Obsessively Chewing at the Paws
When a dog chews at his paws, he may focus on just one, both, the pads or just around the nail beds. While the issues discussed previously are the most common reasons why a Chihuahua will chew at himself, and often focus on the paws or tail, there are other less common but possible reasons.
There are many reasons why a dog’s paws may become dry such as the surfaces that he walks on, slight dehydration and irritants that come into contact with them. A minor case can quickly spiral out of control if the dog licks or chews at the paws, which can then make things worse and lead to peeling or cracking. Using an effective, quality paw wax to heal and then protect the paws is an important step to resolving this.
For issues in which the Chihuahua is only chewing at his nails, this may be a matter of an ingrown nail, which can happen if the nails are not trimmed often enough. In rare cases, a poor diet can cause malnutrition issues, which can affect the entire body, but also present as dry, brittle nails which may be causing discomfort.
Other issues: Boredom, stress or habit.
These are all issues that we will discuss next, since they are also top reasons why a dog may also chew at non-toy objects.