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People often use Bitter Apple Spray to deter dogs from licking a particular area, and washing paws after walks can reduce irritation due to pollen allergies.
Get Kara checked out by your vet so that he can examine her and see whether she has any underlying pain or stiffness in the knuckle areas, whether she has signs of allergic skin disease, or whether her problem is due to unresolved anxiety. Many dogs who lick and chew their feet over long periods of time will also do so because it apparently feels good to them.
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.

She constantly and very aggressively licks at the knuckles on her front paws, so much so that she strips them of hair and makes them very sore.
However, it’s important to try to establish the cause of the behaviour so that an appropriate treatment can be found. Dogs also lick at areas as a reaction to stress, or due to an emotional problem such as grief or anxiety.
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.

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. There is a remedy called ignatia that is often recommended for grief-related problems in dogs.

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