My wife and I adopted a wonderful 5 year old female Pitbull about a year ago. Shortly after we got her she started licking her paws, not just normal cleaning of the paws but repetitive licking until the pads are all bloody and she cannot walk on them without limping. I clean and bandage them and she leaves them alone, lets them heal and does it again. To be clear, it isn't just one paw, it's all of them.
I contacted the dogs previous owner and asked her if she had ever experienced anything like this, she said no, and of course I just have to take her word for it...
The dog has been to the vet numerous times, even to different vets.
The first vet said she had food allergies and suggested putting her on a grain free food.
The second vet said she had skin and food allergies and suggested adding Claratin, she also said the dog had a yeast infection in her paws and put her on steroids for 60 days.
I've changed her food to a grain free salmon recipe, put her on the claratin, gave her the steroids and she still won't stop licking.
So my questions are this, what else could be causing the licking? Is there anything I can to stop this destructive behavior?
- We live in an apartment, all the grass is watered by a sprinkler system and I do not believe any fertilizers are being used.
- She is up to date on all of her shots
- She gets monthly FrontLine flea treatments, bought from the vet not online vendors.
- I've tried deterring her with rawhides and kong bones, she isn't interested.