Common Health Problems in West Highland White Terriers and Schnauzers

Infections can cause foot and pad problems and obsessive dog paw licking.

How to stop paw licking which can mean red feet, blisters and cracked pads.


Infections will cause the feet to become red and inflamed.   After a while the hair on the feet will turn a brown-pink color. 

If your dog has dark fur and is licking his paws, check out the feet to make sure what you are dealing with.

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  • dog foot licking
  • licking constantly
  • chewing feet
  • biting paws
  • licking feet raw
  • Dog paw licking can cause red pads and irritated feet - this can cause pain to your canineOther problems that are common with canines are nails that are too long. If the nail is too long it keeps jamming it back into the dogs foot causing pain.


    If your dog gets a splinter in his foot, the best thing to do is try to get it out yourself unless you can see that it is really deep or very infected.

    A canine will become nervous if things do not stay stable because they needs a natural, calm routine.

    Break the routine and you might have a dog that will try to compensate for the change by showing signs of anxiety and anxiousness and yes even cats lick their paws when upset

    Licking paws until you see hair loss is an interesting symptom

    Dogs will sometimes lick an area when they are feeling insecure

    The incessant licking can cause endorphins to be released and the dog feels better. And he keeps licking. I have watched my female lick her foot until I can not stand it any longer.

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    Foot injuries, blisters and your dog licking foots

    Feet - Foot - blisters on paws and licking problems.

    Your dog's feet are very sensitive. 

    Walking on hot blacktop, cement, sand or other surfaces can damage your dogs feet during the summer. The  feet can burn, dry, crack and develop blisters.

    I took my dog for a walk in the very heat of the day and ended up carrying dog home in my arms because she had developed huge blisters on her all four feet.

    I took my dog home and soaked them in cool water and Epsom Salts.  I then put a medication for burns on dog paws and wrapped them in gauss and vet wrap.  I really felt sorry for her and mad at myself for not noticing that the pavement was way too hot for her dog feet.

    Next to skin allergies, many owners of the many wonderful dogs have terrible problems with their dog licking and chewing on the feet, paws and nails.  By now you might have caught on to many of the different causes of foot and dog paw pain.

    Walk your dog on the grass or dirt.  Yes, his feet will get dirty but I make it a habit to wash both of my dogs feet in the bathtub after a walk.  They look forward to it because they don't have to spend a half hour licking their feet to get the dirt and debris off the foot.

    Another way to go is buy some boots for your dog.  I've found them in dog shops but they seem to slip off a lot.  These boots will help a great deal in the summer and in the snow.

    Purchase a pair of socks for babies.  Put these on after you have washed and medicated the foot.

    Cracked  pads are painful.  You can apply some moisturizer to them if you see that they are very dry and appear to be cracking.  Cracks in the pads if deep enough, can develop into an infection.

    Some questions to consider:

  • is this a new behavior?
    • New behavior suggests that it might be an injury
  • Is it one foot?
    • One foot usually  means an infection
  • Both Front feet? 
    • This can be a sign of anxiety
  • Or all four feet?
    • Consider an Yeast Infection
  • Is your dog limping or do you see swelling in the foot?
    • Infection bacterial

    Dog paw licking problem can start out as a medical one and later become a habit to comfort oneself.

    Dogs lick their feet for a variety of reasons. A dog will spend time  cleaning its feet with its tongue especially if it is active outside.  Dirt, stones and pieces of wood and other material can become lodged  under a dogs nail and between the pads of its feet.

    You should also take care of your dogs feet by trimming the nails every few weeks.

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