(Closed) Dog biting himself raw/bloody :(

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Post # 31
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Newbee
  • Wedding: Inn on the Twenty

My dog does a similar thing. We’ve been to the vet multiple times about it. For my dog he said it’s probably a combination of food and environmental allegies, and behavioural. We try to manage it as best as we can but sometimes it gets so bad the vet recommends steriods to bring the itching down. We also have him on a grain free fish based diet, give him oatmeal baths to soothe his skin, benadryls to calm the itching, and lots of exercise. Rigg is a yellow lab, so he has boundless energy.  Nothing we really do makes the itching go away all together, but we trying manage it as best as we can.

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee

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gatsbybride2016:  That’s simply too long in the crate. I believe our local humane society says a dog should be crated for up to five hours only. A more liberal guideline that I read somewhere, which I have followed, is: “The dog should be out of the crate more than they are in it.” Assuming you crate your dogs at night, you are exceeding the recommended time limit per both of those guidelines. I have little doubt this is the likely cause of the hot spot.  

I don’t mean to judge so much as I mean to provide information. I know managing the needs of pets and work is really hard. 

 ETA: OMG, that dog is gorgeous! What a sweetie!

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Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Like PPs said, Collies need lots of stimulation. They often need a “job” to do. I have a border collie Australian shepherd mix. We exercise him often. We also don’t crate him during the day. Is it possible to leave him out of the crate so he has more room to roam? Different area of the body but my dog also chews on the insides of his paws sometimes. They can get really red. The vet said its due to pollen allergies. He told us to use some moisturizer on it. I have no experience with flees, so I can’t comment on that. 

Post # 37
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Busy bee

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gatsbybride2016:  we found that the only food that helped was limited ingredient salmon. We also do medicated baths every 3 weeks and it keeps her skin in top condition. We had to cut out peanut butter as well. 

Post # 38
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

My Greyhound mix used to chew, and lick her rear end raw. By the base of her tail. We tried everything to get her to stop. It would get so bad she would get a skin infection and had to get antibiotics, a couple times a year. We tried Mirracoat supplements. 2 tablespoons a day on her food. Her itching problem stopped 2 weeks after Mirracoat!! That was over 2 years ago! 

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Post # 39
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Busy bee

Also, consider doggy daycare 1-2x per week! My dog really can’t be out of a crate when we arent home, but we don’t think its fair to keep her crated all day. We send her to doggy daycare 1-2x a week and she is PASSED OUT the next day in her crate. It helps curb boredom and stress. A tired dog is a happy dog. 

Post # 42
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Busy bee

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gatsbybride2016:  she has had absolutely no issue, and it actually came recommended by our vet! we have had her blood work tested for a few reasons and kidney function was always fine

Post # 43
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Busy bee

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gatsbybride2016:  the good thing about most doggy daycares is that they can do individual, alone play times instead of group, too!

Post # 45
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Buzzing bee

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gatsbybride2016:  If they aren’t crated at night and on weekends, you might be okay crate-wise as it sounds like they are out of the crate more than they are in it. I second the doggy daycare suggestion. My pup goes once a week; she loves it and it wears her the heck out. 

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