• We recently adopted a four-year-old pug and have had him for about two weeks. Over the past two days, he has started licking the air and licking and biting at his paws. Can you tell me why he would be doing this?

    The licking and biting of his paws can be signs that his paws are itchy. The itchiness can be caused by allergies, fleas, food allergies, injury, or infection. If you notice any hair loss, bumps, redness, or injuries on his paws he needs to be seen by your veterinarian. The licking at the air can be a sign that he has a funny taste in his mouth or that there is something that is causing discomfort in his mouth or throat. If you notice any coughing, sneezing, gagging or difficulty breathing he needs to be seen by a veterinarian immediately.


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