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Why does my dog chew on his joints? He doesn't act like he's in pain and my vet didn't really have an answer.

Every now and then I see my Brittany chewing and licking his joints but I'll check him and he never acts like it hurts. I'm wondering if its just a weird habit or maybe its like restless leg syndrome for dogs? Anyone elses dogs do this?

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Dogs chew their joints for a number of reasons which are either physical or psychological. This usually stems from anxiety, nervousness as well as boredom.

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Ruth took my answer.
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lol. thanks. I'm thinking it might be from boredom he does it mostly on days when we haven't had much time to get in a lot of excerscise and its always at night.
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Dogs sometimes chew on their feet when they have heart worms. You might have him/her checked.

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I'll ask my vet if this could be related. thanks
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It could be an allergy, could be joint pain, or just a bad habit, like tail-chasing. You may try starting him on a glucosamine/chondroiton supplement. Meanwhile try a Bitter Apple spray to discourage the chewing, or a linament (typically a minty menthol-smelling gel) will loosen up sore joints.

I have two dogs on "Fresh Factor" which is an overall supplement for skin and joints. They love it, and it works wonders! My parents have 3 dogs on it too, with 2 being seniors. I also use the Joint and Hip supplement for my senior, because he has arthritis in his hips. He acts like a puppy!

http://www.springtimeinc.com/product/fresh-factors/dogs

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My dog did that he took her to the vet and they said she got into something an all .. Maybe you should take your dog into another vet and see what they think it is!?

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