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Poornima, Tinky chews on one single nail - just one. I took her to the vet too and he was pretty sure it is her "worry bead". You know how some people just like to fiddle something around between their fingers when they get worried or just use it as a nervous habit? He was pretty sure it was the same thing. Since we don't have any other symptoms, I think he's right. She doesn't chew on her other paws (which is the sign of allergies), and it is only one nail. I was afraid it was a fungus, but he showed me how to tell the difference and hers isn't that either. It's just a nibble thing.
You can spritz the area with white vinegar to deter her from chewing it. That helps Tinky for a while, but if I don't stay on it, she eventually goes back to it.