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Is the skin on her paws red and irritated, or is there any hair loss?
Does she tend to be an anxious dog?
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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