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Old 07-27-2011, 05:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default HELP! chewed raw?!

I haven't seen it yet, but my fiance got home a few minutes ago and Rambo had chewed two bald spots right above where his tail starts. Can't upload the pics from my phone but it's obviously red and raw, with some puss even. As of this morning he was completely fine and normal.

She'll be on her way to the vet as soon as her sister shows up to watch the baby (about 10mins) but in the meantime does anyone have any ideas??!!
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Anal sacs maybe.
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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well I figured its a hot spot, its up top...but he's never had them before so I don't really know what the vet will have for us to do about it.

and if it is a hot spot, he's in his kennel during the day and I don't know what we'll do to keep him from chewing it!
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Yup, maybe. I was picturing one spot on each side at the base of the tail.
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are fleas possible?
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:29 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Robin you beat me to it.

OP, i know when we have a flea issue, Riley will tear himself to shreds and it always starts at the base of his tail and if he cant get to his tail, he goes after his legs and stomach. he's got pretty bad flea allergies. When we first found out about it, we were at the vets office a couple times a week for a month before we found the first flea. he's a big black dog so it was very difficult to find fleas on him. Vet said the chewing raw at the base of the tail, literally obsessively, is a good indictator you have fleas and that you dog has an allergy to them. Normally just the scratching but causing further damage to themselves will sinch the deal. I hope you get it figured out.
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How are you doing with the pup? An ex-pen and e-collar may be a way to confine him. Fleas, allergy, bug bite, anal sacs. Several things could cause him to itch or be uncomfortable back there.
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Sorry I posted and then never followed up. It turned out to just be some kind of hot spot--no real in depth explanation, may happen seasonally? He just recently turned one so, we'll see if it becomes a pattern.

Got a steroid shot and wore an e-collar when in his collar and it cleared up. He's finally not completely bald in the one spot about the size of a fist, haha a little bit of undercoat is filling back in.
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Nutritious diet & supplements will help reduce the onset of hot spots. If it happens again, I would try to stay away from the steroids, and find out what causes them.
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