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    Default Nail biting???

    Hi everyone....

    Just wondering if anybody else has had this issue, Gigha has just started chewing her nails. Its random, any foot, chewing, licking etc. I have checked her nails and her pads and between her toes. I cant see burrs, or ant bites or anything. If in her crate she doesnt appear to chew, only of an evening when we are all sitting around watching TV.

    Any ideas anyone?

    She will be 2 in February and eats Vets all Natural with beef mince and chicken mince plus bones.

    Thanks in advance...
    Kerrie

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    My Meika chews her nails/paws. She did stop doing it all the time when we got a second dog but still does it every now and then. I'm not too worried about it, a bit like humans who chew their nails, as long as it isn't doing any damage. If it is causing damage then maybe try that bitter tasting polish that is used for humans? I remember reading somewhere that that do it for 'attention seeking' ie. they chew their nails, you tell them to stop thus giving them attention

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    No she isn't hurting herself, there is no fur missing and the nails don't even look 'bitten' its just we don't want it to get out of hand and become a problem.

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    I can't stand it when Banjo does that. She pulls at her dew claw and it makes me cringe. She doesn't do it all the time though. I always think it's only when she gets a bit bored?

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    I think my dog does it because her paws get a bit itchy from the grass ie an antihistamine allergy tablet might fix it, as would keeping her off the grass. I can tell when she's been doing it - apart from when she wakes me up in the middle of the night having a bit of a chew - because her spit stains her between her paws pinky red coloured. Like the tear stains you see on SWF (small white fluffies) sometimes.

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    Well the mystery has been solved, she does have a burr that was obviously so small I couldnt see it. Now it is all swollen up and pussy - gross- she is not limping and appears to be in little if any, pain. Can i put human antiseptic cream on it under a bandage til we get to the vet or what about magnesium goop we put on ourselves to draw out burrs?

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    what are they being fed? dry or canned food will create many allergies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ava,s mummy View Post
    what are they being fed? dry or canned food will create many allergies.
    As stated in first post, Vets all Natural with beef and chicken mince.

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    'kerriek_99' - the problem with pups is that you have to be very careful what you use because they will lick it off.

    What I use as a wash is green or black tea - depends what is in the cupboard. Just make up a normal cup of tea, let it cool and use cotton balls as swabs to wash the area - using a clean cotton ball each swab of the wound.

    Gently dry and then leave it open. If you are able to gently squeeze out any of the infection (pus) as you are doing this so much the better. I would be looking to do this about every couple of hours - but you will see by the wound as to how often you need to bathe it.

    I would think that if you have got the burr out, pup shouldn't be fussing with the wound so much and so no need to put a bandage on it. It is much better if left uncovered.

    Tea is a natural anti-bacterial and if pup manages to lick any - no harm done. I also use this for 'gunky eyes'.

    Keep an eye on the wound and if you don't see any improvement - or it gets worse - take the pup straight to the vet.

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    This thread has a discussion on how to deal with infections.

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/dog-healt...first-aid.html

    There's no way the dog will lick off aloe vera or purple spray. And betadine or salt water is supposed to be good.

    And you might want to inspect the back yard for burrs and grass seeds or grass that goes to seed - to prevent repeat problems. Lucky for me (touch wood), my dog doesn't seem to get burrs or grass seeds burrowing in like some of the curly coat oodles and swf do.

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