(Closed) Dog biting himself raw/bloody :(

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

Shepherding breeds are high energy, intelligent dogs and need a lot of stimulation, more than most people who work full time can provide in a day. When they don’t have a consistent outlet, these dogs often become neurotic and stimulate/soothe themselves with that kind of behavior. I think you really need to hire someone to take him for long walks or play with him for a few hours during the day while you’re at work.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

Just keep it clean.  I would also possibly buy one of those cones to put on him so that when you are not home he can’t get at it.

Poor pup.  He may have an allergy, or like you said it could be a hot spot, but he also could have a skin issue that is causing him to bite/lick at the spot.  Hopefully the vet can give you an answer.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

When you say lower back, do you mean around the base of the tail? Vet tech here. 9/10 times that’s fleas. They love hanging out around the tail and booty.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I wonder if he has some sort of allergy that is causing his biting?

As for wound care, it sounds to me like you are doing a good job with what you are already doing. In the past, I had a sweet chihuahua who bit her paw and licked off all of the fur so the skin was raw. My husband (who grew up in the country with lots of animals) suggested this type of spray that you can get at the feed store. He used to use it on his horses. It’s a purple spray that has an antiseptic in it. We sprayed her paw, then wrapped it with that stretchy self-sticking bandage. She didn’t quite like that. 🙂 The spray does stain, but did seem to help heal the wound a bit. Good luck!

 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Also, regardless of the cause, stop the bitter Apple, stop the antiseptic spray, stop trying to bandage it, and stop the liquid bandage. All of these things are doing more harm than good. Have him wear an e-collar, wash with soap and warm water, and apply Neosporin until the vet. That’s it.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Sulfodene is the only hot spot treatment that ever worked for me, better even than what I got from my vet.  I’ve bought it at drugstores and at Wal-Mart. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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OP, do NOT apply ‘hot spot’ spray or antiseptic spray or any kind of spray. I promise you, we have clients coming in with pets multiple times per week with wounds of irritation that they’ve made worse with ointments, sprays, and bandaging. Again: e-collar, soap and water, Neosporin. NOTHING ELSE. 

Is he on flea prevention? If so, what kind?

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

My first thought was fleas as well. E-collar should at least stop the biting.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

Poor thing. It does sound like a hot spot. Glad you are able to take the dog in on Monday. In the mean time, I agree with PP … it is probably a good idea to add a bunch of exercise. It’s amazing how many issues that will cure. The hot spot could be due to anxiety/boredom that is arising out of a lack of sufficent exercise/stimulation. Those collies need a LOT of exercise and mental stimulation. Like several hours of it, everyday. If something else is causing this, like an allergy or a tick or underlying pain or something, the vet should be able to figure that out and advise you regarding how to handle the trigger. They will also probably prescribe an antibiotic and maybe a steroid or antihistamine as well.

As far as cleaning it goes, you could dilute some Betadine (available at the pharmacy) in some water (dilute it until it looks like tea) and apply it gently with some gauze or something similar. You could also apply some aloe vera if you happen to have a plant. For now, I’d stay away from any topical medications or stuff like vinegar that would cause pain. 

Good luck. Sorry about your pup! 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I suggest you take him on a long walk or run and get him stimulated. Like others have said, shepherds will go crazy in a crate. Remember his job is supposed to be to herd animals all day, not hang out in a crate. If you can, put up gates instead to extend his space, ad give him toys like Kongs to give him something to do. 

Fleas normally hang out near the butt. Try buying a flea comb. They’re only a few dollars at any pet store. It takes a little practice but you can get a lot of bugs off this way. 

Hopefully the vet has a solution! I’m sorry your doggy isn’t feeling well. It is so frustrating to have a hurt furbaby since they can’t tell us what’s wrong. I really think it’s a boredom/flea combo! Good luck!!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

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mwby2017:  Thanks, but my large dog is 15 years old and remarkably healthy so we’re doing ok.  🙂

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