My mixed Lab - Rotweiller chews her paw occassionallyuntil it's raw and swollen. We have to put a cone on her head so she'll stop shewing for a few weeks until it heals. Several months later, she starts again.

The vet gives her anitbiotics and sometimes a steroid shot.

The problem is it she keeps doing it over and over and the vet costs several hundred dollars every visit - this is getting out of control.

She is mixed-breed as above, she's an inside dog who is taken out often but not walked very far, but loved very much.
Any ideas?
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No help but we have a friend with a Black Lab who chews until raw. His brother and litter mate does nothing like this. He is 10 now and has done it for years. Hope you find a solution.
My mixed Lab - Rotweiller chews her paw occassionallyuntil it's raw and swollen. We have to put a cone on ... she's an inside dog who is taken out often but not walked very far, but loved very much. Any ideas?

You might want to check out a (mostly doberman) syndrome called lick granuloma. Some vets think it may be connected to inhereted spinal cord problems. One of my female dobies (who had Wobbler's Syndrome, the spinal cord thing) had lick granulomas all of her life. My most recent male dobie only started them when stressed, like in the kennel for boarding.
Best of luck to you.
Dana and Guinness
Find another vet who will find the underlying problem of the itching that's driving her crazy and cure it. Or go to the vet immediately when you notice her chewing for the medicine before it gets so bad. A few hundred dollars isn't a bad price if you learn something maybe what she's allergic to so you can avoid it in the future or which medicine works so you can just buy the medicine and not pay for the full office visit. It is a high price if you have to keep going back and paying again for another dose of the same old stuff. Whatever you do, don't treat it as a behavioral problem. Something physical is making her worry her paw.
Lia
My mixed Lab - Rotweiller chews her paw occassionallyuntil it's ... not walked very far, but loved very much. Any ideas?

You might want to check out a (mostly doberman) syndrome called lick granuloma. Some vets think it may be connected ... dobie only started them when stressed, like in the kennel for boarding. Best of luck to you. Dana and Guinness

Paw chewing is often a symptom of allergies also. Surprised that your vet didn't suggest tests and diet change
My Rottweiller used to do the same thing. She was allergic to her dog food. Now we only feed her lamb and rice.
Eileen Ferrara
Chesapeake Virginia
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It is a high price if you have to keep going back and paying again for another dose of the same old stuff. Whatever you do, don't treat it as a behavioral problem. Something physical is making her worry her paw.

I wouldn't be so quick to rule out behavioral issues here, Lia. Without more information from the OP about the kind of day this dog lives, it's really impossible to assess this case intelligently. Emotional distress (derived from boredom, for example) is always a prime suspect when you're looking for the root cause of a dog's compulsive paw licking/biting behavior.
She may be an indoor dog, but if she's not getting enough attention, exercise, etc., or is being subjected to frequent family bickering, etc., she could very easily be stressed enough to start taking it out on her paw, no matter how much she's loved by her owners.

We need much more information from the OP, and the OP also needs to think about getting a second opinion from another vet, too. A vet that will look at emotional issues, as well as the obvious physical ones, like allergies, arthritis, etc.
My mixed Lab - Rotweiller chews her paw occassionallyuntil it's ... not walked very far, but loved very much. Any ideas?

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Thanks. I think I remember "lick granuloma" being said in a vet visit years ago. What do you about "lick granuloma"?
Thanks again!
This is the first posting I've done about my dog - you guys are so helpful. Many many thanks!.
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