My maltese is licking and chewing on her feet constantly. I have tried changing her food numerous times, and have tried her on antihistamines, and nothing seems to help. She used to stop when I told her to "Leave it", but now seems driven and won't stop easily. Any suggestions?
Have you tried taking her off all food for 24 hours, and then feeding her a very bland diet of brown rice, cottage cheese, and an egg, with plain yoghurt in it? Have you had a skin scraping done for demodex? It could also be atopic dermatitis, so is there any thing in your house, like dust mites, strong cleaners, feathers etc? Depending where you live, it could be something as simple as grass, or leaves, or pesticides and herbicides in ditches.You can try putting zinc baby cream in between her toes and on the botom of her pads. You will have to wrap it with gauuze, which will be a nuisance, but you could get a collar from the vet. I hope you figure it out soon. It could also be from being bored, I don't know if that's a possibility in this case.
My maltese/toy poodle chews his feet a lot during this time of the year. We live in VA and the pollen count is really high right now.
Anyway, after he's been outside I wash his legs with an oatmeal shampoo to ease the itching. He is also on hydroxozine this time of the year, which is an allergy medicine for dogs. That really seems to help.
On the other hand, he does chew his dew claws when he's bored or right before bedtime. I distract him with a bone and usually stops.
One of my maltese / poodle licks his paws constantly. I know it is due to some allergies (grass and dead leaves), but it is also out of habit. I use the "itch stick" made by Petkins. It works wonders. Most Walmarts sell this product.
Maybe you are changing the food too many times without giving it a chance to work. It takes quite a while for a food change to have an effect. Also what types of food are you trying? If you are switching brands but they all generally have the same ingredients then that is pointless. I would definitely still try the food change route. In my opinion benadryl is worthless for dog allergies.
My little maltese female licked alot as she got older, but I think it was mostly stress. She could stress herself out so easily and if she got left alone she stressed. Generally I could tell her to stop and she would.