Why Does My Dog… Lick and Chew His Feet?

DL for dog licking pawPlenty of owners observe this common behavior in their dogs and wonder if they should be concerned. In some cases, dogs will gently but insistently lick one or both paws, but other canines will go so far as to chew on their toes, which can be disconcerting for any pet owner.

So should you be worried?
The short answer is yes. You should always consult with your vet about this behavior, especially if it comes on suddenly, persists for long periods of time, or is accompanied by redness, swelling, odor, bleeding, limping or other possible signs of pain and infection.

Although most dogs engage in this behavior occasionally for unknown reasons, others are prone to lick or chew their feet excessively. In these cases, the feet (especially of light-colored dogs) will often look stained a pink or rusty color, which is the result of chronic contact with porphyrin pigments found in saliva.

Possible Causes for Sudden Licking and Chewing
There are a variety of reasons why your dog would suddenly lick or chew his feet, including puncture wounds to the toes or paw pads, fractured claws or toes, burns, corns (especially common in Greyhounds), and foreign bodies that may be lodged between the toes, such as ticks, grass awns and burrs.

Canines will also engage in this behavior due to other, more serious causes, such as interdigital cysts, tumors and other cancers, allergic skin disease and autoimmune diseases of the nail beds or paw pads.

Possible Causes for Chronic Licking and Chewing
Allergic skin disease is the most common reason why canines lick and chew their feet on a chronic basis. Food allergies, in particular, are typically the culprit, and secondary infections from yeast and bacteria can further exacerbate the behavior.

Many dogs who lick and chew their feet over long periods of time will also do so because it apparently feels good to them. In these cases, vets look for an underlying nonbehavioral disease that may have initially triggered the obsessive behavior. For example, dogs with lick granulomas — wounds caused by obsessive licking of the tops of the feet and lower limbs — may have been initially drawn to lick the area because of an injury, simple itch or a reaction to an allergen.
Regardless of the cause, if you notice that your dog is licking or chewing his paws, seek veterinary advice, especially since most of these cases are treatable if addressed by a professional early.

What plants are toxic to cats and dogs

Make sure you know which plants are most deadly to avoid your dog or cat from getting into these poisonous flowers and poisonous plants!
Autumn Crocus. …
Azalea. …
Cyclamen. …
Kalanchoe. …
Lilies. …
Oleander. …
Dieffenbachia. …
For more info see website:

Check out these non-toxic plants.

Money Tree. …
Palms. …
Spider Plant. …
Boston Fern. …
Tradescantia Zebrina. …
Wax Plant. …
African Violet. …
Moth Orchids.

March is Pet Poison Prevention Month

March is Pet Poison Prevention Month

Many toxins that are harmful to our pets are extremely common so it is vital that all pet owners know what to do in case of an emergency. The ASPCA has released their free Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) Mobile App for iPhones and Androids to raise awareness. The app features information on substances that can be harmful for many species of pets as well as the actions that need to be taken if ingested by a pet. The app also has quick access to the hotline for immediate access to a toxicologist.

            To best protect your pet, make sure that your animals cannot access chemicals such as cleaners, rodent bait, and anti-freeze. In addition, some of the most common poisons to both cats and dogs include; vitamins, mouse or rat poison, and medications. Some of our foods can be dangerous to our pets such as alcohol, chocolate, caffeine, and citrus. Knowing what is dangerous to your pets is the best way to protect them! For more information and full lists of what can be harmful for your pet, visit the Animal Poison Control website at:

Cat Litter Explained


Ever wonder why there are so many types of cat litter? Like us, most of our cats have preferences including toward their litter! Keep in mind that most cats are not a huge fan of change so unless there is a problem, there should not be a big rush to change litter. If you’re not sure what type of your cat would like best, it is recommended to try multiple types and let your pet decide.

Until now, clay litter has been most popular. They are most cost efficient and come in two types; clumping and non-clumping. One reason for their recent decline is that they can cause respiratory issues in cats. Clumping clay litter is not biodegradable. While non-clumping clay litter is biodegradable, it poses a higher risk of respiratory issues and is less odor-absorbing.

Corn or Pine litter is biodegradable, does not pose respiratory problems, is cheaper, and typically lasts longer than clay litters. Although, some cats do not prefer the added or natural scents common in these litters.

Paper is less commonly used but environmentally friendly! Recycled paper litters are extremely absorbent, biodegradable and have no dust – aka no respiratory issues. It is reviewed as very easy scooping.

Crystals are costlier. These litters last the longest. Made of gel crystals, they are highly absorbent, keeping smells down, but are harder to scoop because they do not form clumps.

