has such bad allergies he gets shots. Herman is not that bad though.

That corgi :) said...

clueless here, Kelly; I like your idea to monitor it over the weekend and see how Gibson is doing come Monday

betty

Anonymous said...

Paw licking is not necessarily always attributed to allergies. It could be that Gibson got a small scratch or some other injury on the paw and now he is "worrying" it.

Annie and Maggie said...

It could just be a grooming thing, or an injury thing, or an allergy thing, or a boredom thing. You might try putting a chew toy (or rawhide or whatever chewy thing you give him) in his crate at night; this might refocus his licking. In my experience, chewing or licking on paws isn't so bad unless it becomes a true hot spot. In that case, it's time for the cone of shame until it heals. I think you're right on track with the watching and seeing over the weekend.

Stella The Fluff said...

You mentioned Gibson's "new food". Could be there's something in there, not necessarily chicken or even corn, that he's sensitive to. Emma rarely licked her paws, but Trav licked his paws way too much. Found out eventually that it was an allergy, but to the area we were living in. When we moved from Orange County out to the drier climate of San Bernardino County, the paw licking stopped. Stella rarely licks her paws. Might not hurt to just check in with the Vet. Otherwise, you might consider changing gradually back to Gibson's old food. Or, if there was something about it you didn't like, try something else that might work better for allergy sensitive dogs. I've got Stella on an oatmeal & chicken formula dog food. Good luck!

CorgiTales said...

I've never thought of it as a sign for allergies. I always thought they were just cleaning their paws, like a cat. They don't over lick 'em so that it's red or irritated, and I do check their paws to make sure it's not injured.

Hmm - got me wondering. Will have to look into the possibility of allergies. :\

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