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Q: Foot Chewer

October 10, 2010 | By Dell M. | 4 answers | Expired: 1490 days ago

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Dell M.

I have an Applehead Chihuahua and he is always chewing and biting at his own paws. Sometimes to the point where they are raw. Is this just a terrible habit or an allergy or what? Can it be fixed/stopped?

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Oct 21, 2010

Time for a vet visit.....

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Jillian
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Oct 11, 2010

mary said it pretty much to a T. if your dog has been chewing regularly, he could have also developed a yeast infection from it, b/c dog saliva naturally fights bacteria and a decrease in bacteria can lead to an increase in yeast. this will make his paws itchy and encourage more chewing. yeast is generally accompanied by a bad smell {though it may have to progress more for you to smell it}. try bathing his feet w/a tea tree oil dog shampoo every 3-4 days if they develop an odor {it should go away within 2 weeks of this}.

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daryl b.
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Oct 10, 2010

i agree with mary. if it is a seasonal alergy your vet can give her a shot to stop the itch. good luck

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Mary C.
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Oct 10, 2010

This could be both,usually it is started by an allergy and can develop into a habit. Flea bite dermititis,food allergies usually caused by a grain such as wheat, corn or soy,and enviromental allergies as well could all be a cause. A process of elimination is what you may have to do. You will probly need medicine from your vet to prevent infection and to rule out any other issues. Once you find the cause your dog will stop chewing his paws.

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