Why do pekingese lick so much?
Do you see your Pekingese always licking, chewing, or biting her paws? If that’s the case, then the initial thing you should do is see if there’s anything abnormal going on with the paws. There could be something lodged in the pads like gum, glass, or a foxtail. If everything looks normal, then look at the dog’s nail length. Sometimes, a dog’s nails will curl up and grow inside if they’re not cut right. If it looks like a nail has grown so long that it’s growing inward toward the pad, then trim it back and clean off the pad.
If either of those things aren’t the case, then it might be allergic to something it ate. Paw biting and licking are common symptoms of food allergies.
If you think your dog has a food allergy, then alter your dog’s diet to a diet that is less likely to start an allergic reaction. Be consistent with this diet for a couple of weeks. Good dietary choices for this include rabbit and lamb. Stop giving it treats as well. If, after a period of two weeks, you see that she is biting and licking less, then let the treats back in. You could observe that the reaction was to a little treat filler and not the food.
If making dietary changes doesn’t stop the paw licking and biting, then you could want to give your Pekingese’s paws a good washing and walk her down the concrete, instead of the grass. Pekingese, like people, could be allergic to grass, or pesticides that are often sometimes sprayed on the weeds. If you think it is a grass or pesticide allergy, and you then take your Pekingese to the park, then make sure to dry and wash her feet nicely when you come home.
Another potential thing is that your Pekingese could have a yeast issue. This should be checked out by your veterinarian so that if it’s yeast, the right medication can be prescribed. In the meantime, however, you can soak your dog’s paws in vinegar a couple of times per day. This will cut down on the itchiness until the point when you can see a veterinarian. If this appears to work, then yeast could be the problem. Don’t use yeast infection preparations that are over the counter. They don’t work for dogs, and they won’t get the infection cured.