A. It is possible that your collie may have a yeast infection or other skin infection between the toes caused by her chewing at the area. You may also see that the paws are wet or have a "corn chip" smell to them (indicating yeast). It is best to prevent her from chewing or licking her feet as this can introduce more bacteria into the area and make symptoms worse. An Elizabethan (cone) collar is best for this. If you see signs of infection, it is best to bring her into your vet, who may recommend antibiotics or antifungals to treat any underlying infections. An allergy medication may also be helpful to stop the original cause of her attempting to lick or chew at the spot. Some dogs may also get into a repetitive behavior of licking even when the infection is cleared up, so breaking the habit with the use of an Elizabethan collar to prevent the behavior may help stop the cycle.
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