Why is my dog licking his paws?

Why does my dog lick his paws
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Key points

  • A range of possible causes
  • Diagnosis may be visual or based on lab work or response to medications
  • Often a lifelong condition requiring management
  • Prevention is possible for some causes

Common in

Symptoms & types

A dog licking his paws is a common sight, but it sometimes gets missed (or dismissed!) by owners.

Understanding the diagnostics

When you see your dog’s veterinarian, the first thing they will do is a head-to-toe clinical examination before examining each affected foot closely.

Learning About The Causes

The most common cause of paw licking are allergies, also known as atopy, or atopic dermatitis.

Best Treatment Options

If an allergen or irritant is identified, avoiding that irritant is obviously important.

Home Remedies and their Effectiveness

When to see a vet



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