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For the life of me I can't remember what this is a sign of. Butch has been biting at his feet, like they itch. For some reason I remember - could be wrong - that this is specific. Related to what they've eaten or an airborne allergy or something.

Does anyone know what I'm thinking of? Anyone with a crystal ball or anything??

Food - Nutro Ultra. He's strictly indoors, but goes out to potty, then right back inside. We've not sprayed the yard with chemicals or fertilizer or anything, so I don't think that's it. Should I try bottled water? Maybe being so small the chemicals in the city water bother him?

Man, I know I heard something about itchy feet.....
 

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You're right, it could be allergies/sensitivities to food or environment...could be due to things such as aftershaves, lotions, laundry detergent, etc. Just normal household things...or dust...or even grass itself...and there's lots more that I can't think of right now.

It certainly wouldn't hurt anything to change the water and see if that helps. And if you decide to change foods, something simple with few ingredients would be good, such as California Natural.
 

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itchy feet is usually food or something they walk on alot, if your carpeting has wool fibers LOTS of dogs are alergic to wool, sisal is also another common allergen in dogs so a sisal rug wouldnt be very helpfull either.

if its a food allergy it could be ANYTHING.
one woman comes into our store with a frenchie, its allergic to chicken, beef, lamb, venecin and duck, corn, rice, wheat, carrots, apples, potatoe...and more...i suggested a raw diet for him and her holistic vet agreed, hes been on it for a month now (i met her before the shop opend) and the dogs doing great.
my point being it could be any ingredient in your food. try bottled water, if that doesnt help try switching to calafornia natural dry food, if that doesnt help it might be worth having an alergy pannel done.

id try rubbing a little peppermint oil into his feet, (bag balm or paw rub are good too) to help sooth the itching too!
 

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Mylo too does this very often, proper chews his feet like they are itching. wonder what he could be allergic too???
 

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Yoshi also chews her feet, but not because they are itchy, she just likes to ^_^ She'll be scratching her ear, and then stop when she notices her foot .... then she gives it this longing look ... and then goes right in on it, lol, it's so funny ^_^ She gets this blissful look as she nibbles on them :p She doesn't bite them hard, it looks more like a soothing thing to her. Since we're talking about biting feet, I had to share that.
 

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Trixie does this too, but I always thought it is her way of cleaning her feet. She desn't pull the hair out or bite them hard. This topic was talkedabout a few months ago and most of the people thought it was just their chi grooming themselves.
 

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He doesn't 'eat' them, but does chew, and I'm pretty sure it's some kind of allergy.

Can't be carpet - we only have that in the girl's upstairs bedrooms and they never leave the first floor. Can't be grass - we have gorgeous red Tennessee clay (yuck) and leaves at this point!! I'll try the water first since it's the easiest.

If that doesn't work I'll try the California Natural. I just hate to have to switch food again. We just switched from Innova Evo to Nutro Ultra about 2 months ago. And I'm close to that free bag of food too. Dirn.....

Foxy - thanks for the peppermint oil, I'll give that a try too. And that poor woman with the dog allergic to the earth!! Geez!! I hope hope hope that isn't his problem. Poor little fella.

The breeder I got them from said she had him on a high quality food (Ol Roy High Protein!!??) and it's the only thing he could eat. Something to go with throwing up from other 'high quality' foods. I'm guessing the other foods were roach intestines and pig heads if she thinks that's high quality, but do you think switching through 3 foods in 2 months could be it? He hasn't had tummy problems so I didn't think it would have anything to do with it....
 

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doesnt sound like its a switching issue..., do the water first and see what happens, the nice thing with cal nat is there literally 2 ingredients in it (Depending on the flavour) and i think if you contact the calafornia natural site they might have samples but im not certain)

fingers crossed!
 
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