Dog Paw Licking

The fastest way to help is to get your dog a $16 vaporizer

Scott Emerson

The single most effective thing you can do to help your paw licking dog is to use a cheap, warm steam vaporizer in the room where she sleeps. They cost $16 at any drug store.   In the summer, tree and grass pollen can make dogs skin itch. But a huge factor is dry skin caused by dry air. When air conditioners cool the air in your house they also remove moisture. The condensation that's dripping out of that little tube is coming from the air in your house. Dry air can make your dog's skin dry enough to itch. And...


Causes of itchy dog skin

Scott Emerson

It’s impossible to always find the source of itchy dog skin. In the winter it’s often dry skin aggravated by a heater. In humid environments it seems to be mold that causes the biggest problems. In dry areas, dust mites can be a contributor. A low percentage of dogs are allergic to certain food ingredients. But by far the largest factor is inhaled allergens. In the spring this is usually tree pollen. In the summer, grass pollen. In the fall, weeds and flowers. Genetic factors are a huge contributor too. Dog breeds that come from a very small gene pool...


Why dogs lick their paws

Scott Emerson

There is no single answer to why dogs lick their paws, but 90% of the time, it's because they itch. It's a complex problem with no easy solution. But the more you know about it, the better you will be able to help your dog.  The skin in a dog's paw is super-sensitive to inflammation. That's why dog skin allergies almost always start in their paws. Other sensitive areas include their lips and muzzle, their legs, beneath their eyes, their tummies, armpits, genitals and rectum. Often the itching starts in their paws and then spreads to one or more of...


Things that help

Scott Emerson

Baking Soda Swish – A quick fix is to keep a plastic container with some water with a few tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in it. Swish your dog’s paws and legs in the water and pat dry. It can help wash away pollens and calm down irritated, inflamed skin.Benadryl – Works in some smaller dogs under about 15 pounds. Rarely works in larger dogs.Injected corticorsteroids – Almost always works for six weeks to two months. The problem is that it has dimishing results and the side effects get more serious with repeated use. Long-term use should be avoided if...


Medicated shampoo

Scott Emerson

The problem with medicated shampoos is that they were originally meant for horses. You can't take a horse to the vet, the vet has to come to you. This is expensive, so they made an industrial strength shampoo with an industrial strength antibacterial. The idea was that it would take care of minor skin infections. When they marketed the shampoo for dogs, they kept the exact same formula and strength. These shampoos are pretty good at sterilizing the area, but they are pretty brutal on the skin of a Chihuahua or Maltese, or Dalmatian, or English bulldog. All but a...