Dog chewing paws is a relatively new trend, starting just a few years ago. People are made to put them on social media and live by them!
They are typically worn like flip-flops, with the upper portion of the foot being attached and then allowed to be removed. These shoes allow you to move your feet freely, which is key when tricking.
By removing the feet, you can also trick your dog into going for the food! This is what started this trend and how it came about.
The reason people are doing this in the first place is because of the cutting, shaping, and risk-taking with dogs that eat pills or food.
Hold your dog still
When your dog is chewing on something other than his or her chew toy, hold the dog still.
If your dog is chewing on a piece of clothing, don’t run around the house or play with him or her. Instead, make a point of keeping the clothes away from both you and your dog.
It can be difficult to stay Stay Calm when trying these measures, though. Some dogs may enjoy putting things in their mouths while they are idle or held in their hands, and that’s a valid style of play.
But often times the most energy a dog gets is from playing with toys that are not worn out or that they usually get to quickly. Keeping toys played with and saved takes up enough time that it doesn’t need to be stressed out into maintaining calmness.
Use a paper towel to stop the bleeding
Stop the bleeding by wrapping the wound in a paper towel and placing on a plate or countertop. You can also use one of those clear bandages found at most pharmacies to do the same.
If your dog has a larger wound, you may need to apply an antiseptic such as toilet bowl cleaner or soap before covering with a towel. If the injury is deeper, you may need to use another product such as petroleum jelly.
Surgeon-leader Dr. Becker recommends using surgeon’s leather around wounds to lock in moisture and prevent water from escaping. Surgeon’s leather can be ordered online or at some vet offices, but make sure it is genuine!
Wound salves are often helpful that contain herbs and other compounds that reduce pain and heal faster.
Apply pressure with a cloth or paper towel
When your dog chews up a towel, keep an extra one nearby to apply pressure with.
If your dog is a lap dog, try placing the extra cloth or paper towel beside him to also help preventredrag. If your dog is a chew toy type dog, play with him with the extra cloth or toy nearby to keep him occupied.
If you have a small dog, try putting an extra cloth or paper towel underneath the band of the dogs feet to help prevent redness and damage. If you have a bigger dog, put an additional sheet of newspaper beneath him to protect you and others from his burns.
Keep an eye out for any signs of burn injury such as bleeding, pain, swelling, or mobility changes that may mean death is coming.
Hold your dog down if they are trying to move away
When your dog tries to run away, they may try to hide by trying to hold onto something with their paws. If they are trying to climb up a furniture or bed, then this is a good sign.
If your dog is already house trained, then this is not a problem. If not, then you can try this quick trick: Put warm water at the bottom of the toilet and let your dog drink the water before you take out the bowl.
Then, put some newspaper in the toilet to prevent bugs and wildlife such as mice or insects. If you want more information on these issues, check out local animal shelters or online websites that discuss home training.
Call your vet if the paw is damaged
If your dog’s paw is chewing on its paw, it is important to pay attention. This can be a normal behavior of the dog, or it may be a sign of more damage.
A normal behavior of dogs is to scratch at things. This can be a playful way to play or it can be a way to express pain.
Some dogs are more prone to pain, so getting a pain check may be necessary. Or if the paw looks injured, then chances are there is something wrong with it.
If you notice your dog has been walking with only one leg or no foot appears, then they may have lost the other foot. This is very rare, however, because feet are costly parts of bodies.
Painful conditions such as arthritis or wear and tear can result in loss of a foot and national Geographic named this condition kinked leg syndrome (KLS).