Dog Allergies Can Cause Paw Chewing

Atopic dermatitis, or inhalant allergy in dogs, is similar to hay fever in humans except that the result is usually foot-chewing rather than respiratory signs.

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Antihistamines may provide complete or at least adequate relief for many dogs, especially when used in combination with omega-3 fatty acid supplements. Each dog is different, so you may have to try several types and dosages to find the best one.

Food allergy also has to be considered because it can cause the same signs as atopy. Allergy can develop to any food, though protein sources are most often the problem. Hypothyroidism can also contribute to many allergic conditions.

Veterinary dermatologists are available to address non-responsive or complicated cases.

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Scott   Indian Lake, New York

10/10/2014 12:38:26 PM

We found our dog was not only allergic to weeds, mold, mites, and a few other things but also CHICKEN! And there are different forms of chicken products in so many things. We went to an all natural food and treat diet and that fixed that. We are still working on the other stuff. But I know mites can be a big problem that can be easily addressed. You can find carpet cleaners for mites. But also clean blankets, pillows, etc. We found his allergy because we started eliminating things from his diet, and things around the house. Start removing things one at a time and see if it helps. If your pet is allergic to something it will show pretty quickly. If you have an outdoor dog think about weeds,grass, outdoor mold. Our dog was allergic to those things to. Try dog booties also. They will get used to them if you use them regularly. And they work! Get a allergy test if possible. All they do is take a blood sample and send it to an allergist. It cost us $150. It went to a place in Colorado. I live in NYS. I know it's not cheap but once you pin point the cause life is so much better for your pet and you. Hope this gave some ideas even though these stories are old.

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albina   lees aummit, Missouri

5/17/2013 5:59:36 PM

I am despart!!!! my 11 yr. old malteze is chewing on her paws to the point that they are so swollen. She has taken every allergy med. to no avail. Please somebody HELP

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Andra   Gold Coast Australia, GA

4/29/2012 12:46:30 AM

I have been reading about all the paw problems associated with allergies. I have a similar problem with my two dogs, though not as
severe.

I was just wondering if anyone has tried a product call "stop chew". It won't treat the cause but it will stop the dog from chewing. I used it to spray on furniture when my dog was a pup. It can be sprayed onto a cloth and wiped onto the dogs paw or leg. Don't spray it near the dog
though.

Also, I have found using the plastic cone attached to my dogs collar, most of the time, very
effective.

Hope this helps and good luck with it all.

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Diana Rayburn   Greenville, NC

10/26/2011 6:28:00 AM

I ordered Derma Paw and it really isn't doing much for my dog and his chewing his paws. However, there are times his feet look really dry and I put it on and it helps make them feel softer. But, it is not dong much for his chewing problem.

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