Why Do Dogs Chew on Their Paws? - Pets

We’ve put together a list of the most common reasons dogs lick and chew their paws too much:
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Paw-licking and -chewing are common signs of disease in dogs. Many owners assume these behaviors are normal and fail to recognize the extent of the problem. Genetics play a role in many cases, but overbreeding is not a specific cause. Purebred and mixed-breed dogs can chew any combination of paws, but chewing both front feet is most common. The degree of itch and obsession with the feet can vary with time of year, weather, age, diet and other factors.
Dogs fed fresh meat based diets don't constantly lick and chew their paws.
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Some chemical products may be irritating to a dog's paw pads. These products may be various, ranging from carpet cleaners, garden sprays, fertilizers to floor cleaners. Once the paws are irritated, the dog will feel the urge to chew on them further aggravating the tissues and causing cracked paws. My dog is constantly chewing on her back paws. Please tell me what the name of the food you now feeding your dog? Thank you so much..
Photo provided by Flickrthanks for the info. She only chews on paws right after the dog park from running around everywhere. Any suggestion on what to do?
Photo provided by FlickrJust like some people bite their nails when they're nervous, Werber says some dogs may chew their paws as a nervous habit.
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Apple Cider Vinegar for dogs: holistically helps with everything from hotspots to dull coats, to chewing/licking paws, to cleaning ears ... and more!Have you ever noticed your dog chewing her nails or licking her paws? I bet you thought it was the same reason that some people bite their nails. Nail biting for people can be a bad habit or a self …Excessive Licking or Chewing Some dogs, if bored enough, may resort to over-grooming or chewing on their paws for something to do. This could also be a sign of an allergy, so be sure to talk to your vet too. Some dog’s may lick you over and over too.Dogs with white skin are horribly sensitive to everything and get secondary infections more easily too. Bulldogs have toe cysts. Great Danes chew one ankle. Jack Russells all lick their paws constantly. Westies almost all have skin problems. Bichons get red spots and sores all over. Black Labs usually lick just their front paws, and golden retrievers often get ear infections around the same time their paw licking starts. Plenty of owners observe this common behavior in their dogs and wonder if they should be concerned. In some cases, dogs will gently but insistently lick one or both paws, but other canines will go so far as to chew on their toes, which can be disconcerting for any pet owner.
A dog chewing paws can mean many things. It could be a sign of a medical or behavioral problem. If you aren't sure after viewing this checklist, consult your veterinarian for guidance.Is your dog biting, licking, chewing and sucking their paws? After a few days is their hair stained a rusty color and their paws wet, red, swollen and seemingly difficult to walk on? If so, your dog might be experiencing a condition called pododermatitis, inflammation of the feet or paws. Plenty of dog owners observe this common behavior and wonder if there's reason for concern. In some cases, pups will gently but insistently lick one or both paws, while other canines will go so far as to chew their toes. Vetstreet's Dr. Patty Khuly discusses the possible causes for the behavior.

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