Why does my Dog lick its paws?


If your Super Pupil shows this behavior, you should know what is happening. There may be many reasons why a dog may lick or nibble on its paws. Below we will talk about some causes that should concern you and others that are relatively normal.

Causes that require immediate attention:

Injury Pain : If your dog only licks one leg, it can mean pain in that region. He probably does it because he somehow thinks it will allay the discomfort. The cause could be some wound, insect bites, a thorn, a broken nail and for that we should examine it at home and then take it to the vet.

Boredom or stress : The life of a dog with little physical and / or mental activity is definitely very boring. No matter the breed or size, dogs need exercise and play to keep themselves occupied and happy. Licking your legs many times is a sign of boredom, especially if your dog leaves little, or spend much time alone at home. In nervous or anxious dogs, this behavior is much more frequent.

The action of licking the legs produces an increase in the production of endorphins, so when the dog feels stressed and decides to lick its legs, you will find a certain “relief” that will initially calm it but that with the passage of time will become In a harmful addiction that will damage both psychologically and physically.

External parasites : If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors (park, garden or beach) especially in hot places, it is very likely that fleas or ticks are on your skin, these bugs cause them a lot of itching. If that is the cause, they can get scratched and licked to cause a severe injury to the skin.

Insect stings : If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors (the park, the garden or the beach) especially in hot places, he may suffer from insect bites.

Allergy : Allergic reactions can produce hives on the legs and other parts of the body, the itching can be such that your dog can spend hours licking its paws.

Other causes :

Cleaning : For some dogs, staying clean is important and they enjoy cleaning their paws.

Arthritis : In senior dogs, the licking of the legs may be due to joint pain, which may be a sign of arthritis.

The main thing is to know your Super Puppy, watch it and pay attention to the details: how often lick, how and when. Physically check the area of ??the legs that licks constantly and be alert to possible irritations and injuries. Consider the causes we have already mentioned and take it to the veterinarian to help you determine the why of your Super Puppy’s behavior so that you can help him with that problem.