Reasons Why Do Puppies Lick Their Paws

Everyone’s puppy has a lick at their paws from time to time, some more often than others. Seeing them spread out in their bed having a comforting lick is frankly adorable.

There are a variety of factors that influence how often and how hard a pup may lick its paws for it to be considered harmless or harmful. Here’s the lowdown on everything you need to know about why puppies lick their paws.

Foreign Object Injury 


Usually if the foreign object is still stuck, your dog will limp to avoid putting pressure on the artifact or lick at it to try and dislodge it.

Food Allergies 


Food allergies typically develop when the dog is less than a year old. They’re a reaction to a specific type of protein that your pup is ingesting, usually resulting in itchy paws, face, or skin in general.



As much as your dog may love rolling in the grass, dermatitis can be a response to environmental allergens such as grasses and mold spores, or to food allergens. 

Hot Spots 


These local areas of inflammation can pop up overnight and are a type of acute moist dermatitis. They’re triggered by a licking or scratching episode that activates inflammation and allows an entry to bacteria. 



Hot surfaces like tar and concrete that have been baking in the sun all day can leave your pup’s paw pads scalded if they walk on them. 

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