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12/20/09 11:24 P

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My Jack-a-Poodle is high strung and gets bored very easily. He will lick and chew himself but it gets worse when his hair gets longer. I found if I get him regular cuts, but not too short, he doesn't seem to do it as much. No rhyme or reason to what he does because all of us in the family knows he is crazy as a loon, Gotta love him.

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Tracie, how is your dog's licking problem.
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12/20/09 3:13 P

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My dog has the same problem. In Nov. my vet said foo's licking was due to anxiety. I hope he doesn't get an infection.

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12/20/09 12:45 P

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My son's dog had the licking problem due to a bone infection in the spot. He did better on anitbiotics plus Rimadol?sp
which is a type of Advil or an antiinflammatory that dogs can take, but he had had it for years and my son finally put him down last month. It was really sad. He was an exceptional dog and endured so much pain.

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12/20/09 11:30 A

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I read on a site that you can use footspray on hotspots. I was searching the web for home remedies for dogs.

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12/20/09 11:28 A

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Applying Bitter Apple helps my Boxer when she start focusing too much on her front feet. Apparently it is fairly common in Boxers.

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12/20/09 11:18 A

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I work in a grooming salon and we see this problem quite often. I do agree that it's most likely allergies. More dogs than you would imagine are allergic to corn which is the primary ingredient in many dog foods. Try switching foods and see if this helps. In the meantime, try an oatmeal bath, it's very soothing on the skin and most salons offer it. However, don't bathe him more than once a week, it will remove your dogs natural oils that are moisturizing his skin. Good luck!

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12/20/09 10:59 A

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Definately allergies. Does he also have red patches between his toes? We have dealt with a dog with allergies for 11 years. He is allergic to wheat, rice, chicken, eggs. We have him on Dick Van Pattens Limited Diet food, the Venison & Sweet Potato. They even have a potato venison hard treat bone,and my boy loves it! He does very well on it. Dogs with allergies also have an issue with lack of fatty acid in their diet. Subsidise it with EFA capsules from Virbac Allerderm. Also Tavest daily will ease the allergies. Large dogs are more suseptable to allergies than small ones. You will have to watch every piece of food that goes in his mouth! Good luck.

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Before spending a lot of money on Meds put you dogs on a grain free diet. At least a diet free of wheat, corn, and soy for the licking.

You might want to add turmeric and kelp for joint issues.

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12/20/09 8:29 A

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Sounds like a hotspot to me. The vet prescribed a certain powder I think it was my my dog got bloody red from licking his fur off. This was years ago.

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Something else you can ask the vet about, is a product called "Derma Gel" you have to get it from the vet, but it is phenomenal.

They gave it to us after Phoenix has a growth removed (it was attached to the pad almost on the bottom of his foot). I applied a small amount (a drop) onto my finger and carefully put it on the surgical site, and he healed really well.

I have since used it a couple other times, where there has been a small open wound, and it has cleared things up. It's obviously safe to use on pets. Phoenix can be a licker, so I was fed up with telling him to "leave his foot", so I put a small amount of the gel on my finger and let him lick it off...To this day if he smells the Derma gel, he leaves whatever we are using it for alone.


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12/19/09 9:26 P

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TRACIEO3 says:

He has licked off several large spots of hair to the point of bleeding.
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First of all, Tracie, welcome to SP and to this team. I have been a Sparker over a year, but just joined this team a couple weeks ago. Good people here.

What you describe is exactly what we have gone through with my Jed for years. He licks his right foreleg at the wrist incessantly. I believe the reason is nerves/stress/anxiety (take your pick). He is a shorthair, so it is not matting. We put him in a cone to let him heal. It usually takes several months in the cone, but as soon as we take it off, he starts licking again.

He has been pretty good the past six months and has not had to wear the cone, thank goodness. We all, he and everyone else in the house, hate the cone. Like you, though, we have tried everything else, been to several vets, and no solution.

He had the sore when we adopted him. I am guessing it is something habitual he has done and will continue to do all of his life.

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12/18/09 8:08 P

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If he's got hip pain or any other aches there are meds. to help that also. I really think there are ways to make your dogs quality of life better without having to put him down.

