Why Does My Pet Have Itchy Paws?


Itchy paws?  This is a common (and frustrating) problem among our furry friends.  

Here are a few of the most common reasons why your pet may be incessantly licking their paws.

Skin Parasites.  
If your pet is allergic to fleas and mites, even a single bite can cause a reaction.  It’s important to have your pet checked for parasites.  They should be prescribed a preventative parasite medication, too, especially with spring right around the corner.

Food Allergies.
Have you recently added a new treat to your pet’s diet?  Your pet may have a food allergy.  By replacing certain foods in your pet’s diet for 8-12 weeks, you can determine if a food allergy is present.   We also do allergy testing in our office to better narrow down your results.

Atopic dermatitis is a skin diseases that is caused by environmental allergens, like dust and pollen.  If you notice that your pet is licking their paws during certain seasons, it could be due to an environmental allergy.  We can test your pet through skin test or blood sample to see what allergens he or she is allergic to.

Surface Allergies.
Your floor surfaces, lawn, patio, etc., are all topical surfaces your pet comes into contact with.  Your pet may be allergic to certain chemicals, lawn fertilizers, detergents, etc.!

If you notice that your pet is licking their paws frequently, it’s best to bring your dog or cat into one of our offices to have them examined.  During a veterinary visit, we can help you determine the reason behind your pet’s paw licking and help them find some relief.

f you have any questions about your pet or your pet’s health, don’t hesitate to contact one of our offices!  We are here to answer all of the questions you have!

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