If you use a retractable dog leash you may want to hear what the Integrative Veterinary Care journal has to say. Constant paw licking can be a sign of injury that your dog is receiving from their retractable dog leash. How is this possible? The IVC explains:
“…the spring of the leash develops a continuous pull that generates a degree of stress in the cervical region. In addition, when a dog gets to the end of the retractable leash, the sudden stop and jerk causes additional force.”
The sudden stop caused by the additional force of the retractable leashes causes inflammation on cervical region of the dog.
“The dogs that licked their forearms had muscle spasms and inflammation in the inter-scapular region. Those that were licking their hind feet often had signs of injury in the lumbar spine – the origin of nerves supplying the hind feet.”
IVC offers an easy solution to this problem:
1. Use a standard leash, no flexi or retractable leashes.
2. Use a harness or a halter if your dog pulls.
3. Never attach a leash to a collar.
This has been helpful for dogs with unexplained paw licking and is an easy remedy to a worrying issue.