Underlying itchiness is what results in that constant foot licking; the moisture caused by excessive foot licking between the paws can cause a secondary bacterial or yeast infection. This can actually worsen the itchiness and clinical signs.
Excessive licking of the paws warrants a trip to your veterinarian, as certain tests need to be performed to rule out skin problems .
How will my veterinarian figure out why my dog is licking his paws?
Diagnosis of an underlying infection requires certain tests from your veterinarian including:
What should you do if your dog is drinking a lot of water?
Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.
How will my veterinarian diagnose my dog’s condition?
Initially, your veterinarian will perform a number of blood and urine tests. Additional tests may be needed to further identify and regulate the condition.
The only way to reduce water intake is to manage the underlying condition. Most of these conditions can be regulated and your dog can go on to lead a normal life of good quality.
Tucker has always eaten Science Diet food and has been fairly healthy…he does have PRA which is hereditary where he has gone blind. He started vomiting so I took him to his vet and found out he was dehydrated and have high liver count. He’s been there over night two times and the vet has put him on Science Diet LD and Denosyl and another chewable tablet. He eats it fine and has gotten better. The problem i am having is when I take him outside…he finds anything he can to eat. Is he not getting enough to fill his belly from eating this food?