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She licks her paws all the time. When I leave her in the

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She licks her paws all the time. When I leave her in the kennel for an hour her paws are soaked clear to the elbow.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: She's a rescue they estimate about 5. Name is Lexi. Multipoo
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?
Customer: She's a sweetheart. Minds well. Appetite good.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 5 months ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. If you get a request for a phone call, it is from the website and not myself. In order to give an informative and concise answer, it may take a few minutes before I respond back to you, so don't be alarmed if you don't hear back immediately if you have responded back to me within 10 minutes of my response. I do have a couple more questions, though, to see if I can better assess your situation.

Is the skin on her paws red and irritated, or is there any hair loss?

Does she tend to be an anxious dog?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
No to the first question. I didn't think she was anxious, but today I proved it's the crate. I wonder if she might have "lived" in a crate before. I have had her since May 24. First time I left her alone she peed and pooped at the door. So I bought a kennel. Ha!! If I don't make sure she's gone recently and then put her in the kennel for and hour or more, she will go in the kennel. Today I coaxed her to potty before I left for 2-1\2 hrs. She did great. But she still will lick and lick and make a big wet spot on the sofa cover where she lays. Should I be concerned?
Expert:  Dr. John replied 5 months ago.

Thanks for the information. It really does sound like an anxiety or boredom issue to me. Dogs will lick the paws due to allergies as well, but I would expect to see redness, swelling or hair loss. If that is all she does, it shouldn't be a big medical concern, unless she causes sores on her paws from licking. That is assuming you don't mind a big wet spot on your couch daily. I would talk to your vet about trying her on a anti-anxiety medication to see how that helps. It may not be something that she takes for the rest of her life, but she may be on it for a few months to help break the cycle. They can really help with these type of anxiety/OCD behaviors, though. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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