How can I get my dog to stop chewing his paws until they bleed?

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sunnyflorida

Asked by sunnyflorida at 12:55 PM on Jul. 14, 2008 in Pets

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  • Honestly, I call the vet and ask. It could be a nervous habit or maybe they really itch. Does he have fleas? If not but you think that for whatever reason they still itch they do sell itch spray for animals at a lot of stores.
    momoflilangel

    Answer by momoflilangel at 12:56 PM on Jul. 14, 2008

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  • No, No fleas that I can see anyway. I will probably take him to the vet...thanks :)
    sunnyflorida

    Answer by sunnyflorida at 12:58 PM on Jul. 14, 2008

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  • He could have allergies to grasses or a number of things, be prepared to pay if it is allergies, they can be really expensive to diagnose and to treat.
    s.c.a.r.l.e.t.

    Answer by s.c.a.r.l.e.t. at 1:04 PM on Jul. 14, 2008

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  • I had a lab that did this. It's an allergy problem. Our vet said that chocolate labs are more prone to allergies than other labs. Lots of breeds have a tendancy to develop allergies. Tests can be done to find the specific allergen causing the problem. Is he on a new food? The vet told us to try a bath made to calm canine allergies. You can get these at the vet office. Allergies can get pretty bad. Our lab actually chewed a big chunk out of his paw pad.
    cpenn

    Answer by cpenn at 1:10 PM on Jul. 14, 2008

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  • have you checkd his paws thouroughly? washed them with clean water...is he stepping in something outside...maybe around your car....do you bathe him and rinse his feet well?....seems to me he is having a reaction to something.... are they webbed( Labs etc) does he have a cut...did you check the balls for cracks...if he has them he might be sensitive to something he is stepping into...did you shampoo your rugs lately?
    Teespot

    Answer by Teespot at 1:12 PM on Jul. 14, 2008

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  • It likely has nothing to do with stepping in anything or or him having fleas or not being clean. My bassett does this--he's half bassett and 1/2 bulldog and he will just chew on his feet constantly. He's white so it's very obvious b/c it has turned the fur on his paws all brown. He goes to the groomer for bathing every week and gets his nails trimmed, we give him revolution once a month and my husband and I are both allergic to fleas so he does not have them. And our yard is immaculate so he's not stepping in anything. We've just learned to accept it. The vet sometimes it's an allergy but in this case it's just a nervous habit some dogs have kind of like my husband biting his nails.. ick.
    georgeswife5014

    Answer by georgeswife5014 at 1:22 PM on Jul. 14, 2008

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  • It could be a nervous behavior or an allergy. My dad's dog has an allergy to the grass so her feet are always itchy. She used to pick the fur between the pads of her feet out to the point she'd bleed. She takes a dog allergy med now and she's ok.
    ReneeK3

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 2:06 PM on Jul. 14, 2008

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  • I don't have a dog but I have a cat. She was doing this and my friend went to the vet and asked her, she said it could be anything from food allergies to worms. She told me to try and switch her food to Hypo-Allergenic and see if it stops if not, than I would have to take her to the vet for worms treatment. I did change the food, and like magic, 3 weeks later she stopped. Now I get her only natural food since it doesn't have all those preservaties that caused the allergies in the first place. Is been 4 months and it hasn't come back. Hope it helps. :)
    Little_Maria

    Answer by Little_Maria at 2:29 PM on Jul. 14, 2008

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  • Most likely it is allergies. Is his underbelly pink/red? Is the skin btw the paws red too? We had a now dearly departed Great Dane who had major allergies. We had him tested, at great expense, and was allergic to people! We did shots, gave him lamb and rice dog food and then a drug called predisone. The drug made the biggest difference, but it ultimately shorted his life span. We decided to allow him a happier, slightly shorter life than one full of endless itching and scratching. I hope this helps.

    PS often dogs are allergic to beef, so I'd take him to the vet and try switching his food asap to a lamb and rice kind.
    Teachermom01

    Answer by Teachermom01 at 6:14 PM on Jul. 14, 2008

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  • have you clipped the hair between hi toes? if you have then you clipped too short - if you havent then its bothering him and it needs to be clipped -
    the hair should be even with the pads - not shorter or longer.
    vakatia

    Answer by vakatia at 6:58 PM on Jul. 14, 2008

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