Why does my dog always lick his paws?

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Underlying itchiness is what results in that constant foot licking; the moisture caused by excessive foot licking between the paws can cause a secondary bacterial or yeast infection.

Excessive licking of the paws warrants a trip to your veterinarian, as certain tests need to be performed to rule out skin problems.

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Dogs also lick because they like the taste of an owner's salty skin and out of habit.

Mostly, with domestic Dogs, it's a sign of affection.

Licking releases pleasurable endorphins which gives Dogs a feeling of comfort and pleasure β€” like the feeling people get when they are biting their nails β€” it relieves stress.

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Some dogs lick because they have dental or other mouth pain.

Excessive licking can also be a sign of hunger β€” it's called an appetitive behavior.

On the behavior side of things, excessive licking might signal anxiety or some type of conflict.

Obviously, a veterinary exam can be a good idea.

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A condition known as "pica" can drive people and animals to crave the oddest things.

Sometimes pica presents as an urge to lick metal or stone objects, and can be traced to some sort of mineral deficiency.

In other cases, the pica is related to obsessive/compulsive behavior.

It's important to stop the behavior.

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Possible Causes for Chronic Licking and Chewing.

Allergic skin disease is the most common reason why canines lick and chew their feet on a chronic basis.

Food allergies, in particular, are typically the culprit, and secondary infections from yeast and bacteria can further exacerbate the behavior.

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Possible Causes for Chronic Licking and Chewing.

Allergic skin disease is the most common reason why canines lick and chew their feet on a chronic basis.

Food allergies, in particular, are typically the culprit, and secondary infections from yeast and bacteria can further exacerbate the behavior.

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Dogs licking or chewing paws, can be a sign of a yeast infection.

Your dog may also have ear issues, stinky skin or weight issues.

Because a diet that is loaded with grains/carbs/fillers actually changes your pet's pH, paw licking (saliva) can cause the fur to actually turn pink.

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Dogs also lick because they like the taste of an owner's salty skin and out of habit.

Mostly, with domestic dogs, it's a sign of affection.

Licking releases pleasurable endorphins which gives dogs a feeling of comfort and pleasure β€” like the feeling people get when they are biting their nails β€” it relieves stress.

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