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Our dog is constantly licking his front paws and legs. we

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our dog is constantly licking his front paws and legs. we recently got him a "no pull" harness. it works for no pulling, but does nothing to stop the licking. the licking is driving us crazy. what do you suggest?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Jess K replied 1 year ago.
Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am very sorry to hear about your dog! Licking of the feet and legs is often a sign of allergies. I would recommend having your vet look at your dog's feet and legs to see if there is any sign of inflammation and allergies there. Depending on the exam, your dog may need an antibiotic or antifungal medication (sometimes we can see secondary bacterial or yeast overgrowth in dogs with allergies who are licking). Then I would consider a trial of an antihistamine and starting a fatty acid supplement (they have anti-inflammatory properties) to see if any improvement is seen. In some bad allergy cases, a trial of steroids may also be needed to get the inflammation really under control. If your vet rules out allergies as a cause and feels it is a behavioral issue, you can try over the counter/supplement products first such as an Adaptil collar or diffuser (a pheremone product:, or supplements like Zylkene or Composure:, and If those are ineffective, then prescription medication may be needed to help with the behavior. In the meantime, you can also look into a bitter apple or bitter orange product such as this: which is bad tasting and may discourage your dog, but isn't going to help with whatever the underlying problem is!