We are always amazed by the quirky ways furry friends can charm us. Our furry friends can have a variety of behaviors, from spontaneous barking to intense tail chases. The reasons for their tendencies aren’t always obvious. Many dogs paw-licking is a normal curious behavior. There are many explanations. We’ve listed many reasons why dogs lick their feet and how this could impact their overall health.
Some dogs display unusual behaviors, even though they are adorable, that may raise questions about your dog’s health and temperament. A seemingly innocuous behavior like licking their own feet could be indicative of a more serious psychological condition or skin problem. You might ask your pet why they lick their paws.
#1: Self-grooming Habits
Dogs are not the first pets you might think of that are dedicated to self-grooming. Dogs regularly clean their feet, tail, and paws. This is a healthy, normal behavior and a sign that your furry friend wants to be clean. For those who are prone to paw licking, it is worth a closer look.
#2: Skin Irritation
Itchy or dry skin is the main reason your dog may be licking his paws too much. Many allergies can cause skin irritation. Dog allergies can be triggered by dust, grasses, weeds and certain weeds. Your dog may even lick his paws vigorously to soothe the itching sensation. You can also notice signs such as sneezing and swollen eyes.
It is possible to reduce the symptoms of an allergic reaction by cleaning your dog regularly. Please consult your veterinarian to confirm that your pet does not have an allergy.
#3: Food Allergies
Dogs can feel the same uncomfortable sensations on their paws that humans may experience with food allergies. Dog treats and foods containing ingredients like dairy, wheat, chicken, soy or beef can trigger allergic reactions. Your dog may also be tempted to lick their paws in an attempt to scratch the itching. It could be allergies if your dog displays this behavior only after meals or after eating certain foods.
Your veterinarian will advise you on the best diet for your dog. Do not give your dog treats or food that contains ingredients that could cause allergies.
Could excessive paw-licking be caused by parasites?
A common cause of excessive licking is also parasitic infections. Itchy paws can be caused by fleas or mange. Fleas and mange can be a problem if a small flea jumps on your pet’s skin, eggs are found between their toes or there is a rash. These parasites can be eliminated with a variety of prescription and over-the counter treatments. They should be eliminated, and the itching should disappear as well.