Dog Biting Nails: Uncovering the Reasons and Finding Solutions

Hello there, loving pet parents! Let’s talk about something that many of us have noticed but aren’t quite sure what to make of—our dogs biting their nails. You might think, “Hey, maybe they’re just giving themselves a little paw-dicure.” But hold on a sec! It might be a sign of something more serious.

At Lane Veterinary in Hinsdale, IL, we’ve been dealing with cases like this for years. We understand that you want to keep your fur baby happy and healthy. That’s why it’s crucial to dig deeper and find out why your dog is biting their nails.

Please note: While we’re sharing some insights here, you should contact a qualified veterinarian to properly diagnose and treat any pet health concerns. Got questions? Please call us at (630) 320-6644 or book an appointment online. 

Why Do Dogs Bite Their Nails?

Before jumping to conclusions, let’s explore the possible reasons behind your dog’s nail-biting behavior.

Allergies or Skin Conditions

Dogs can have allergies just like humans. Allergens from food, pollen, or even laundry detergent can trigger itchy skin, leading them to bite their nails.

Anxiety or Stress

A change in your household, such as moving to a new home or introducing a new family member, can make your pup anxious. Nail biting can be a stress-relief mechanism for them.


The presence of parasites like ticks and fleas can make your dog’s skin itchy, encouraging them to bite their nails as an attempt to relieve the discomfort.

Signs It’s Time for a Vet Visit

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you notice any of the following signs, it’s high time to make a vet appointment: 

  • Excessive paw licking
  • Limping, or change in gait
  • Swollen paws

What Can Lane Veterinary Do for Your Fur Baby?

When you visit us at Lane Veterinary, you’re not just another appointment. Your pet is part of our family, and we give them the same attention we’d want for our own pets. We start by running a few diagnostic tests to rule out possible underlying conditions that could be causing the nail-biting. Our experienced vets will also consult with you, discussing the best course of action tailored specifically for your dog’s needs. 

Taking the Next Steps

So what should you do if you find your dog biting their nails? The first step is to rule out any serious underlying issues.

  • Book an Appointment: Don’t waste any time. Call us at (630) 320-6644 or book an appointment online as soon as you can.
  • Document the Behavior: Before coming in, try to document when the nail-biting occurs. This information can help us help your pet more effectively.
  • Follow Through: Once you’ve visited us, it’s crucial to follow through with any recommendations or treatment plans we provide.

As a pet owner, your primary concern is the well-being of your furry friend. That’s our focus, too. Make sure you’re regularly checking your dog’s paws for any signs of distress and don’t hesitate to reach out to us for any concerns.

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