Help! My dog is licking his paws raw and I don’t know what to do!
Is your dog licking paws to the point his or her paw pads appear red, irritated or raw? This is an incredibly common issue amongst dog owners. Sure, dogs are weirdos sometimes, but you can actually relate to your dog in this instance. Think back to the last time you had a mild to moderate rash, bug bite or scab. Did you get the urge to pick or scratch at it? It’s the same thing for your dog, only your dog doesn’t understand that licking and chewing only makes the problem worse so they just don’t quit.
Common Causes of Itchy or Irritated Dog Paws
If you notice your dog licking paws all the time, it’s likely because there’s an underlying irritation, condition or other issue that needs to be addressed. Some of the most common culprits include:
- Dry dog paws
If your dog’s paws are overly dry and rough to the touch they can become tender, irritated, and even crack or bleed, especially if your dog is licking paws all the time.
- Contact dermatitis/Allergies
Food or environmental triggers can cause an allergic reaction that impacts your dog’s paws and/or skin, causing contact dermatitis. The cause could relate to mold, pollen, pesticides, certain soaps, or any number of things.
- Abrasions, foreign bodies
Thoroughly check your dog’s paws for any signs of foreign bodies that might be stuck inside. A stray piece of glass, rock, etc. could easily become lodged in your pet’s paw, causing pain, discomfort and an uncontrollable urge to lick and chew paws.
- Extreme weather
Hot pavement or icy streets can cause dry and irritated dog paws.
A condition that results in thickening of the skin on dog paws. This same condition can also impact dog noses.
How to Treat Itchy or Irritated Dog Paws
Dog licking paws all the time? Whatever you do, don’t ignore the problem. Allowing your dog to chew away at itchy and irritated paws will lead to worsening of the problem and increase the likelihood of infection.
Luckily, there’s an all-natural solution to the problem… Meet Paw Soother! This gentle but effective balm glides right on sensitive, sore or damaged dog paws and instantly provides soothing, healing and protective properties. Each organic ingredient lovingly packed inside this pawesome product plays an important role in reducing inflammation and providing the nourishing moisture paws need to start healing.
Paw Soother is a unique herbal-based paw balm that contains just the right blend of moisture-rich properties. It is used to soothe and treat paw pads that are dry, chapped, rough, raw, peeling, or cracked; as well as, hyperkeratosis of the paw, paw allergy symptoms, shiny show dog paws + more.
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What if Dog Licking Paws Still Doesn’t Stop?
We are asked all the time—how do I stop my dog from licking Paw Soother after it’s applied? First and foremost, it’s 100% safe for your dog to consume Paw Soother. Of course, you’d rather the balm stay on your dog’s paws where you put it. So, try playing a game, brushing your dog, or doing something to distract him from licking for 10-15 minutes after you apply Paw Soother. This gives it time to soak into the skin and start working. As paws begin to heal and feel better, you should notice a decrease in dog licking paws.
Additionally, try and find the original cause of paw irritation to reduce further contact and outbreaks. Continue applying Paw Soother a couple times per day, or as needed, to provide a barrier of protection between your dog’s paws and potential contaminants.
Looking for even more paw protection after your dog’s paws are healed and back to normal? PawTection is similar but is specially formulated with a waxier base to provide additional protective qualities after Paw Soother works its magic.