Q: Is it normal for a dog to bite or chew on their nails?

June 17, 2009 | By Carrie C. | 6 answers | Expired: 2418 days ago

Is it normal for a dog to bite or chew on their nails?

My 2 yr old Pitbull lays on the couch and bites/chews on her nails. I caught her chewing on her dew claw last week and thought it must have been bothering her but she is chewing on all of her nails on her back foot tonight. Her nails are trimmed and her feet are in good shape. She has plenty of chew toys avaliable and just finished playing with her toys and chewing on her bone. It sounds like shes chewing on one of her Nylabones but its her nails shes chewing. Does anyone know why she does this? Is this normal?

Readers' Answers (6)

Jun 17, 2009

as a groomer I see alot of dogs that do this, it is very common and harmless, it makes my job easier because thats less nails I have to cut, and dogs know when to stop their nails never bleed from being chewed to far down,

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Stephanie  C.

Jun 17, 2009

Most dogs wil chew their nails/feet from time to time. It sounds like your dog may have other issues. Plenty of toys and chewies is important.

You might want to rule out allergies. Some dogs can be allergic to the dew on the grass in the mornings and evenings as well as whatever may be blooming at the moment.
Have you recently treated your yard for anything? How about your carpet? Do her toes look red, or irritated?

Have your dog potty on pavement or a show mat for several weeks. Don't let her potty in wet grass and see if something changes. Then you will know if it is the dew. Then try not on grass at all - it may be that. Also, ask your vet if you see her feet are irritated, or the licking/biting gets worse.

If you see no problems, and she isn't hurting herself, it may just be an individual idiosyncracy.

Good luck!

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Lisa B.

Jun 17, 2009

Try putting flea powder between her toes. It could be fleas. You can clip her claws and remove the dew claw and see if that makes a difference. Keep watching because the constant chewing on the hair or claws can damage the front teeth and wear them down eventually.

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