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    DefaultPaw Biting

    Allie recently started biting at her front paws, and it seems she’s making them raw because after she is done, they are bright red. They don’t bleed, but they are red. I notice it the most after we stop playing outside. But it does persist during times she’s not outside for long periods of time. We play daily outside, so I'm having a hard time believing she’s developed an allergy over night, but she persists so maybe its worse due to the winner and no green grass. Can a vet do anything about this? Is there anything I can do to resolve the issue?

    We haven't fertilized this winter, we do have a few weeds in the yard. Her diet hasn't changed. She doesn't have access to anything new which could cause it.

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    DefaultRe: Paw Biting

    Could be a fungus or yeast skin infection. I would have your Vet take a look before she aggravates it into a more serious infection.

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    They say Paw chewing is a sign of a food allergy but if it's worse right after being outside I would have to look at something out there. Giving her some benedryl may help a little bit with the itching when she's really going at it. Allergies can change and they can be caused by something they have been exposed to all along so don't rule it out because it's always been there. Just like they can become allergic to a food they have been eating for a while.

    Sorry no real answers but I hope she finds some relief.

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    +1 on the Benedryl. We use it with Kody when he is biting his paws. The vet told me paw biting is either a contact allergy where they have come in actual contact with something or a food allergy. With Kody it is primarily after being outside, most often in the fall and winter and especially if the weather has been wet and mild.

    I usually give him one Benedryl tablet and wash his paws with a medicated shampoo and conditioner. This has always done the trick.

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    My Allie does this too and I think it may have been related to outdoor allergies and now it is just a habit. She does every morning after coming in from being outside.

    I am going to try a food switch in the next food weeks, I am hoping that will help but I am not getting my hopes up.

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    I'd try giving her Benadryl for relief, but also take her to the vet. Sundance's dust mite allergies came on pretty suddenly, and it wasn't long before he was biting his paws until they were bright red constantly, as you described. Your vet can help you with an elimination diet to see if it's a food allergy, and refer you to a specialist if it's environmental.

    Good luck! I hope Allie gets some relief soon.

    Laura, mom of Sundance, CGC
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeep274
    +1 on the Benedryl. We use it with Kody when he is biting his paws. The vet told me paw biting is either a contact allergy where they have come in actual contact with something or a food allergy. With Kody it is primarily after being outside, most often in the fall and winter and especially if the weather has been wet and mild.

    I usually give him one Benedryl tablet and wash his paws with a medicated shampoo and conditioner. This has always done the trick.
    Very Interesting...It rained in Dallas for almost 2 weeks straight, ending last Sunday, and they are predicting rain again tonight! I will try the Benedryl, it should provide some relief while we get into a vet to determine its not more serious. Worst part is, we determined today that our Vet went out of business.... : : :

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    Hi Brian,
    We had the same problem with Gracie. The more they chew at it, the worse they get. We would try and distract her when she started (seems she would bother her right before bed)- by giving her a kong, or a marrow. After dealing with this over and over I tried something I read online for a holistic solution. It suggested witch hazel would help. They describe it like if a human had a itch in between there toes- there is no way around it, you HAVE to itch it. Witch hazel will relieve the itching sensation. It helped us, but we never got to the root of the problem. All we did was soak a cotton ball in the witch hazel, and dab the pads, and in between the nails. It took a couple times a day for a few days but helped. Good luck, and keep us posted.

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    Thanks all for your posts, I will try some of these things tonight!

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    DefaultRe: Paw Biting - UPDATE

    Vet said that she is experiencing an allergy and she does not have mites.

    We are doing daily tablets, shampooing the paws and providing a spray application to reduce fungus spores on her paws. She said the amount of fungal spores is elevated, but nothing to be concerned about.

    She doesn't believe this will affect our ability to pass the TDI test, since they hold a health exam while on location.

    Again, I appreciate the posts, and I'm glad we visited the vet, her biting has slowed but we just started treatment Sunday.

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