Dogs do chew on themselves on occasion. There are many reasons why you might find your dog behaving in that manner. We will go over a few of them in the following blog post. The main reason that dogs chew is that they itch. Imagine yourself without hands trying to get to a flea that was biting you. The dogs mouth is its main tool for repairing its body and keeping it clean.
Excessive chewing on a dogs skin or fur may be caused by parasites. Fleas, ticks and other creepy crawlers will cause dogs to try to take care of them the old fashioned way. If your dog is biting and scratching a lot, take special care to check for these common parasites. Ticks tend to be found more in the spring and their numbers will not usually be so great that a dog will chew itself raw. Fleas on the other hand can cause a dog to chew and scratch like crazy in an effort to get rid of them.
Always pay attention to excessive chewing and apply the proper insect treatment for each chase. Remember that these parasites can carry disease to not only your pet but your immediate family. There are many good treatments for these type of problems, make sure you contact a vet before over applying any poisonous chemicals to your dog.
Dogs will sometimes chew on themselves to remove a foreign object from their fur. A stick or bur may be caught or even a piece of gum. Special attention should be maintained to monitor where your dog is chewing on itself incase the animal does need help. Sometimes sticks or sharp objects may be inserted into the skin and require minor surgical removal.
Paws are and area in which chewing will occur frequently. Bits of sand or splinters may get stuck between the pads of a dogs feet. Chewing and preening in these areas are an effort to make the feet free of any unwanted debris. Nails should be trimmed on the feet so dogs will not be tempted to chew on them. Like human feet, these special appendages allow your dog the mobility it needs. It is a great idea to pay attention to your dogs signals and check out any trouble spots they may need help with.