Your Pets and Valentine’s Day Danger & Prevention


We all LOVE giving and receiving Valentines sweets, gifts, flowers and cards. Chocolates, various edible fruit and nut arrangements, beautiful roses and other florals, gift wrappings and decorations. Our pets are definitely curious if these gifts are for them especially with their keen sense of smell. Unfortunately, each year pets become very sick and even worse we lose them due to ingesting hazardous toxins from these gifts.
Here are the top 5 things to Keep Out of Paws Rage to protect your pets:

  1. Chocolates and Candies
  2. Roses, Lilies and many other flowers
  3. Candles that are lit
  4. Decorations, bows, ribbons wrapping paper
  5. Stuffed animals not made for pets

This is a time when extra intriguing items are displayed in our living spaces which most of us share with our fur family. So be cautioned to keep the areas safe.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Pets Need Dental Health Too!


February is National Pet Dental Health Month! If left untreated, plaque and tartar buildup can lead to painful periodontal disease. As with many health issues, prevention is the best medicine.

Here are some ways you can take a proactive role in keeping your pet’s teeth healthy.

Brush their teeth! It might take patience and practice, and some treats or rewards, but eventually it can even turn into a bonding experience. Make sure to use toothpaste that’s safe for pets. Brush gently for 30 seconds on each side of their mouth at least every other day.

Dental treats, toys and food: While not as effective as teeth brushing, products that are specifically designed to promote oral health are a good alternative. Check for the Seal of Acceptance from the Veterinary Oral Health Council to ensure the product meets the standards for effective plaque and tartar control.

Regular dental exams: Just like humans, pets need to have their teeth and gums checked by a vet once or twice a year. A basic dental exam can usually be done without sedation, unless your pet becomes aggressive or they are in pain.

Diet: Overall health begins with a good diet, but many dental health problems can be caused by malnutrition. Ask your vet for recommendations if your pet has nutrition issues that need to be addressed.
Keeping your pet’s teeth and gums healthy has tremendous benefits—some studies have shown that maintaining oral health can add up to five years to your pet’s life.

Dog Rocks, What are they?

Dog Rocks

I know I was wondering the same thing. What the heck are they and what do they do. I was doing a pet sit for one of my clients and noticed these in a jug of water in the refrigerator with a note attached telling me what it was. So these rocks help to remove the nitrates in your dog’s drinking water and they prevent urine stains on your beautiful green lawns. Dog Rocks are non-invasive – in fact all you need to do is put them in your dog’s drinking bowl. I probably wouldn’t advise you to leave the rocks in the water bowls because if you’re dogs are anything like mine they would try to chew or eat them.  As the rocks sit in the water, removing any small amounts of rubbish, including Tin, Ammonia and Nitrates. Best of all, while this is happening, the rocks do not alter the pH level of the water or your pet’s urine. Technically speaking, dog rocks are a unique natural remedy for turning your dog’s pee into a fertilizer, and provides a stable matric and micro porous medium, in which active components are made to act as a water purifier instead of an acidic fluid. – you will be giving your dog a cleaner source of water by using Dog Rocks. They do need to be replaced every 2 months. Dog Rocks can be purchased from, Walmart and .

Does your dog wear Doggles?

A note from Bosley Rhoades – Keep your pup’s gorgeous eyes safe this summer!

dog wear Doggles

Doggles can be purchased from

Does your Dog’s nose look like this?

Dog’s nose

I have always wondered what this was. I often notice that some of my older fur clients have this. Even my own dog Bosley has it.  This looks like when a human gets dry, chapped lips and you know how painful that is, well this is dry, cracked skin and painful for a dog. I have seen snout balm in the pet stores. So now I know what snout balm is used for. So what causes this you ask? The weather, extreme heat or cold. Exposure to the sun can cause your dog’s nose to become sunburned. During winter the skin is prone to drying out (just like human lips do). Allergies to food, plastic water dishes or toys.  Dehydration and any medical issues such as canine skin disorders can cause dry nose. Be sure to check with your vet if your fur baby experiences this.

Pet Rescue Donation Drive

Pet Rescue Donation Drive

On behalf of Pampered Paws and their clients we have collected some items for Mostly Mutts Pet Rescue that were delivered to their facility today. I was able to tour their beautiful and brand new shelter. I got to see all the sweet little doggies and kittens that are all up for adoption. So if anyone is interested in adding to their family be sure to check out Mostly Mutts. They are located right here in Kennesaw.  See website for more info.