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WHY ARE MY DOGS PAWS RED. HE DOES NOT HAVE FLEAS OR

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WHY ARE MY DOG'S PAWS RED. HE DOES NOT HAVE FLEAS OR MITES. HE LICKS THEN FREQUENTLY.
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 10 years ago.
This is a common symptom of allergies in dogs.
Paw licking is often a sign of allergies. You may see red staining to the fur in the licked areas.
The skin itches from allergies, the dog licks the feet and the fur turns red due to the bacteria/yeast growing on the damp fur leaving an iron oxide on it staining it red.
You can read about allergies and dermatitis in dogs here
http://www.lbah.com/allergy.htm
Dogs can develop allergies to foods (and check to see if your food got 'improved' lately and added different ingredients) and to inhaled items and contact allergens such as rug cleaners or chemicals including lawn chemicals.
You might want to see if some plain Benadryl helps with the itching. A usual dose is 1mg per pound of dog. Or you may want to consult with your vet and consider doing allergy testing.
Hope this helps you