Vet Minute: Why Do Dogs Chew Their Legs
Last updated: February 25, 2020
Why do dogs chew on 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 chewing or gnawing on their legs.
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Video TranscriptHow do I stop my dog from chewing on his leg? Hi, I'm Dr. Marty Greer, Director of Veterinary Services at Revival Animal Health. Dogs chewing on their feet and legs is often a sign of allergies. In puppies, it may be a sign of skin mites. 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, Apoquel or Atopica. If you don't put an end to this habit, 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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