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Causes and treatments for excessive paw biting and licking

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Why is your pet so preoccupied with his paws?

Dogs and cats love to play, and often, licking or biting is a sign of love! But if your furry friend is excessively licking or biting his paws, it is likely a symptom of a larger issue. Watch out for these signs to keep your pet feeling happy and healthy.Dog licking his paw on cement floor

Excessive paw licking or chewing in dogs 

There are many reasons why your dog might be constantly licking or biting its paws, but the most common cause is allergies. Your pet could also be reacting to pain from a wound, fleas, arthritis, or an infection. Paw-biting can sometimes be attributed to behavioral issues as well, like general or separation anxiety or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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Causes of allergies in dogs

Dogs of all breeds deal with allergies. They are generally developed between the ages of 6 months and 3 years, and they could be year-round or seasonal. Airborne allergies are most common among dogs and typically present seasonally.Dog scratching head in the grass

Dogs might also be reacting to allergens in their food. If your dog seems to be struggling with an allergy over an extended period, and you don’t see fleas, it’s quite likely that they are allergic to a food source rather than an outdoor allergen.  In addition to paw-biting and licking, your dog’s allergies might cause red skin, patchy eyes, and excessive scratching from rashes, hives, or legions.

It can be tricky to determine the cause of your pet’s symptoms

Try seeking out your vet’s advice to determine what’s wrong. Before your appointment, look at your dog’s paws to see if there are any visible wounds or rashes and consider whether your dog has had any changes in diet or environment. You might also want to first try a quality Omega supplement.

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Paw biting, licking, or itching in cats

Allergies are also a common problem in cats. But just like in dogs, when you see your cat constantly licking or biting at their paws, there could be several other underlying causes such as: injuries, bacterial infections, bug bites or stings.Cat licking paws on the floor

Check your cat for the redness and soreness that might be brought on by these potentially painful problems, then consult your veterinarian to find the source of your cat’s discomfort.

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Like in dogs, your cat’s allergies could be environmental, food-related, or due to an allergic reaction from an antibiotic or material in the environment. Some other symptoms that might indicate that your cat has allergies are sneezing or coughing, itching, runny eyes, and vomiting and diarrhea. All breeds of cats can be at risk of developing allergies.

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Be proactive. Vets recommend giving your pet a daily Omega supplement. A good Omega support chew, will boost overall immune health and go a long way toward long-term relief of your pet’s paw biting and licking.  Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential component of healthy skin and help to normalize the skin’s inflammatory response to allergens.  Some dog and cat-specific lotions or topical therapies can provide temporary relief, but they aren’t a long-term solution.

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