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So Nacho is at it again. My delicate boy has yet ANOTHER issue coming up. (Poor little guy!) He is obsessively licking his paws. He’s done it before, and a vet told me it was allergies, but that vet knew nothing about huskies. However, with much internet research, I figured it’s not a bad idea to rule things out. He is on grain free food, we have eliminated chicken and gets a mostly fish and potato based diet. I noticed paw licking in the past and it decreased when removed the chicken from the diet. Before we saw the great improvement with Zinc supplementation, I assumed that all the coat issues he was having were allergies, too. Is it possible he has allergies and zinc deficiency and they are both working against him?  Last night the poor guy licked his paws all night. I’ve checked them out; no foreign bodies no sores, no rashes. I gave him a Benadryl because he was so intense on his licking and he finally seems calm and not obsessively licking today. I haven’t changed anything in his diet and he wasn’t obsessively licking earlier this year. Do you think it could be environmental? I noticed the increase in licking with the longer dog walk route. Could he be stepping on something he’s allergic to? Could it be something seasonal? It’s cooler in Phoenix now and so he’s spending so much more time in the back yard. Anyone experienced this before? 

He’s so darn sweet, it breaks my heart to see him so itchy!

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Thought about also removing potatoes out of the diet..does have a fair amount of starch in them...otherwise might be an idea to look into grass allergies...

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I don’t allow mine on grass. Don’t know what  fertilizers maybe on it or what plants will cause issues.

My girl doesn’t “lick” her paws but she does suckle on them. That is why I am very careful where I walk them.

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Food allergies are the usual culprits and secondary infections from yeast and bacteria exacerbate the behaviour.


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Paw licking can also be down to stress, Koda was doing this when he had separation anxiety even when I was in the house


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I think he’s allergic to something. This morning I noticed him scratching his muzzle. He’s now got a rash on his muzzle and has scratched it so it’s bleeding. We’ve scheduled an appointment with our vet. Poor baby. 

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Update! We went to the vet and he’s definitely got definitely allergies. We are currently doing medication to get the itchiness under control. We saw improvement 1 day and now that it’s really in his system, Nacho is a different boy. He’s frisky, doing zoomies again and he’s NOT chewing and scratching. Phew!

Now the real issue: what is he allergic to? Everything, probably. He’s my delicate flower. I’m going to spend some quality time on the feeding threads here. Could be food. Could be environmental, too. Any suggestions are welcome. 

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23 hours ago, DesertHusky said:

Update! We went to the vet and he’s definitely got definitely allergies. We are currently doing medication to get the itchiness under control. We saw improvement 1 day and now that it’s really in his system, Nacho is a different boy. He’s frisky, doing zoomies again and he’s NOT chewing and scratching. Phew!

Now the real issue: what is he allergic to? Everything, probably. He’s my delicate flower. I’m going to spend some quality time on the feeding threads here. Could be food. Could be environmental, too. Any suggestions are welcome. 

Happy to hear that the meds helped.

Mine are allergic to everything!!Food and  environment. Uggg

*this is just what I am doing for mine*

I started with food. My vet gave me a list to start with.

No chicken of any kind, wheat, grains, corn, dairy, yogurt, red meats of any kind, and carrots.

Cut all items out for 2 months. 

Then introduce one item one time. If they are truly allergic you will notice a reaction right away. If no reaction keep to that one for 2 weeks. If still no reaction then mostly that one is not it. 

If they start having a reaction, stop immediately and wait at least three weeks (or when no signs are present) before introducing another item from the list.

Keep doing this for every item. Or pay for the allergy test 🤑

Mine reacted within 24 hrs to chicken, carrots, pop corn 😞, yogurt, pretty much to all of them. Mine can only have fish and lamb at this point. Just tested turkey and they seem to be ok.

Been letting my pups into the backyard. ( my boy has a boo boo and can’t go for walks right now) The itching has flared up like crazy. I have not used anything on the grass. The girl has an actual rash on her belly. The boy has started chewing at his paw. 

When (they are healthy) I walk them I do not allow them on anyone’s grass, we stay on the streets. Looking into booties to see if that helps (and to protect their nails)

I also used Bitter Apple when the itching /chewing was insane. Apple Cider vinegar 50/50 with water to keep hot spots from happening (keeps away infection)

Hope your baby feels better soon.

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