Why do dogs chew their legs and how can you make them stop? In this Vet Minute, Dr. Marty Greer, Revival’s Director of Veterinary Services, talks about dogs leg chewing.
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Why Does My Dog Chew on His Leg?
How do I stop my dog from chewing on his leg? A dog chewing on his feet and legs is often a sign of allergies. A puppy biting paws and legs, it may be a sign of skin mites. If your dog keeps chewing leg, the best way to stop your dog from doing this is to meet with your veterinarian to determine the cause. In addition, limiting exposure to known allergens or washing your dog’s feet before bedtime can reduce their discomfort. If this is insufficient to help your dog’s comfort, see your veterinarian and speak to them about corticosteroids, such as Apoquel for dogs.
If you don’t put an end to this habit of dog leg chewing, it can lead to bacterial or yeast infections of their skin. Mites can be diagnosed in puppies and adult dogs with a test called a skin scraping your veterinarian can perform. Successful treatment with miticides can be prescribed.
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Written by: Marty Greer, DVM
Director of Veterinary Services
Marty Greer, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, has 40+ years’ experience in veterinary medicine, with special interests in canine reproduction and pediatrics. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1981. She’s served as Revival’s Director of Veterinary Services since 2019. In 2023, Dr. Greer was named the Westminster Kennel Club Veterinarian of the Year.