Dogs can be allergic to many things, and it is mostly their feet that feel the effects. They bite and lick their feet to get relief.
Normal foot grooming should not take more than a few minutes. If your dog is biting or licking too often, there is something wrong. Here are a few things you can do to help:
- Foot soak in colloidal oatmeal (sold in most pharmacies): Put a few inches of cool water in a tub, mix in a handful of the oatmeal and let your dog stand in the solution for a few minutes. Even if you don’t add the oatmeal, cool water shrinks blood vessels in the feet, which will help reduce the itching.
- Use antihistamines: Allergies can be hard to identify and sometime veterinarians don’t bother to test. Instead, they advise treating the symptoms with antihistamines. Benadryl can work wonders.
- Get rid of fleas: Although flea bites aren’t very itchy, their saliva can cause an allergic reaction. Guarding against fleas should be a priority.
- Fast fix: Coat your dog’s foot pads with petroleum jelly which will help to trap moisture and keep the paws from cracking and itching. A word to the wise: dogs don’t like to have their feet touched. You will need patience to win over your dog’s natural instinct of protecting his paws.