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Hello everyone! We took our puppy (6months) swimming in lake Mead this last Sunday. We dried her as well as we could but didn't have clean water on hand to bathe her until about 5 hours later. Now she has a case of biting her paws and legs like crazy! Has anybody experienced this before? And if so what could be some of the issues involved? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Could be allergies? Not sure if it is related to the lake water--I really don't know but would consider taking her to a vet!

Thank you for the reply, I appreciate it! We are definitely taking her tomorrow after work to get her checked up. Hoping it's something simple and not a parasite that got under her skin or something. Allergies seems pretty common to come accross from what I've seen, so that just may be it! 

When Luna was about a year old she started her ragweed allergies and even then the vet said it was a bit too young for allergies.  I don't think it's too young but I'm no vet ;)

Could just be irritation or some kind of fungal infection from wet paws.  Hopefully they get it figured out!

It's rare to see actual allergies in a puppy, because it takes time and/or prior exposure for an immune response to develop. 

Yeah that's what the vet said.  I guess at that point Luna had been exposed to her 2nd ragweed season so it was enough.  They did progressively get worse over the next few years too.

They always do. :(

But yeah, they can show up during the second exposure. Ragweed season here is two months long, August through October, so a pup born in let's say September would have been exposed twice before her 1st birthday.
At 6 months though, it's very unlikely that she would have had two exposures to anything. 

Let us know what the vet says. 

Freddie was biting her paws like crazy starting at 3 months! I did some research and based on Karen's posts about allergies, I suspected storage mites.  So we stopped buying large bags of food, washed out the storage containers between small bags and her dish every day and the biting has mostly stopped.  She still bites her feet when she's snuggling us, maybe a comfort thing?  Anyway, I thought 3 months was early for allergies, but that was our experience!  Thanks Karen!

Glad to help. :)

Hi realize I’m a little late to this post but thought I’d reply anyway. Doodles get toe knots. Like overnight. They will bite and bite at their paws cause it drives them mad. If they get wet, swimming, bathing or even just walking through wet grass these little knots appear like magic. I am a dog groomer with 2 labradoodles and the dogs are groomed all the time and they still get toe knots! Push the hair up through their toes from underneath their paws and you’ll no doubt find them. Very hard to spot and find by just running a comb through their legs/paws. They hate it when you try and comb them cause it hurts so best way is to separate the knot and cut off with thinning scissors then pull through gently with steel comb. But once they have been to the groomers just make sure you thoroughly comb them each day and especially if they’ve been wet to keep them at bay. Hope this helps your lovely dog.
That’s really helpful thank you

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