Hey /an/, my dog has been licking his paws more than usual the last couple of days.
I came home from my classes today and saw this. He's only done that with one of his hind legs.
Does anybody know what the fuck he's doing, is this serious, and how I can potentially keep this from happening?
My dog did that pretty recently. I thought it was allergies or a hotspot due to stress as our house had been filled with people for the holidays.
Took him to the vet. Vet said it was likely something with his pinky toe since his toe was tender and the whole area he'd been licking was a little swollen. However, since he wasn't limping, she said it wasn't worth it to x-ray his foot, especially since a pinky toe is difficult to x-ray as it is. It may have been a fracture or a sprain and she said it shouldn't cause any problems unless there's a little bone fragment floating around.
Like >>2043594 said, the vet gave me pain pills and a cone, and she also gave me an antibiotic to keep the raw area where he'd licked from getting infected. He took the antibiotic for 5 days and the pain pills for 7, and he slowly started leaving his foot alone. The hair isn't grown back all the way yet, but it's not noticeable now.
My point is that it could be anything, which is why you need to take it to the vet. I thought he had a hotspot or allergies, and it turned out to be something totally different.
THAT BEING SAID, if he isn't limping around, and he's licking ALL his paws instead of just one, it IS likely allergies or a hotspot. You should still go to the vet, because then he can be treated properly. OTC topical stuff for pets is generally useless.