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Old 10-25-2010, 08:28 PM
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Hiya been a while since I've been here. Our chi is now nearly 2, he seems to be over grooming himself on all 4 paws and its getting really bad, he has open sores now and loosing fur on them. I took him to the vet back in august and they thought he may have an allergy to something on the grass with the problem just being his paws, so we got steroid cream but it didnt help and after 2 weeks we ran out and things were no worse so just saw it through, things did settle and the paws looked ok.

Now however his paws are sore again, I know it cant be an allergy as he can lie for ages and not seem to be bothered at all by any possible itching etc, in all honesty I think he is just doing it out of habit, he bites at his paw nails and licks his feet excessively, I do have to leave him home to go to work he is left in his room which is well equipped with chewy toys and sweets so he has plenty to keep him occupied.

I am just wondering if there is anything I can use to try to get him to not lick and chew is feet as I think if he stops doing that the fur will grow and they wont look sore. The soreness doesnt stop him walking, he loves going for walks still, just if he goes to itch himself now and then with his back leg he gives a yelp, I think this is just because of the sore paws.

I have thought about using that stuff we use to stop biting out nails perhaps a small dab on his paws but not sure.
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:31 PM
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I think you will need to isolate whether this is feet chewing from allergies or from boredom. My mother in laws sheltie used to obsessively lick his legs and he would get "lick granulomas" from doing that. He licked all the hair off and caused sores. It is hard to get control of. Her vet put wraps on the legs and then sprayed the bitter apple on the wraps. I don't think that would be possible on paws though.

What food are you feeding? Foot chewing and licking is a major sign/symptom of food allergies.
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he is on eukanuba??? then there was another food similar to that but made by the same people I thik maybe iams? I def think that the problem is due to habit and boredom, he doesnt seem to attack them like one would who was being iritated, he just licks then cant seem to stop.
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Zoey used to lick/chew her feet for hours on end. It was a constant battle, her feet/legs were stained brown, even though we were feeding her a limited ingredient diet, she was still licking/chewing etc. It was almost like a compulsive obsession to deal with her itchies. So in July I switched her to a raw diet and the difference has been amazing. She no longer is eating any grains or anything that she is reacting too. She is growing back white hairs on her legs now, and doesn't seem to be licking at all. Some dogs will lick with boredom, stress or separation anxiety. as well.
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to be honest, he was initially on pedigree chum!!!!! I don't think he had any problems on that, I am sure it started when I introduced iams and eukanuba
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I'd suggest you upgrade his food. Even if it doesn't solve the foot licking problem, it will vastly improve his overall health. Orijen, Acana, Taste of the Wild, Evo, etc. are all good. You can go to Dog Food Analysis - Reviews of kibble and compare brands. Pedigree, Eukanuba and Iams are very poor quality foods with lots of grains, corn, and fillers. All these ingredients can cause or complicate allergies.

If you want a superior diet, you could try ZiwiPeak or even a raw diet if you are interested.

That would be my first suggestion.

As for the boredom, etc..... how much is he exercised? I'd make sure he got a long walk before you go to work and another one when you get home. Lots of vigorous playtime so that he is busy in the evenings. You can do puzzle toys like buster cubes or stuffed kongs also.
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He is always kept very active, we have a huge garden, that he is welcome to run about in but choses not to cos unless he is on a lead he hates going out in the cold! Plenty walks, will defo give the cubes and that a go though cos he loves his little treats.
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Sounds like allergies to me! My chi has many severe allergies & I strongly believe Science, Iams had a lot to do with it. I agree with other posts that if you put him on a high quality dog food, you'll be amazed how much better he'll do.
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