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.

Here’s the lowdown on everything you need to know about why puppies lick their paws.


They’ll happily lick their paws, legs, and even their nether regions to get rid of any unwanted debris or smell they feel is clinging to them.



Licking is a soothing activity for your dog, whether they’re licking themselves or licking you. It can be a simple relaxing behavior to calm themselves down after playtime or if their nerves are a little rattled.




Ticks are common problems for dog owners who love to take their furry companion on a jaunt through fields and forests. They can be found just about anywhere on your puppy, including the vulnerable areas between the toe pads.



Yeast may not sound imposing, but it can be an uncomfortable (and smelly) skin problem for puppies. It often occurs on paws that are chronically licked as yeast grows well in a moist environment.


Toenail Injury 

When your puppy is licking one paw in particular frequently, the problem might not be their paw at all but an injury to a toenail.

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