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what can i do for my dogs paws she licks them and chews them and they smell

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  • Janet BoucherJanet Boucher WaterburyPosts: 2,054Member
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    Sounds like she has some kind of allergy. It could be to her food, the outside environment, then try to eliminate the allergy source. If you cannot find the allergy source your vet can do help you with allergy testing.
  • Linda MatthewsLinda Matthews Plain cityPosts: 6,859Member
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    the smell could also be Yeast infection. They have special shampoos at the vets' and they have medication to help. You may want to research your breed and their diets as well to discourage more allergies or infections
  • Sarah LundleySarah Lundley OaklandPosts: 894Member
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    It sounds like she has a food allergy. One of the most common symptoms of food allergies is chewing/licking the paws and base of the tail. The foods that cause this the most are chicken, corn (corn meal too),wheat and gluten. Check the foods that you're feeding her. If the food contains any of those ingredients, switch to foods that don't. Do the switch slowly though so she adjusts. Most good dog foods don't contain corn, wheat or gluten. They may contain chicken, but a lot of dogs have allergies to chicken too. I know of 3 people whose dogs are highly allergic to chicken. They chew on their paws until they bleed. They had to spend a lot of time finding the right dog food for their pooch. One switched to a lamb based food, the other went to raw and the other is feeding her dogs Blue Buffalo. I think that's what it's called. Start experimenting w/the food and see what happens.
  • Marie PeppersMarie Peppers the valleyPosts: 1,164Member
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    Dog chewing paws - paw stains - eyes stains - yeast smell... Help is here: smelly shih tzu - probiotic help; http://en.allexperts.com/q/Shih-Tzus-3351/2009/6/OOH-Smell-shih-tzu.htm
  • Kathi EnglandKathi England BellevuePosts: 1Member
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    I did the same thing - and it was an allergy. Mom and ad switched me to the Dick Van Patten food/for dogs with allergies, and the vet also gave me a dose of pills for 12 days or so, and then I have been taking 3 fish oil pills a day (I weigh 80#). I have gotten much! better, and don't bite and chew my paws now. I think the vet gave me some kind of antibiotic, I don't remember. I spit out the fish oil pills sometimes, so mom and dad wrap them in thin sliced turkey, or cheese! They think I don't know - I DO!! I like the meat and cheese though..... Hope your pup gets better, it's really a pain, and makes my paws hurt, itch and they do smell when the yeast infection gets bad.
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