I just made that up
My Mom’s dog Poppy (Shih Tzu), is licking her paws like crazy all-of-a-sudden. Well, Elizabeth Hennessy, our resident vet told me it is probably an allergy, but needs to see the dog when the clinic opens up.
However since, this is allergy season, the high pollen count may be a factor, dust, cleaning products or fleas. (my mother is very clean and prides herself on that fact, so I doubt the last item applies to her and Poppy!)
Most important, however in many cases, pet allergies have to do with the food and treats being served to them that could be contributing to an unhealthy gut not able to fight allergens. We were told an allergy may not be present at first, but over time can develop. To retaliate this “itchy paw syndrome” were told to look for healthy food containing antioxidants, prebiotic fibers and probiotics. A more natural diet full of ingredients like berries, vegetables like carrots, and whole grains would be good. Also a probiotic supplement can help along with daily exercise to help digestion and the breaking down of fatty acids.
Of course, when we can, Poppy will go see Elizabeth! My mother Annette is relieved, needless to say and so am I!