I have a lab/dobie mix and it licks right above one of her paws until it swells and bleeds a little. Now it looks like it's permanently swollen in 2-3 spots. This has been going on for 3 years but I just found this newsgroup.
We, and the vet, have tried:
- bitter apple spray (doesn't stop her)
- a cast around her paw (she ate it off)
- wearing the elizabethan collar (which helps but she then has to wear it all the time)
I just don't want to to have to wear that collar the rest of her lilfe.

Getting her another dog to keep her company is not an option right now.

Thanks for any ideas!
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I can think of antihistamines to stop the itching and steroid shots. Check with your veterinarian to find out what s/he thinks of those ideas, naturally. I'm not diagnosing over the 'Net.

Lia
I have a lab/dobie mix and it licks right above one of her paws until it swells and bleeds a little. Now it looks like it's permanently swollen in 2-3 spots. This has been going on for 3 years but I just found this newsgroup.

Often, constant paw licking is an indication of a food allergy. What do you feed and have you tried another food?
We, and the vet, have tried: - bitter apple spray (doesn't stop her) - a cast around her paw (she ate it off) - wearing the elizabethan collar (which helps but she then has to wear it all the time)

If there's a medical reason for her paw licking, the above are only band-aid solutions anyway.
I just don't want to to have to wear that collar the rest of her lilfe. Getting her another dog to keep her company is not an option right now.

That's a very good point - lack of exercise (physical and mental) can lead to obsessive compulsive disorders (the key word being can). You have a mix of two very active and intelligent breeds. What do you do with her for exercise?

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
I don't do NEAR enough exercise for her. My fault really but she pulls so hard on the chain, she actually tore my wife's shoulder muscle. She is 7 years old.
Is she too old for training to cause her to walk on leash properly?

Any web site suggestions to training her?
As far as food, we have switched her food several times and it seems to make no difference.
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I don't do NEAR enough exercise for her.

Good on you to admit this!
My fault really but she pulls so hard on the chain, she actually tore my wife's shoulder muscle. She is 7 years old. Is she too old for training to cause her to walk on leash properly?

Nope. I think that you should ask around for an obedience class. When you see a dog who behaves the way you'd like yours to, ask the owners where they went. Nothing beats hands-on training.
If, for any reason, you're uncomfortable with the class, speak up and ask questions, no matter how stupid they may seem to you. If you don't like the responses or the techniques, follow your gut.
Any web site suggestions to training her?

Hands on is best, though I'll suggest poking around on www.dog- play.com.
As far as food, we have switched her food several times and it seems to make no difference.

How long have you been feeding the current food? What is it?

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
We, and the vet, have tried: - bitter apple spray (doesn't stop her) - a cast around her paw (she ... collar the rest of her lilfe. Getting her another dog to keep her company is not an option right now.

Did the vet determine that it was not an allergy? No physical cause?

If so, it may be a sign that the dog isn't getting enough stimulation and is bored/stressed. How much daily exercise does she get (both mental and physical)?
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I don't do NEAR enough exercise for her. My fault really but she pulls so hard on the chain, she actually tore my wife's shoulder muscle. She is 7 years old. Is she too old for training to cause her to walk on leash properly?

Absolutely not. Take her to a class. You'll both get a lot out of it.
As far as food, we have switched her food several times and it seems to make no difference.

Did you talk to the vet about food allergies? If she is allergic to a specific ingredient, it may be present in all the foods you've tried. It may be a good idea to put her on nothing but boiled chicken and rice for a while to see if that helps, and then slowly introduce one other ingredient at a time to see if one of them produces the symptoms. If you haven't talked to your vet about this, I'd suggest doing so.
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We, and the vet, have tried: - bitter apple spray (doesn't stop her) - a cast around her paw (she ... her lilfe. Getting her another dog to keep her company is not an option right now. Thanks for any ideas!

All those things only take care of the symptoms, not the actual problem. You need to find out why she is licking the paw. What are you feeding her?
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It's never too old to train a dog. Get into obedience classes and you will how to teach her walk nicely.
Changed her food from what to what? How long was she on the food? You have to give it at least three months. If you buy the food in a grocery store than it's not a good food. Grains can cause skin problems, the lower the grains (corn, wheat, and rice) the better.
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