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Why are his paws red and itchy?
  • pamelapamela
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    Post edited by sunyata at 2012-08-09 09:52:24
  • CrimsonO2CrimsonO2
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    You are correct in that it is likely allergies. Many Shiba owners on this forum have varying degrees of severity and sensitivity of allergies on their Shibas. Some are mild like food (chicken/grain) or environment (grass), some are a bit more severe like pollen. My preliminary suggestion to you would be to find a grain and chicken-free kibble to try to slowly transition your dog over to (allergies can take days to clear up).

    Best of luck,
    Jesse
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  • Adonia1986Adonia1986
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    some vets might be able to prescribe a topical solution, but without a vets consent, I don't know that I would try anything else.Stefanie & Sakura Twin Cities - MN
  • johnwlajohnwla
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    Haki has grain and chicken allergies and I have him on a pure protein diet (ziwi peak). I noticed about a fortnight ago that he was constantly licking his paws until they were pink and sniffing his hindquarters. I realized that the treats I was giving him were grain based. Once I cut them out, it took about 4 days for his system to clear. I did try childrens bendryl based on my vet's dosage (1 mg per pound).

    Hope that Termi feels better soon!
  • InoushiInoushi
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    Just to be safe, check him for fleas. Dogs who obsess over there paws can do so when they have an allergy to fleas. My older dog is like that.
  • pamelapamela
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  • pamelapamela
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    Here are some pictures of his red paws. He went through the antibiotics from the vet and it started to get better but now he seems to be licking his back paws again. I'm gonna take him to the vet this week but wanted to know what you all think.Pam, Garrett, Termi & Shelby
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  • CrimsonO2CrimsonO2
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    Pamela,
    I looked at Pro Plan Selects Salmon and Brown Rice as the food you mentioned and there are some things regarding the ingredients list that doesn't quite seem to make it clear that it is poultry-free and could possibly still be causing allergic reactions for your dog.

    Pro Plan Selects Salmon and Brown Rice: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=1391&cat=all

    "Animal fat" is of unknown origin and for all you know, that could be chicken fat that exists enough to trigger your dog's allergies.

    If it's possible for you, try to find some foods that are explicitly stating "grain-free" and make sure the ingredients don't list unidentified meat sources.

    If you're looking for fish-based food because your dog loves it, try Wellness Core-Ocean (http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=1742&cat=all) or Taste of The Wild Pacific Stream (http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=1286&cat=all) or even Acana Pacifica (http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=2255&cat=all).

    Jesse
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  • LilikoiLilikoi
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    Of course allergies can develop at any time and could be like seasonal or related to fooood... Is it like on the pads of his feet or where the fur should be at other places??

    I don't know a tonnn about dogs and allergies, but our family poodle developed allergies when she was like 6 or 7 years old. Possibly to chicken... not positive but now she's doing better on a fish kibble. Her paws would mostly get red and swollen (and itchy) on the pads and between her toes. She also developed very bad seasonal allergies. Taking a daily probiotic really helps her avoid hot spots and ear infections that she often gets because of the allergies. The vet told her over the summer that she had beautiful skin for her age. :o lol. Which was a surprise considering all the issues with massive hot spots that she's had.
    Post edited by Lilikoi at 2017-11-07 23:21:04
  • ZenkiZenki
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  • LilikoiLilikoi
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    Mollie just takes like a probiotic chew daily. I give Ozzy goats milk or plain Greek yogurt every few days usually, but now he actually has a daily chew now that has a probiotic cus he's had some issues with his anal glands. :-S I've been meaning to write about that whole experience in a relevant topic when I've got more time hahah. Cus it's kind of an interesting uh journey.
  • zandramezandrame
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    @Zenki, that does sound like allergies. My boy tends to chew the top of his toes as well.
    Winter is not typically big on pollen allergies, so it might be food. You can do a limited diet food trial (remove everything and try a novel new protein). As for remedies, other than pinpointing the allergen and removing/avoiding it, there isn't really anything that just "works," other than medication like Apoquel and Cytopoint. If it continues, I'd suggest seeing a vet dermatologist.

    Some other threads with more history,
    http://www.shibainuforum.org/forum/discussion/comment/199406#Comment_199406
    http://www.shibainuforum.org/forum/discussion/comment/232182#Comment_232182

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