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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Jack russel will not stop licking front and rear paws.Makes

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Jack russel will not stop licking front and rear paws.Makes everything wet.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Licking of the paws is pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of both atopy (allergies to environmental allergens such as pollens, molds, dust, and dust mites, etc.) and food intolerance. Atopy is far more common especially in the Jack Russel breed. This is most often addressed with a short course of a corticosteroid such as prednisone but the new cytokine antagonist oclacitinib (Apoquel) should be considered because it works as well as a steroid without a steroid's adverse effects. Rusty's vet will need to determine if there is now secondary infection (bacteria, yeast) in that wet paw skin and treat appropriately for those infections. A broad spectrum antibiotic and/or ketoconazole to address yeast might be prescribed along with a steroid or oclacitinib. Skin scrapings of the paw skin may be performed as well in case the mange mite Demodex is also present in Rusty's paw skin. In such chronic cases such as Rusty, allergy testing might be recommended. Once it's determined what Rusty is allergic to - if anything - sublingual desensitizing therapy or desensitizing injections ("allergy shots") would be given to Rusty. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.