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Why does my 65 pound dog chew on her toe nails?

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Why does my 65 pound dog chew on her toe nails?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 1 year ago.

Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I understand that you are concerned about your pup chewing on her nails.

I have some questions for you to further understand what is going on with her.

  1. Do her nails look normal or are they dry, splitting, and cracking and blunted? Or do her nails seem especially soft?
  2. Does she lose her nails periodically?
  3. Does she chew one particular foot or all 4 feet equally?
  4. Does she also lick and chew her feet? If yes are her feet red, raw and swollen?
  5. Are there blisters on her feet?
  6. Is she losing hair on her feet?
  7. Is she licking and chewing any where else?
  8. Is she limping?
  9. Has she seen her veterinarian for this and if so what tests or treatments were tried? Did they help?

Thanks for your patience with my questions, the answers will help me guide you.