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24 November 2008 @ 07:05 pm
Feet Licking  
I remember someone asking if our dogs lick their feet, and if I remember correctly quite a few responded, including myself. Forgive me if this has already been answered, but I just found a possible solution from my vet this afternoon.

Often frequent feet licking (and even chewing) is because they have itchy feet from the grass pollen when they go outside. He recommended to wipe down with a wet cloth, then dry cloth every time they come in from the outside. Well Smudge goes in and out about 2000 times a day, so he said give a 25mg Benadryl (knock-off brand is OK too) twice a day, and that should take care of it.

For 9 years she's been licking her feet and I just thought she had OCD or was crazy. Now I feel awful! Poor Smudge has been itchy for 9 years!
fuzzichi on November 25th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
When my English Bulldog's feet get itchy, he licks them so much he ends up with an infection. It has happened last fall and this fall. *sigh* I think next year we will try allergy meds as soon as my allergies starts.

Drama (Boston Terrier) doesn't have that problem luckily.
Alanalook_its_alana on November 25th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
Smudge never licked them to the point of sores or infection, but just enough to drive us crazy, so I just thought she was a bit nuts. Apparently it's pretty common though. I just started her on Benadry tonight.
Miggs13miggs13 on November 25th, 2008 06:57 am (UTC)
When I first started reading this I was thinking of how our Bostons over the years licked OUR feet!! Ha ha, how they have a sort of foot festish - toes, socks, shoes, etc! ;)

Our dog Zsa Zsa licked her paws a lot...always thought it was OCD as well.
Vvolvita on November 25th, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
Haha, I was thinking that too! Otis licks both our feet and his own.