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Dog chewing feet.

Species: Dog
Breed: irishwolfhound/lab m
Age: 5-8 years
I was told that if your irishwolfhound chew his back paws this means a heart problem. Baer has never done this before, but I've noticed him doing if lately. Do I need to worry.




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Dogs do not chew their paws because of a heart problem. I'm not sure where you heard this but there is no known medical connection between heart conditions and chewing the feet!

The most common reason for a dog to chew at his feet is because of allergies.

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