(Closed) NWR – My dog is STILL biting himself raw/bloody.

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Is it possible to just keep a cone around his head for a while, while you try to figure out the source of the problem? I definitely think you should see a second vet just in case.

Post # 17
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

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lisamariep9416 :  Aoquel has changed our lives!

Also, get you dog allergy tested. Our dog turned out to be allergic to Oats, Barley and Chicken- which are in many dog foods. Best $300 we ever spent (besides the monthly Apoquel!)

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

does he happen to have little red blistersrs too? My dog had something similar and kept ripping her skin open starting at the base of her tail. After 3 trips to the vet they realized she had a staff infection. Much different and less dangerous for dogs than humans we were told. a certain medicine cleared it up in a couple days. We had to keep in the the inflatible collar too so she would stop biting. 

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I agree that you should probably get him tested for allergies. 

It’s possible that this is a behavioral issue (stress/anxiety) underlying the biting, but in this situation I’d be surprised. You could try to find a behavioral therapist to have him assessed, but my guess is that there is a medical situation underlying. First guess would be allergies — either environmental or food.

 

Post # 20
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Biting at the base of the tail is the poster child symptom of Flea allergy dermatitis. I saw in your previous post that he was on a topical flea medication, however it may be best to switch to an oral product such as bravecto. When a dog has FAD, one single bite from a flea can send them into a horrible allergic reaction and cause them to itch to the point of causing trauma to the skin and a wound as you described. I second the use of Apoquel versus steroids and having your dog allergy tested. Good luck! 

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

 

I don’t mean to make it sound overly simple.  But, maybe it would help to put something there that does not smell or taste good to the dog.  Something that would prevent him from biting or licking in that area.

The only other thing is to keep the dog on a lead at all times.  The other end of the lead should be connected to you.  So, if you go anywhere the dog must follow.  As soon as the dog makes a move to bit that area he should be corrected.  I don’t feel this is a problem that can be corrected easy.  It will take time.  Maybe even slam a jar of pennies hard on a table every time you see him try to lick or bite that area.  Anotherwards scare the hell out of him.

good luck

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Have his anal glands been checked?

Post # 24
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Helper bee

My SO’s parents are vets, and they always say the #1 reason for dogs chewing on themselves, whether it’s their feet, backsides, whatever, is that they need more exercise.  I know you said you’ve been walking shiner everyday mid-day, but how far is the walk and is it strenuous?  Collies are herding dogs, they aren’t meant to be cooped up all day long  (almost no dog is).  I don’t doubt that the wound needs to be properly treated, but the underlying cause for chewing could be anxiety and lack of exercise?

Post # 26
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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gatsbybride2016 :  Allergies.  Your pup has allergies.  You need to get your dog on a generic allergra or zyrtec of some sorts.  I have a golden retriever who has developed hot spots over and over.  We went through the whole antiobiotic/steroid/vet visits.  That helps clear it up temporarily, but you need to get your dog on allergy medicine.  We live in NC where the allergies are outrageous.  Also, I bath our dog once a week and try to wipe her paws and body off with a wet towel after going outside.  Good luck. 

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Yeah, I’d definitely be interested to see the allergy results. In my experience, that’s been the case. So, certainly push for a test. Seems weird that they need to wait…why don’t they test with a blood sample?

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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gatsbybride2016 :  thought I’d ask, it’s a thing that’s often missed 🙂

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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gatsbybride2016 :  That could be doggie allergies. I would consult with a vetrinary dermatologist. Our dermatologist did wonders for our dog-he diagnosed her allergies quickly, something that other vets had missed.

Post # 30
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

If this helps:

My cat kept chewing out the fur on her tummy and nibbing the skin until she had these little bloody sores. We went through creams, injections and all that jazz…Turns out she had a food allergy that was inflaming her skin. We changed her diet and the area healed up. Maybe your doggy has a similar issue?

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