Why does my dog have pink feet?
Often times, dogs who lick their feet frequently will develop pink staining on their feet, or any other area they lick a lot. This staining occurs when porphyrins in the dog’s saliva oxidize (when they are in contact with oxygen), making the pink colour on their feet.
How do I get rid of it?
Since saliva staining is caused by the dog over licking their feet, we need to stop that licking to stop the fur from turning pink.
It is normal for dogs to groom and clean their feet, but a dog with allergies likely overgrooms and chews at their feet, between their paw pads, and even up their arm. Often times it looks like they are chewing a corn cob as they itch all the way up their leg or chew between their toes. If your dog is licking and chewing this much, you should see your vet so we can help get their itching under control.
The overgrooming and chewing of feet is a common sign of allergies in dogs. These allergies are often seasonal allergies, especially if it only starts at a certain time of year, likely when a certain type of pollen is around, then goes away the rest of the year. The staining on your dog’s feet goes away since they are not itchy so they stop chewing.
There are many options to help minimize the itch and discomfort for your pet and help prevent irritation to their paws from chewing on them. For many pets with seasonal allergies a short course of antihistamines may be enough, while others will require something a little stronger to keep them comfortable through the summer months.
If your dog suffers from allergies, book an appointment with your veterinarian so they can help you find the right treatment for your pet’s allergies.
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