Things Owners Need to Know: Why Do Dogs Chew On Their Feet?


What some dog parents may not know is that dogs chewing and licking their feet is very common behavior.

If the chewing gets out of hand or if you notice your dog developing “hot spots” on their skin, bleeding, or loss of fur then you should bring your dog to the vet, immediately.


Your Dog Licks Their Paw

Licking feet can be a sign of anxiety, depression, stress, boredom, or canine compulsive disorder, which affects as much as 3% of dogs.


Chewing One Paw versus Chewing Several

If you notice that your dog is chewing just one paw, it could be a reaction to a physical problem such as an injury.


Types of Dog Allergies

If the behavior coincides with a change of seasons, this offers a clue that an environmental allergen, such as pollen, mold, or mildew, might be triggering them.


Diseases and Illnesses

There are numerous between-the-toes skin diseases that can cause a dog to chew at its feet.


Anxiety or Depression

Just like humans, dogs can get anxious and depressed too. However, it can be difficult to spot the symptoms of an anxious, stressed, or depressed pet.

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