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My 7 year old Shih Tzu has started chewing all 4 paws raw,

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My 7 year old Shih Tzu has started chewing all 4 paws raw, in just the last week.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 2 years ago.
Hi, this is Dr. Gabby. Usually an acute onset of chewing multiple feet is allergy related. It will be difficult to determine exactly what she is allergic to without having a vet do an allergy test. But there are a few things you can do to help her symptoms.1. Give an antihistamine like Benadryl or Zyrtec.Benadyl- 1 mg of benadryl, per each pound of dog, every 12 hours. For example a 10 pound dog would take 10 mg of benadryl every 12 hours. Use the human kind. Liquid or pill form is fine.Or,Zyrtec-1/4 of a 10 mg tablet per each 15 pounds of dog every 24 hours.2. Wash her feet when she comes in from outside to remove any allergens. You can use shampoo and water or sensitive skin baby wipes.3. Put an e-collar on her to prevent her from doing further damage to the skin on her feet. You can buy one at Petsmart or your vet's office.4. Put over the counter hydrocortisone itch spray on the feet every few hours as needed. It is not toxic if she licks it but the e-collar will help prevent the licking.5. If she does not improve by Tuesday, or if she gets worse, then she should see her vet.Does that help? If so please Accept and Rate my answer so I receive credit for my time. If you have additional questions please reply. Many Thanks