Dogs with itchy paws
Dogs with itchy paws are relatively common. Even though dogs do groom themselves, a dog licking, biting, and chewing their paws excessively is probably experiencing something that is making them itchy, uncomfortable, and anxious. Consequently, itchy paws can lead to dry, cracked, or yeast-infected paws and is one of the reasons people take their dogs to the vet. However, oftentimes you can treat itchy paws easily at home.
What causes itchy paws in dogs?
There is a variety of reasons your pup may be messing with their paws. To begin with, if your dog is chewing and biting at one foot, they could have a thorn or splinter stuck in their footpad. However, if they are licking at all four paws, it can be an allergic reaction to something in the environment. Finally, itchy paws can occur as a result of food allergies.
Itchy paws from the environment may be due to an allergic reaction to ragweed, grasses, dust mites, pollens, molds, dander, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and more. While this is definitely uncomfortable for your dog, most often it is seasonal. However, itchy paws can affect your pet year-round. Environmental allergies can be anywhere from mild to intense.
Food allergies can make your dog itch everywhere, but the paws are often the most afflicted. To check food allergies off the list of possibilities, change your pup’s diet and make note of any changes.
Caring for itchy paws in dogs
Because itchy paws have a tendency to worsen quickly, it is important to address the problem early. Most allergens can be removed from your pup’s paws by cleaning their feet when they come inside. Some people like to soak their pup’s paws in a solution of water and Betadine (an iodine product available over the counter at your local drug store). Use just enough Betadine to give the water an iced tea appearance. Others use a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water. Each paw will need to soak for 2 to 5 minutes.
An easier solution is to spray their itchy paws once or twice a day with Curicyn Original Formula. It is safe, non-toxic, easy to apply, and helps reduce inflammation while promoting rapid healing. Most importantly, your pup will immediately get relief from the itching and it doesn’t burn or sting when applied. In addition, Curicyn will address any bacteria at its source. Curicyn Original Formula is available at your favorite local pet or farm supply retailer. You can also order it online with free shipping in the continental United States.
In most cases, dogs make a full recovery from itchy paws. Early intervention gives your dog the best chance to heal quickly. With seasonal allergies, it is important to monitor their paws to keep them under control. In the event that your dog continues to lick, bite, or chew their paws they may be allergic to something else such as their food. In addition, it may be necessary for your dog to get additional immune support during allergy season. If this is the case, check with your local veterinarian. And finally, if you have any other concerns do not hesitate to contact your vet.
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