Treatment for the consistent licking begins with identifying and eliminating the primary cause of the problem. If the cause is a physical one -allergies, injury, or disease – you can start with an all-natural solution you administer at home to help calm allergic inflammation and alleviate the itching to help your dog stop the compulsive licking. If that doesn't' work your veterinarian can prescribe medications like corticosteroids and antibiotics for a short period of time to heal any inflammatory skin infections. If that doesn't work your pooch may need to be placed on corticosteroids and antibiotics for a short period of time to heal any inflammatory skin infections.
If fleas are the issue You'll need to begin a flea control regimen for your pooch, your house, and your yard. Flea the Scene is an all-natural, product that can help alleviate this problem.
Controlling the itch by breaking the cycle of licking, itching irritated skin is a primary concern for the pet parents of constant paw lickers. You may wish to try a more natural approach to the problem, like the Paw Licking Prevention Pack
Boot UpCovering your dog's paws with dog booties might be a solution to the problem… if your dog responds well to having her paws handled and doesn't try to lose the booties. Using our all-natural Paw Rub underneath the booties can protect, heal, and soothe the heat of itching.
Is your dog's discomfort all in his mind? Canine behavior modification therapy with a trained dog behaviorist may be an option if your pup's licking problems are diagnosed to be psychological. While this treatment takes time, patience, and consistency to work, behavior therapy alone has been shown to be effective in some dogs. Additionally, your paw licking pooch may need more exercise, extra training, or another dog for companionship to keep her mind active. Your behaviorist may suggest adding anti-anxiety medications to the treatment plan however, an all-natural dog relaxer administered orally twice a day, can calm and relax your dog and keep her mind off the itching without any of the side effects of drugs.
Distract your dogMany dogs forget about their discomfort when they are playing, eating or chewing. Distraction is an excellent method. So give your dog a full schedule of bone chewing, game playing and toys to occupy their time. We have had success putting all natural peanut butter into a hollow toy (like a Kong). And if you freeze it it lasts even longer!
It can be difficult to manage these cases of apparent psychological scratching. If, after a thorough investigation, you feel that your dog's itch is in fact psychological, you will need to relieve anything that's bothering your dog while you redirect his self mutilating behavior. There are several things you can do to help him.
1. Every time he licks his paws, interrupt him and divert his attention. Watch him constantly so as soon as he does lick, you can give him an alternative behavior, such as chewing a peanut butter filled Kong.
2. Mental stimulation and some exercise has been shown to reduce the likelihood of these behaviors developing. Also, early obedience training will give him a good repertoire of acceptable behaviors, so he's less likely to develop compulsive behaviors.
4. If your vet feels your dog has an anxiety problem, she may prescribe a course of anti anxiety treatment. This can make it easier for him to learn new behaviors without the added burden of feeling stressed. However, we recommend a natural solution first. You can purchase an all-natural herbal product like Sleepytime Tonic without a prescription and it works wonders. Helps to calm your dog so you can both get some rest.
5. Treat any irritation in the skin that has developed from his constant scratching. Wash him in Comfy Dog Shampoo ; its colloidal oatmeal will ease his itch and reduce inflammation. You can, if you wish, follow it up with Fur Butter Deep Conditioning Treatment for an enhanced effect. If he has small patches where he constantly itches, a spray with will soothe his irritated skin.
Psychological scratching can be difficult to diagnose, and difficult to manage. It's important that it's diagnosed early; the sooner you start treatment, the better the chance for a happy outcome for you and your dog.
|Itchin' for Relief
All natural, highly effective targeted anti Itch spray
Relief right where you need it! Our unique "nozzler" spray gets this soothing formula through the fur directly to itchy and irritated skin. Itchin' for Relief contains a blend of Neem, Oat Extract, Litchi and Aloe to soothe irritated skin while Boswellia Serrata & Calendula help to reduce inflammation. We've also included Grapefruit seed Extract to prevent both bacterial and fungal infections. Can be used as often as needed.
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Helps Calm Your Nervous, Anxious Dog
Sleepytime Tonic was developed to relax a dog and ideally should be given to before an anticipated Paw Licking frenzy so that other treatments, like Paw Rub and Itchin' For Relief can take effect. Often times if the dog is already worked up it's harder to calm them. However, Sleepytime Tonic can still be given during an episode and will start working in about 20 minutes. The blend of all natural ingredients address underlying predispositions and weaknesses which cause the anxiety. It does not sedate your dog it simply calms him down. Take a look at some testimonials about this product
| Paw & Nose Rub
This blissful balm will alleviate discomfort with creamy shea butter and soothing coconut oil. Shea butter is an excellent carrier of other healing ingredients but shea butter itself helps improve the healing process, improves moisture retention, soothes and protects the skin from environmental damage. The balm also provides fast relief for hot spots and insect bites with good stuff like mango seed butter, hemp seed oil and peppermint oil. Don't worry, if your dog licks it off it's perfectly safe to ingest. (It's also great for your dry cuticles, elbows & dry patches!). For best results, massage Paw Rub onto the affected paw and then cover it up with a doggy shoe, bootie or sock so the Balm has time to starting healing. Take a look at some testimonials about this product