(Closed) Puppy hurting herself scratching herself til bleeding–help!

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 32
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Bumble bee

@hippomama:  Our dog has a similar issue- he’s terribly allergic to fleas in hos old age. If she’s scratching with her mouth (like down at her hips/butt), you can buy a special spray at any pet store designed to discourage this. I was also going to reccomend the cone of shame, but I see that wouldn’t work. If its an allergy, there is a possibility the vet can prescribe your puppy an oral antihistamine (like Benadryl) to help calm the itching and inflammation. That’s what we had to do with our dog. It won’t tell you WHAT she is allergic to, but it may help ease her discomfort.

Post # 33
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@hippomama:  Did the vet do a skin scrape?  It sounds like Demodex Mange.  Very common!  My fiance’s boxer has always had it on his face.  The skin scrape will be able to tell if it is!  Also, you might as well get a second opionion from a different vet if he hasn’t tried that yet.  

Post # 34
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

With regards to the food bowl, I swear by regular glass bowls (so long as she is old enough not to knock them over and break them.)  I buy cheap glass bowls from Walmart and run them through the dishwasher often.  I notice with the platic bowls a scum builds up in the bottom of the bowl and no matter how much I clean it, it’s never truly clean.  Same with metal bowls; especially the food bowl because the grease from the food builds up over time.

Maybe try feeding her on paper plates for a little while so each meal goes on a fresh plate?

Post # 41
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@hippomama:  I buy regular people bowls (not pet ones) and I clean them in the dishwasher every few weeks.  I would recommend doing it more often until her chin clears up.  I haven’t needed to replace them in over a year since they always go in the dishwasher and stay clean.  I do periodically check them for scum or crust from leftover food and when I see it, I bleach the bowl and scour it with comet before rinsing it really well and running it back through the dishwasher.

Post # 43
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Allergy tests for sure.  Also, if she’s knocking the cone off easily, it’s on too loose.  You should be able to slide 2 fingers under the collar part, but no more.  If they shake their head and the entire thing slides and wobbles, it’s too loose.  I know they hate it, but you don’t want a nasty infection on her face.

Post # 44
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@hippomama:  Don’t feel bad.  Most people don’t clean their dog bowls as often as I do.  I just can’t stand dirty bowls!

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