Is Your Pet a Foot Licker?

Is Your Pet a Foot Licker?

Do you have one of those pets that licks and chews their own feet? Does it seem like it has become a habit for them? More often than not, this is not the case. For most pets, there is a reason for chewing feet. These include:.

  • Cuts on the feet or pads, or torn nails will cause pets to lick
  • Allergies can cause the feet to become itchy. In fact, with Atopy (an allergy with similar allergens as human hay fever), itchy feet is one of the first signs a pet may exhibit
  • Skin infections of the feet are common, often occurring after feet
    become wet. When your pet licks the feet, this can make the
    infection worse
  • Lumps growing on the feet and between the pads cause pets to lick
  • Arthritis in the toes or even in other joints will cause pets to lick their feet

To differentiate between these diagnoses, we examine the feet, clip the hair if needed, and  take samples for microscopic examination.

A diagnosis is usually reached at this point and we can offer appropriate treatments. Occasionally some cases will need further investigation. So if your dog or cat is licking their feet, don’t brush it aside as a habit. There will be a cause and most pets can be helped or cured with treatment.