My Dog Bites Her Nails!
I have never seen a dog that bites her own nails until we got Callie. I did some research to find out why she was biting her nails. Seems it could be several reasons. We know that dogs naturally lick and groom themselves. They may even chew on their nails as part of the grooming process. However if they are constantly biting at their nails this may be a problem. I would suggest to take your pooch to the vet office to see if there is something else going on like a possible allergy, nail infection or to see if she is due for a nail trim.
My Dog Bites Her Nail, Is This Normal?
Time For A Trim
It’s important to keep your dogs nails trimmed to the proper length. Failure to do this can cause a lot of problems for your pooch. When a dog’s nails get too long they often curve and can get stuck in blankets or other things and pull off, this is very painful for your dog. When you see your dog biting her nails she may be attempting to groom herself. The safest way to have your dogs nails trimmed is by a trained veterinarian or groomer. They can also instruct you to be able to do it at home yourself. Be extra careful not to cut into the quick.
Always examine your dogs nails to see if they are red or swollen or if your dog pulls back when you touch her paw lightly. These could all be signs of an infection. An open sore can lead to infection and make your dogs nail area itch. If your dog bites her nails it could be due to a fungal infection in the nail bed. If you suspect any of these conditions she will need to see the vet to get an antibiotic treatment
Chewing on paws may be a symptom of allergies in dogs. There are possible allergies everywhere, pollen, grass, food or other allergens outside can make her itchy, paw chewing could definitely be a symptom. The vet can determine what type of allergen is causing the itchiness.
Nervous or lack of Activity
Bad nerves cause some people to bite their fingernails, some dogs bite their nails for the same reason. Dogs may resort to chewing on their nails due to stress, separation anxiety, storms whatever gets your dogs anxiety provoked. Not having enough activity, being bored may be another reason your dog chews her nails. Help your dog cope with being bored or anxious by leaving hide a treat dog toys.