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Why does my dog bite his nails?

asked 2017-01-21 20:53:55 -0500

My dog bites his nails all the time, I never have to trim them!! Isn't this super unsanitary? Should I do something?

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He is showing signs of an allergy OR he's got poorly groomed claws. They're itchy.

Stefanie C.'s profile image Stefanie C.  ( 2017-02-23 13:22:18 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2017-02-23 13:18:20 -0500

Your dog might have an allergy, similar to humans having hay fever. Biting their nails and paws is a sign of an inhaled allergy in dogs. Your vet might be able to diagnose it.

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answered 2017-02-23 13:24:20 -0500

I took my dog to the vet for this very reason and he told me allergies are just as bad for animals as it is for humans. He told me to give my dog a benadryl a day...And it definitely helped!

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answered 2017-02-23 13:20:25 -0500

I agree that it can be allergies. But there could also be another underlying issue, like anxiety. Or maybe they are long and get on his nerves? It's always best to talk to your vet about any concerns!

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answered 2017-02-23 13:19:34 -0500

It could be a food issue. I would talk to the vet about trying a different food.

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