Coton licking his paws

by Linda
(Omaha,Nebr.)

My Coton is always licking his paws.. is there something I should be concerned about?

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Nov 06, 2014
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licking paws
by: Anonymous

My little man also licks paws and hair turns red from even biting nails( blood)?..some nails turned red partially..no one could tell me why..strange I thought.. I have been washing with Zymox shampoo ..woman with similar problem on her dog ( not Coton ) told me saved her digs chronic itching and biting.. I don't want to go drug route if possible. Tried it, see improvements on biting and itching for feet and body !!! Dry feet thoroughly anytime wet and put booties on for walks to limit contact to anything that may cause allery. So far so good !

Jul 19, 2014
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licking of the paws
by: Vicky & Jonah

Jonah also has always licked his paws. Sometimes more then others. Alot of the time I do find dead jagging grass or they have picked up something sticky from his walks. Try combing between their toes & comb out their feet.

Of course times it will be the obsessive of just licking. I then use benedryhl or Walmarts brand. You can find on the web #'s per amount.

I do though always start with a quarter to half of suggested amount since I never have needed the full amount & also I will try taking his mind off it by play & off course command no lick.

I also wash his belly & paws with soap & water, I like using dawn when needed to clean them up between baths & then continue with bringing. Just as a child please get all soap off. Good luck.

Jul 17, 2014
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itching
by: joyce/pierre

Make sure there is no corn in the dog food. (grain)
Try oatmeal shampoo and conditioner.
They sell doggy slippers if you need it for certain areas

Jul 17, 2014
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by: Lisa

We are also from PA and out Coton, Stormy, not only links his paws but everything else and I mean everything else.
Stormy will kick floors, carpets, furnitur, blankets etc. He will not stop.
Vet had us try Benadryl but it wasn't quite the same pup on the medicine. He seemed so out of it.
Our Vet did some research and said Coton's were very prone to this locking frenzy and to keep an eye on him.
Good luck with your baby and hopefully we will both get some help from others on what we can do.

Jul 17, 2014
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Coton licking his paws
by: Anne/Glenmoore

Hi. We have just finished a round of steriods for our Coton. Her itching and paw licking was causing serious skin issues. And the coritzone has helped.

We live in Pennsylvania and this happens every summer to our Molly. She is allowed to run around our big yard and stays outside with us when we are gardening. Doctor has said it is allergies. I also wipe feet with baby wipes (the kind with no scent. But after the winter we had, doctor has said allergies seem to be on the rise even with other breeds. Also was told that paw licking is a sign of allergies.

She recommended benadryl or other antihistamines. Don't know how much your dog weighs but 10 to 15 mg seems to be sufficient for these small dogs.

Jul 17, 2014
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Paw licking
by: Anonymous

Hi Linda,

Firstly, I noticed that you are from Omaha, Nebraska.
I also live in Omaha and have not run into any other Coton owners here so it's great to know there are others.

I had this same problem with Bailey last Spring and Summer. If they lick at their paws enough it will soon cause a sore spot which takes some time to heal and possible antibiotics. So it is great that you are asking the question now. Given that we are from the same area it is likely your Coton is having the same issue Bailey did.

My Vet informed me that the Coton can be prone to skin issues and allergies. I had already been feeding her a high quality dog food, low in grains, etc.. He felt the issue was more environmentally related. Instructed me to wipe her feet with baby wipes after being outdoors. Also, prescribed one Zyrtec tab. daily. Others on the Coton groups have indicated that their Vet had prescribed Benadryl. It would be best for you to consult yours for which medication would be best for your baby.

Since then we have had no further issues with the licking. We no longer need to wipe her feed prior to coming indoors.

Hope this is helpful to you.

Good Luck!

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