Every now and then Gretzky will lick his paw until a sore forms. I've tried wrapping it in a bandage , which ends up being like a "cast" on his little leg. I noticed him licking his paw last night and am wondering if anyone has a suggestion. First of all, why do they do it.... AND what can I do about it??

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Comment by Roger/Laurie on August 8, 2009 at 11:01am
Both of our boys lick their paws. Most of the time it is after they have been chewing on a bone. I always thought it was just a relaxing thing for them to do.......or they have been watching the cat to much!
Comment by Jane Christensen on August 8, 2009 at 10:04am
Hi Deb,

I have alot of experience with this one...and I tried vet wrap but it always manages to fall or be pulled off. I have an Aussie that even the vets office remembers him for this! Armani will take the tiniest scratch and lick it till it becomes huge, when he was neutered his whole belly was total red from licking and I used a collar BUT Armani had an accident a couple weeks ago and had a tiny scratch on his leg...by the next day he was licking this and because of his "history" they gave me something called Lick Guard they did tell me to put it aound not directly on the area as it may burn. It smells some but has from what I read on the box several herbs/spices that don't taste real good! It worked wonderful! The tube does sayvet use only and it's by Van Beek Natural Science...good luck!
Comment by Bev Levy on August 8, 2009 at 9:53am
Typically this starts as an allergy but can become a habit. You should contact your vet re assistance in determining if it is an allergy. It is possible that his paws become irritated from something he is walking in out of doors. You could try wiping his paws when you come in to help with that but it usually is a sign of an allergy.
Comment by Avyon on August 8, 2009 at 9:47am
What I've heard is they do it either from nervs or because they are bored.

Sorry I'm no big help on this one hehe.

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