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Feet Pulling

For about a month now, Bella has been pulling the fur on top of her front feet. She doesn't chew her feet and the hair isn't missing but she pulls so hard it wakes us up at night.

Does anyone know if this is a symptom of something or just a habit? My father, who lives with us, is under hospice care so there is a measure of stress in the house because of it. Could she be feeling that? Thanks for any help. nancy
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Bailey does it. I thought it might have something to do with blowing coat because he never did it before.

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Pixie does this too sometimes. She will lick her feet for a minute, then chew the hair, making gross cords that I have to comb out. Bleck. I think it's just there, so they do it.

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Dexter cleans his feet like that....but, not all the time. Wondering if there is a mat on your pup's foot? Try a comb on the foot. Your pup might be trying to get something out of his foot. Is he scratching a lot everywhere else?



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OMG. Henry has been doing this for a good month now as well - weird.
I always think he's found something and is chewing-playing and then it is just his paws.
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I always thought that was a sign of allergies. A vet once told me a long time ago that if they can't get to where the itch is they will chew, lick, bite on their feet. Vinny will sometimes lick his pads and now I just say "no lickin" and he stops immediately, lol. Maybe it's just a nervous habit??
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Murphy will do this also. He doesn't do it often but every once in a while I will notice it. His paw gets disgusting looking as it gets all wet. I am going to take special note next time to see if there is something going on that could be causing it like stress.

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We've had a dog with severe allergies and was on lots of medication for it but this doesn't look like allergies. I was wondering if it's a Havanese thing. It's so loud when she pulls her foot and drops it.

Sometimes I try to "comfort" her when I can catch her doing it and I'll stroke her ears and the top of her head--like her mom would have done. I also try to play with her so she's not bored. She isn't getting as much attention since hospice has gotten involved in our lives but she sure is seeing lots more people! And she loves people!
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As mentioned previously it can be a sign of allergies. Does the chewing happen throughout the day or just a minute in the evening?

I finally confirmed Bogart is allergic to beef. I suspected it last time I gave him beef.

I was feeding him chicken for a few weeks then switched to beef. Within a few days I noticed Bogart was chewing the fur on his feet and licking his paws quite a bit throughout the whole day. After a week of this I moved to lamb. Within 2 days he's stopped licking.

I think I can safely give him beef one day, then lamb for 3 or 4 days, then beef again for a day without any reaction to it. But anything more than a few days he starts licking.

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As mentioned previously it can be a sign of allergies. Does the chewing happen throughout the day or just a minute in the evening?

I finally confirmed Bogart is allergic to beef. I suspected it last time I gave him beef.

I was feeding him chicken for a few weeks then switched to beef. Within a few days I noticed Bogart was chewing the fur on his feet and licking his paws quite a bit throughout the whole day. After a week of this I moved to lamb. Within 2 days he's stopped licking.

I think I can safely give him beef one day, then lamb for 3 or 4 days, then beef again for a day without any reaction to it. But anything more than a few days he starts licking.
She pulls her feet when she's alone in her bed or at night when we're asleep. Her feet aren't red or worn and surprisingly, she doesn't have fur in her teeth! She doesn't have a matt because I brush her a few times a week and she has shorter hair.

Both our Havs are doing better on the Natural Balance regular diet. They couldn't handle the EVO or Innova. I liked it because I didn't have to feed them so much (they aren't big eaters). But the Natural Balance regular and the duck blend has been great all around. And I don't have to worry about adding water.
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