Post # 1
Hi. I have a 2 year old red heeler and she has been licking like crazy the past few days. When I got home today, there was a red spot on her tail that was completely bare like she had licked it all off. It was red, but not swollen.
We gave her a bath about a week ago (which was long overdue) and used the same shampoo and bathtub that we usually do. We haven’t changed her food, her bed, everything is all the same. The only thing I did differently today was leave the heat on when I left for work.
Is it normal for dogs to lick a lot during the change of seasons? What could be making her lick so much? She doesn’t have allergies, we have already spoken to the vet about that because of a previous incident. Just looking for any advice or previous expereince that you might have. Thanks so much for your help!
Post # 3
Check with your vet again. Sounds like a hotspot. Could be seasonal allergy, parasite (flea,tick, mite) related, maybe she got a sticker or thorn, also sometimes dogs lick like crazy out of bordem. Your vet will do simple tests to help figure out the problem.
Post # 4
My dog did this, he licked and bit away the hair and the base of his tail and it looked really sore, it turned out he had infected anal glands and the irritation from that and the fact he couldn’t reach that area made him bite and lick his tail raw poor thing. We took him to the vets and they gave him antibiotics and sqeezed the glands, and now my step dad has the pleasure of squeezing them every once in a while to make sure they don’t get blocked again lol.
What does your pups anal passage look like is it red and sore?
Post # 5
@MissCT: my dog suddenly got itchy in August out of nowhere. About a month ago, I started putting a drizzle of olive oil- maybe 1/2 to 1 tsp on his food and voila- no more scratching. It was a pretty immediate change- within a day or so. Nothing else has worked that well. I tried Benadryl, changing his food etc.
As for the hotspot, my Loki gave himself one on his neck. The vet gave us a magic antibiotic spray & a cone. It was cleared up in about 3-4 days and has not returned. Get this spray! Loki had a cut on his foot- 2 days later it was totally healed.
Post # 6
@MissCT: if he’s licked that much he needs to go to a vet. the vet can also work with you to determine the cause. my baby girl had seasonal allergies (like to pollen!) which caused her to scratch until she had hot spots. they went away when she got older!
Post # 7
@mamadingdong: I will try to olive oil and then if that doesn’t work then I will bring her to the vet. I think her skin is dry because of the bath and the cold dry weather we have been having. Do you put the oil on once a meal or once a day? Thanks so much for your help!
Post # 8
check with your vet. It can be skin infections that need to be taken care of.
I had many dogs but never had dogs that licked severly to the point that hair fell off..
You can give some benedryl for helping him licking.. check google to see what mg you can give him.. and it has to be non-alcohol ones.
Post # 9
@MissCT: I only feed my boy once a day… I’d probably start w once a day & add a second if necessary. He seriously went from 10+ scratch freak outs a day to zero. Hope it helps!