Many owners witness in their dogs this typical behaviour and ask if they should concern about that. In some situations, the dogs can chew one or both of the paws gentle, while some canines will go so far as to suck on the toes and can disconcert any owner of the cat.

Do you need to be concerned?

The brief reply is yes. In particular, if this behavior happens unexpectedly, lasts for a long time or is followed by redness, swelling, scent, bleeding, limping or any other potential symptoms of suffering and infection, you must always check with your veterinarian.

Though this is sometimes done by most dogs, some are inclined to lick or to chew over their paws. In such cases, the paw (especially light dogs), which are the product of chronic contact with porphyrin pigments found in the saliva, frequently look a stained pink or rusty colour.

When your dog has an extreme, prolonged or regular chewing or scratching of his paws, you need to be worried. Use your judgement, more probably, whether it seems that your dog is in discomfort or uncomfortable. Set an appointment with the veterinarian immediately to have it examined. Continue to learn about symptoms and common causes of this behaviour.

Chronic Licking And Chewing Possible Causes

There are many explanations why the dog unexpectedly licks their paw or knocks on them, including puncture injuries to the toes and paw pads, broken claws or toes, burns, corns (especially common in greyhounds) and foreign parasite between the toes such as ticks, grass awns and burrs.

This action can also be engaged in by canines because of other more severe causes, such as interdigital cysts, tumors and other cancer, inflammatory skin conditions and nail beds or paw pad autoimmune disorders.

The most common cause for canines to lick and chew their paws on a chronic basis is allergic skin disorder. Especially food allergies are usually the culprit, with yeast and bacterial secondary infections further aggravating the behaviour.

Many dogs who chew and rub their paws for a long time are still doing this, so it is healthy for them. In these circumstances, veterinarians seek an underlying non-competent disorder that originally may have caused the obsessive behavior. Initially, dogs with lick granulomas, injuries due to obsessive lickings of the paws, and lower limbs, can be chewed in the region due to an infection, plain itching, or an allergic reaction.

Whatever the cause, seek advice from a veterinarian when you find your dog laughing or chewing his pat, particularly because most of these cases can be handled early if a specialist addresses them.

Why do dogs bite their paws?

Dogs often bite their paws because they are in pain

Instead of the act of dogs or biting things, biting the owner’s hand when playing, sometimes the dogs bite their paw. One of the reasons for this behavior is pain. A cut from thorns, debris, or small stones trapped in the pads under the paw causes pain and discomfort.

The fact that they bite their paw in order to try to get those obstacles out of their paw. In addition, some bone and joint diseases are also painful for dogs. Make the dog change his psychology and behavior, including the dog biting his paw.

It’s natural for dogs to lick an injury. Saliva has antiseptic properties, and in more primitive times this would have reduced the chance of a wound getting infected. So if your dog suddenly starts licking or chewing their paw, check carefully for any injuries to the paw or claws.

Their skin is dry

When the dog’s skin is too dry, a rash may appear. The same can be said of dogs. The dog’s skin is dry, it feels itchy and uncomfortable, so he bites his paw. Winter weather will cause your dog’s skin to dry out.

Therefore, in the winter they need an adequate supply of fatty acids. This will help the skin to be more moisturized, and at the same time it can minimize the possibility of dry skin.

Dry, flaky skin causes an itchy sensation to appear. They will bite their paws more to ease the sensation. But licking and biting on the skin of the paw also does not make the itch much less. Because it will make the skin there itch more itchy, drier and will make the dog bite his paw more.

Dogs often bite or nibble their paw due to an allergic reaction

If they were humans, they would scratch, sometimes scratch to bleed. But in dogs, it only has teeth to bite and soothe the itch by biting its paws.

Causes of an allergic reaction include the following examples

Respiratory allergies: chemical smells, baths, perfumes

– Gastrointestinal allergy: ingestion of spoiled food, the expiration date Although this is rare, dogs may be allergic to certain ingredients in their food, but that is still possible in dogs.

