(Closed) Dog biting himself raw/bloody :(

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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gatsbybride2016:  I’m going to be honest with you, people come in with itchy animals insisting they can’t possibly have fleas, and we usually find some in thirty seconds or so, and people flip out because they had no idea. Sounds bizarre but for your sake I’d actually hope it is fleas, because that is much easier to handle than allergies.

-Does your Fiance have Clippers for shaving his beard? If doggie is calm and tolerant, have one of you guys hold him, stroke him, feed him treats to distract him, etc. And the other shave the area. This will also speed up the healing process.

-Doggies almost always hate the cone at first. He will get over it. They’ll usually whip their heads around, run into things, etc. There just panicking because they’ve lost their peripheral vision. Lots of reassuring and calm petting will usually do the trick

-I crate my doggie as well-his crate should have enough room still for the cone..? If it definitely doesn’t, you can buy an alternative to the cone at Petco/Petsmart…its an inflatable collar, like they’re wearing a doughnut around their neck. Sometimes anxious dogs tolerate this better.

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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karen12:  I didn’t accuse your dog of not being “remarkably healthy” ??? I was giving OP professional advice and telling HER to not use “hot spot” treatments as 99% of the time the average person has no idea what a real hot spot is, and hot spot treatment on non-hot spot wounds makes things worse. Chill.

Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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gatsbybride2016:  oh, that’s actually a trustworthy product (as long as you’re using the topical ointment and not the spray) and I’m glad you use it year round.

Did you recently switch detergents and wash his bedding?

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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gatsbybride2016:  My dog has allergies and will do this.  The vet put her on Apoquel.  But, before she was on Apoquel, the vet had her on Benadryl, which helped a little bit.   Could it be allergies?

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Buzzing bee

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gatsbybride2016:  Wait a minute … you are crating from 7am to 5pm? And a it is a collie, to boot? Did I read that correctly? If that is the case, I think there is a VERY strong chance that the hotspot is anxiety/boredom resulting from lack of adequate exercise and stimilation. 

Post # 24
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Bumble bee

My first thought is that it’s related to the switch in food or fleas. My pup has a chicken and grain allergy and sometimes they can develop over time. We fed her chicken/lamb food for months before she started to show signs of an allergy and we could figure it out. When she does get into something she’s allergic to it will take a week or two to get out of her system and for the itching to stop. My advice is to transition to a poultry free food (REALLY hard to find on a budget) and see if that helps, of course after you completely rule out fleas…those little buggers are sneaky.

Other signs of an allergy outbreak for us are her lips, eyes, and belly turn pink. It’s easy to see for us becuase she’s got white fur but I think you could probably tell no matter what color fur.

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Post # 25
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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gatsbybride2016:  yeah, it’s tough because the cone is more comfortable (easier to lay the head down with) but the collar usually causes less freak outs. Haha, you know what your doggie will deal with best.

If he won’t let you shave it, that’s okay, they most likely will do that for you at the vet. I’d say make a bowl of very soapy water (something mild but antibacterial–Dial, Dawn, Softsoap, etc) and get a pile of gauze or cotton balls. Sit beside him and continuously dip the gauze/balls into the soapy water, gently wash the wound, then keep using new ones and no re-dipping. Gently Pat dry with more fresh gauze/cotton. Then apply a generous layer of the Neosporin. Possibly keep doggie busy and patient during this process by giving him a peanut butter Kong or rawhide?

Post # 26
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Give him a bath!!! We didn’t know our dog had fleas until we gave him a bath and were able to see them, they were the size of rice in his fur. He only had a few but enouth to eat his skin and fur off of a spot. GIVE BATH RIGHT AWAY, if it is fleas U will wash them away for the time being. But if it is fleas I hate to tell u that u are in for some serious SHIT. Worst situation ever… I hate to be negative but it’s true

Post # 27
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Busy bee

our dog was doing the exact same thing. turns out, she has terrible allergies causing itching that resulted in hot spots. we changed her food and she now takes Zyrtec when she has flare ups. if your vet looks and thinks they are hot spots, we always shave the area in order to keep it dry and exposed to air. our vet gave us a wonderful spray that we use 1x daily on hotspots until they are clear, and we keep our girl in a shirt so she can’t reach the spot. 

Post # 29
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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gatsbybride2016:  I totally understand the chewing walls thing, my parents dog growing up had severe separation anxiety and used to bite through walls, doors and metal crates. It was terrible, but is there anyway U can maybe put the dog in a room instead of a small crate? Only because having a bigger area might help. Maybe he’s simply outgrown it. There’s prob a way U can corrale him into a certain room or only in one area of the house, I understand the other dog bc he has problems but if this one could handle it, it is worth a try maybe?

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