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It takes time to get them used to the hair dryer, I know what you mean about the time it takes them to fully dry, especially since its now wintertime. I want to get Phoenix (he has one of the thickest/densest coats we have ever had on a Collie), fully bathed/groomed for Christmas - but then the weather conditions play in the back of my mind.

www.homeopet.com/ Talk to the vet about this natural product if they think its anxiety related. I haven't used the one for anxiety, but I have used the "leaks no more", and am thinking about useing the joint one for Phoenix. I know the Leaks no more was really reasonable (I think about $13 a bottle) and you just put a couple drops on the dog food.

There is one on the site for allergies too, which might help. I always get an okay from our vet before starting any new products (whether its supplements, food, etc) to make sure it's alright to use.

Have you tried Benadryl to help relieve the itch?


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I made an appointment to see another vet in a town 30 miles from here( a city with more than 1000 people) for Monday. I did just go out and check him and yes, his coat does mat! I gave him a bath when he first started this, and now I am worried about it because he always wants to be outside and it took almost 3 days last time for him to dry and he runs when you turn the blowdryer on. I live in Colorado and some days it's well below zero in the morning and late evening. Thanks for all the suggestions and I agree that it could be allergies or nerves. I don't really think that he is in pain, but the vet said that is why he is licking around the hip area. emoticon

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It sounds like allergies to me also or maybe he has a nervous type problem. Either way, I'd go and get a second opinion from a different vet. How did this vet know he was in pain and did he run any tests?

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It can also be a sign that his coat has mats, if they get matted (especially the dogs with double coats), they will lick to try and remove the irritation - i.e. the knot.

I would give him a good bath, use something that is easy on the skin (make sure before the bath that all the tangles are out of his fur), then do a thorough job getting the shampoo out (it can be a little harder with a dog that has a heavy/double coat), and then I would brush him/blow dry him to make sure he is dry.

Our guys take about 48 hours to fully be dry (they may feel dry to the hand) but really are not.


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Sounds like allergies to me, too. And, do you have your home humidified? Dry air will make him itch, too. Hope you get it figured out. My cat did the same thing. Our vet thought she may have been allergic to flea bites as the dogs would occasionally bring them in to her! It lessened when they were all treated, but never went away. Her belly and legs were pretty much bald.

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Hi Tracie. Sounds like allergies to me. My hound went through the same thing. We had blood test ran, and he has food allergies, and allergies to a few outdoor stuff. He is even allergic to dust mites, and I live in the desert. Lots of dust here. I now give him shots, and he is doing better. What type of food do you feed your dogs? It could be the food. I hope you find out what the problem is, poor guy!
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Hi everybody, I'm new to SP( 2 weeks under my belt) and I first want to say thanks for all the welcome emails. I have 3 dogs, all seniors and all adopted with backgrounds of abuse. My husband and I live in Colorado and enjoy being able to take our dogs with us everywhere we go. We bought a used conversion van just so they could ride around and hair it all up with us! We love our dogs like children and one of my dogs is recently adopted. His name is Oz and he is Great Pyrenees. He's huge, very lovable but was abused, chained all his life and has problems with bones that were previously broken and did not heal properly. Anyway, Oz gets along wonderfully with my other dogs, they are all really very sweet and play and share together. But Oz does not like the heat( at all) and if he gets too hot in the house with the heat on he wants to go outside in the cold air, sometimes with the temperature hovering at zero! Great pyrenees are hairy dogs, and this is their demeanor so that doesn't really concern me as much as the licking. He has licked off several large spots of hair to the point of bleeding. I have tried everything, bitter apple, short course steroids, steroid creams, tea tree oil, oatmeal bath, Benadryl and some other stuff that was recommended for hot spots but doesn't work either. I have taken him to a vet, who says that he is in pain and should be put down. So I give him aspirin. Next, I called up a holistic vet who told me that some dogs will never stop licking. I know his skin is dry, I can see it and today started him on fish oil. I have changed his food and put him on brown rice, chicken and veggies and he is still licking. I feel terrible for him, but he doesn't seem to mind it. Any suggestions? I'm at my wits end!
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