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Dog eats toenails - Answered by Dr. Slome

Fletch's Mom
February 20th, 2006, 03:49 PM
OK, this has been going on for a while and I've just never asked anyone so thought I'd ask here. Didn't see any threads relating to this specifically. So, here goes:

When I trim my dog's toenails, she gets a real kick out of eating all the little pieces that have been lopped off. Yes, it's gross but it does make my clean up easier.

Does anyone know if there's any medical issue with her doing that?

February 20th, 2006, 05:57 PM
Nope. No problems with it. My old doggy used to do it. It does make the clean up easier. :D

February 21st, 2006, 03:04 PM
My brother's dog does this as well, so whenever I have to cut Hunter's nails, I do it around her so that she can clean them up for me ...;)

Fletch's Mom
February 22nd, 2006, 11:13 AM
Thanks for your responses. Our dogs do the strangest things. At least this one isn't detrimental to her health. Good to know! :thumbs up

February 27th, 2006, 03:20 PM
There is no medical condition associated and we see this quite frequently in our office. It is almost as though there is a strange fascination that they have. It is possible that there may be an inherent sense of preservation to hide all evidence of their being there as a form of self preservation from any potential predator.

Nails are really just a poorly digestable form of protein so it cannot harm them. I can give another example of this in the veterinary office situation: sometimes when cleaning a dogís smelly ear, there is a strange fascination for the dog to actually sniff and lick or even try and eat the cotton balls that have just recently been used to clean their ears in the first place.

Thatís my 2 cents worth.

Martin Slome DVM
Centre Street Animal Hospital
7700 Bathurst Street Units 40-42
Thornhill, Ont.
L4J 7Y3
Tel. (905) 771-9855

Sadie's Mom
March 1st, 2006, 12:22 PM
^^^Ew....hahaha. :yuck:

Sadie always tries to lick the rag when I wipe her eye discharge. ;)

March 1st, 2006, 05:11 PM
Yeah, Jemma tries to lick the ear guck we get out. I let her smell it because of that fascination, but I don't let her at it long enough to lick...

April 20th, 2006, 03:17 AM

my yorkie will eat my bigger dogs toe clippings, but the one being clipped doesnt seem to want to eat their own. my yorkie will fight them if she thinks they want their clippings...sounds like a toe fetchish to

March 12th, 2010, 09:48 PM
What about dogs chewing them off.. My poodle, Laci, Chews her toenails off and eats them. Is that at all normal? And of the more concerning, is it okay for her to, and if not how do I stop it... if there is a way..?

March 12th, 2010, 10:05 PM
Hi, DarkenedAngel! Welcome to the board! :D

Do you trim Laci's nails frequently? I wonder if they're too long and feeling uncomfortable for her, so she self trims? :o :shrug:

March 12th, 2010, 10:07 PM
She chews the whole nails off? Or just chews the tips?

March 12th, 2010, 10:49 PM
Buddy likes to nibble on his front nails when they're too long and mummy hasn't had the vet trim them in awhile (my bad), and he positively loves eating his eye goop when I wipe his eyes in the morning.

Dogs are so funny.

March 12th, 2010, 11:08 PM
Wow chewing them off sounds a bit drastic. My dogs have always eaten the trimmings--just as they always loved the horse hoof trimmings--never had an issue.

March 12th, 2010, 11:47 PM
I'm hoping DarkenedAngel comes back and says it's not the whole nail! :eek: Macie tends to chew on her nails if I let them get too long. It's one of my signals to get the trimmer in action again :D