Do you ever have to tell your pet to stop chewing on their paws? The chewing could be their way to relieve pain and discomfort.
- Get a wet washcloth and quickly soak each paw. If your animals don’t mind their paws being touched you can do a more thorough job. The water can soften anything that might have become embedded or dilute anything they might have stepped into that could be burning their pads.
- Examine the paws. You are looking for anything from a stray unpopped popcorn kernel that’s gotten wedged to broken glass. If you see blisters it’s time to call the vet for a visit and a topical treatment.
- Bug bites. Mosquitoes, ants, and spiders may have bitten the pads of your pet’s paws, maybe while he or she was playing with it.
- Long or ingrown nails
If your pet is an indoor cat, consider what chemicals you might have had around. If a cat (or dog) steps into something and it burns they will chew on the affected paw and could ingest some of the chemical. Outdoor cats have the opportunity for a greater number of foreign objects that can affected them.
I heard of one cat when after his owner checked his paws, found what looked like mosquito bites. An inside cat in Boston, except for lounging on the balcony, can get bug bites too.
If your pet is chewing on its paws, or anywhere, it is time to find out why. It is important to address the chewing quickly so bad habits aren’t formed.