The letter from the lady with a poodle who licks his feet has probably not considered that the grooming of the poodle's feet can be the cause of the licking. Yes, he probably has allergies, too; but if she will have the groomer stop shaving his feet (especially if the groomer is using a surgical blade) the problem may be resolved.I also have a 7-year-old poodle with this problem. It got so bad that Rusty would lick his feet raw. I would have to put medicine and a baby sock on his foot. It would eventually get better, but when I took him back to the groomer the problem started all over again. I finally had the groomer stop shaving between Rusty's toes, and he subsequently stopped licking the bottom of his feet.Please write something in your column about this, as your answer to this lady didn't consider grooming as a source of irritation to her poodle.
R.M.S., Houston, TX Aug 08, 2004
Thanks for the insight. I hope that all poodle owners and people with other breeds that are regularly shaved around the toes -- and all groomers, too -- will take note.
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