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Chewing foot and...um....

I'm not sure it's a result of his teething, but Chester has started chewing on his foot/leg and on his...ahem...nether region lol. It's not a hard chewing, it seems like he kinda mouths both areas, not really biting down on them. I haven't noticed any ill effects to either area so I'm not worried at the moment, just wanted to see if anybody's havs do the same thing and if they knew why.

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Check those areas for mats and tangles. Do the nails need trimming?



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yeah look at it carefully like Linda said. How often does he do this. ?

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It can be allergies, stress or boredom too. Try to divert his attention and give him a flossie or something (not rawhide) to chew on.

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Another thing may be that the shampoo didn't get rinsed all the way out during his last bath. This happened once with my Nessie. I had to take her back to the groomer's for another bath and rinse. She was much happier.

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It's odd. He doesn't go at it for extended periods of time. If there's a quiet moment, he'll just mouth it for 15 seconds, then stop. And it'll happen like this throughout the day. My wife thinks his interest in the nether region is due to his lipstick. He's not neutered yet so maybe he's secreting something?

As far as I can tell there's no matting or rashes in the area. Another thing I thought it could be is salt residue from his walks.

I realize this could be a million different things but just wanted to see what others thought. Thanks!
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yeah, just keep an eye that it doesn't become obsessive. If it gets worrisome check with your vet. Keep us posted.

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Casper has done this for 2-3 yrs now. I thought allergies maybe, but I have noticed that he does it more right before he needs a bath . After a bath he does not chew on his feet.

I have also seen him chew on his foot if he had a mat on it also.
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It could be allergys its that season. My girl was chewing her foot and vet first thought it was a bad habit, but it turned out to be allergys. They do not lick all the time usually it is the bottom of a paw or males will turn the skin on their 'happy area' purple or black after licking this area many times a day for extended periods. So you really need to keep looking between the paw pads and at the pads to make for sure they are not turning color or getting a secondary infection.

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