Itchy Paw

by Shannon Steffen on September 19, 2006

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I kept looking at Dakota as I passed by her and there was always drool coming out of her mouth. Dakota never drools until there is food around, so to see her laying in front of our picture window without even the slightest mention of food has me concerned. I got a closer look and noticed that her right paw was all wet too – seems she was licking it. A flashlight revealed a red and itchy looking skin between her toes. The skin is not broken open nor infected but just looks uncomfortable.

Usually skin irritations are caused by an allergic reaction to food or something that made contact with their skin. This is especially predominant in Labrador Retrievers so it isn’t surprising to see one of our Labs with this. The problem is identifying the culprit given that the girls are on holistic large & giant breed dog food and have been for several months. Hopefully it was just something she brushed against outside. Whatever it is, I hope it goes away because these girls have had enough health problems in their short lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Hi. This is Alpa from India. My lab, Shadow had the same itchy paw problem which he kept licking and licking to no end. I am not trying to frighten you, but please please please do not take this lightly, please get it treated at the earliest. Do not wait for it to get ok on its own. Lots of love to both Dakota and Cheyenne. If you like, you can contact me at alpa_ni@hotmail.com. (a dog lover)

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