– Skin allergies: due to contact with chemicals such as injections, vaccines

Dogs are also quite similar to humans, when the body has an allergic rash they will feel very uncomfortable. Your dog’s skin can also be allergic due to the fact that their habitat is not clean and has mold. That is one of the causes of an allergic condition in dog skin.

When they feel itchy and burning, they will more often bite their paws. This happens because the paw are the most likely to bite, and this happens often due to the raging itch.

Dogs bite their paw due to stress and sadness

Leg bites are not just caused by pain and allergies, but sometimes because they feel bored. And it becomes their habit. This is the result of depression in dogs. The cause of boredom may be due to the new puppy changing the living environment, the house has new members, not being cared for.

Dogs can also suffer from such an obsessive-compulsive disorder as it does in humans. Biting his own paws is one manifestation of this disorder. Rather, it is often rooted in fatigue and anxiety. Many people often nibble on their nails when stressed. Dogs can be like that too.

However, this habit is bad as it can cause infections or complications for dogs. Put a anti-lick collar on your dog’s neck or distract him from the stressful situation.


Dogs explore the world on their fours, so their paw are naturally the first place where many parasites settle. Fleas, ticks, lice and ticks can all irritate your dog’s skin and cause licking of the infected area.

Although the parasite can be mainly concentrated on one paw, licking or scratching many body parts is a common sign your dog is dealing with these pests.

Carefully examine your dog’s skin for pests and diseases, and seek your veterinarian’s instructions to help correct the problem. Many parasites reside in areas with grass or dense vegetation. So, clean your surroundings to avoid parasites that infect pets.

Hormone imbalance.

There are cases when the body secretes too much cortisol (Cushing’s syndrome) or lacks thyroid hormones, the dog is prone to red skin and hair loss. The fact that they lick their paw too much makes the skin more irritating, causing a secondary infection.

When a dog does not produce the necessary thyroid hormone in case of hypothyroidism (too little) and hyperthyroidism (too much), it can lead to thinning hair, loss and loss.

Dogs are more likely to lick skin contact resulting in granulomatous lick more common

The granulomatous disease can be large and appear as an open wound. While a dog’s instinct is to lick wounds and we know their saliva has antibacterial properties that can help with wound healing, there is a fine line between allowing them to keep wounds clean and real. making it worse.

When consulting with your vet, it is best to keep a lick seed tumor covered so it can heal.

Normally, when there is no hormone imbalance, licking stops.

Dogs feel bored and want to play

As we mentioned, dogs can lick their paws to make themselves feel better (dealing with anxiety, for example).

This will explain why a dog can lick their paws if they are bored! Boredom actually increases the levels of stress hormone, cortisol and foot licking lower that stress hormone.

Like humans, a dog’s bored experience is subjective. It will depend on their breed and their activity level. An intelligent dog (eg Pugg), will require more attention and brain stimulation.

Make sure you are meeting their daily exercise needs. Spend some time training and buy them some dog toys to play. If you have to leave your dog alone for a short time, give them space to roam indoors and leave a toy for them to play with.


As you can see, bathing your dog is not too difficult to do. Just because there are many small things you need to pay attention to before, during, and after bathing to ensure the health and comfort of your dog.

Don’t forget to reward your dog while using sweet gestures and words. Their steady mentality will help you get the job done quickly and efficiently.

As long as your dog shows any unusual behavior, you will need to bring it to the nearest reputable veterinary facility for inspection. Although often problems that arise after bathing are very rare, they are not. Your puppy’s safety is first.

Bathing your dog is a must to keep the coat clean, remove bacteria or reduce hair loss. However, you should have knowledge of how to bathe your dog, such as when to bathe your dog, when to and not to bathe your dog. Bathe your dog periodically to keep him healthy.

Wish you success in bathing your friends, making them more fragrant and clean!

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