How to Stop Your Dogs from Biting His Nails or Skin
12 December, 2017

Dogs bite themselves or their nails occasionally to pull something out that could be lodged in between his nails or even a broken nail.  But when your dog continues to bite his nails or anywhere on his skin or legs, there is an issue that needs to be addressed.  In most cases, you will want to see your veterinarian, but there are some ways to check and stop your dog from biting his nails or skin.

Fleas or even a tick

Sometimes you don’t even see a flea on your dogs’ fur, but you do see your dog chewing, licking and scratching to the point of hair loss and bleeding. As always, your veterinarian can give you a recommendation, but there are some home remedies you can try as well.  Make sure to groom your dog daily with a flea comb and dip it into soapy water in between strokes and through your dog’s fur. Putting a few drops of eucalyptus oil in your dog’s shampoo when washing her can help repel fleas. Adding brewer’s yeast and garlic to a dog’s food has been known to discourage fleas and ticks!  Other home remedies to try!

Allergies can make your dog bite or nip

If an allergy is the suspected cause of your dog chewing herself, there are a few different ways you can help alleviate the discomfort and effectively stop the chewing. Many times an allergy is a reaction to the dog’s diet or to something introduced otherwise. Assorted dog foods on the market are formulated for dogs with allergies, so switching your dog’s food may do the trick.  You can even try changing her bedding and laundering it with vinegar and an allergen-free detergent, bathing her with a colloidal oatmeal shampoo to soothe her skin, and supplementing her diet with Omega 3 fatty acids.

Your dog might just be bored

If your dog is bored, she might resort to biting on her nails or other areas of her body just out of needing something to do. Making sure your dog is mentally stimulated to keep her busy enough to stop her chewing habit. Having plenty of toys available, particularly chew toys to discourage chewing by encouraging a positive alternate activity. Take her along with you when possible, too, either for a walk or in the car.  Make sure to provide your dog with plenty of exercise to make him too tired to chew or bite anything.

Dry skin can cause biting

Your dog may be biting himself in an attempt to relieve the itchiness of dry skin, which could be caused by a number of things, such as dry, cold weather or a lack of fatty acids. You may be able to spot flakes of dandruff and cracked, tough skin.  There are different sprays and topical therapies to help dry skin.  Even bathing in an oatmeal bath or adding a lubricant to your dog’s daily grooming can help.

Separation anxiety can also cause nail and skin biting

Separation anxiety is a possible cause for self-mutilating chewing in dogs. It is a serious problem, but if you recognize it and take steps to deal with it, your dog will lead a happy life without resorting to chewing for relief of anxiety. You can also vary your routine by leaving your house by a different exit every day; going quietly, not making a production of leaving; feeding your dog before you leave in the morning.  Sometimes even adopted a second pet, dog, cat or even hamster can keep your dog from feeling lonely and self-destructive.

Other articles of interest:

Why Is Your Dog Licking His Paws 

Apple Cider Vinegar for Your Dog’s Ailments


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