Fasb often gets a summer allergy - particularly in dry years. Basically, he chews his hind paws. Doesn't chew the hair off, but he does chew enough the stain the white fur (saliva discolors the fur, turns it a reddish/pinkish color). Our old vet never really wanted to do anything for it. He thought it was an allergic reaction to something in the grass (Fasb picked it up on his paws while walking through the grass). He said he could give Fasb a (steroidal) shot, but there could be side effects and he didn't think Fasb was bothered enough to be worth the risk. I'd like to spare Fasb the irritation, if possible. He hasn't started chewing yet, but i'd like to be prepared. He didn't have the problem last year, so we've never discussed it with our current vet. Does this sound familiar to anyone? What can I do to minimize it (aside from a shot, I guess). Thanks.