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10-05-2014 05:17 PM
pancake Just want to update.. it was the food. Took a while (a few weeks) for it to subside after changing back to the blue buffalo that I used to give her. It also took some active effort to make sure she doesn't continue to lick to make sure.
Guess it's been a month now, she doesn't have any more redness or sores. I'm going to throw the bag of food out, which is waste it was a big 30lbs bag. Nature's Recipe grain free. I dont know if this particular bag is bad or if she's allergic to something specific such as the actual protein (it was duck) so I'm just going to be safe and avoid duck in the future also. She's had nature's recipe before (chicken) no problem.

Also she doesn't lick herself anymore even to groom because i stopped her from doing that when she's bored. Probably a good practice
09-05-2014 04:07 PM
pancake Oh yeah I meant elizabeth collar, not a shock collar. That would be misuse and abuse to say the least

I took her to the vet and the vet suggested that it is possibly an allergy to the grass or carpet or something surface related. I agree. It is ONLY on her underside where her heel is, her hind toes and her crotch area. Basically the area that makes contact when she is sitting on something.

He suggested a cortisol shot but i wanted to give it a week to try to find and eliminate the source first. He was ok with this. He also suggested that everytime I go out in the grass with her I use wipes to wipe down her paws and her crotch area. I think the rest of her body is fine because the grass doesn't poke and irritate where there is a lot of fur. Her crotch and heels have very little hair and protection to begin with.

Second hypothesis is that it could be my room's carpet. We have hardwood everywhere but the rooms. She's always lying down or doing something near my feet and my carpet is kind of rough. I laid down a soft Egyptian cotton bed sheet all over my floor so we'll see if any of this makes a difference.

I also ordered vet wraps to stop her from licking. As far as I can tell, it's not getting worse and may be a little better. She has 1 wound between her toe that I'm cleaning and trying to get to scab but she keeps licking it when I'm not around so I'm waiting on those wraps.

I'm also considering getting her dog booties despite how ridiculous it looks for when we go outside. We have a major drought here in CA and the fields are not watered anymore to cut down on water use and a lot of the grass is dry and sharp now.

Working this on multiple angles, I'll update soon.
09-02-2014 02:45 PM
HOBY Does your pup ever urinate on a hard surface? Pups are so low to the ground and have such sensitive skin that it could be urine splashing back and irritating the skin? Just a thought?
09-02-2014 12:07 PM
David Winners E-collar can mean Elizabethton collar as well.
09-02-2014 10:34 AM
blackshep An ecollar, or do you mean a cone? I hope you mean a cone

Good idea to visit the vet and get a diagnosis.
09-02-2014 05:02 AM
pancake Ive been monitoring and she now has a red sore/blister between one of her toes. I dont understand it. I'm fairly certain it gets worse when she licks it and it is not healing because of it. It was ok and scabbing for a while and just right now I noticed that her feet were wet from her licking and it is bright red again.

I'm taking her to the vet tomorrow, maybe they'll prescribe some ointment. I'm hoping it's not mange or anything but we'll see. I'm going to guess though that they'll probably give her some antibacterial ointment and recommend that I put an e-collar on her or use vet wraps. But better safe than sorry.
08-26-2014 02:59 AM
pancake Thanks everyone, I'm going to wrap the legs at night with some antibacterial so she doesn't lick it while I'm sleeping. and then keep an eye on it during the day time.

I have thought about raw diet. I actually fed my previous dog (died last year) raw diet as a way to combat her hot spot issue also. Maybe I'll go that route again but I remember it was very hard to keep up when I had a busy schedule.

Okay at this point I'm not sure if her sores are due to a microorganism or now just being prolonged due to the licking. Or it could be the pressure sores ..
I'm also going to look into a trial week of feeding her raw. With her I would have to feed her outside, she has a habit of taking a mouthful of food from her bowl and going into the corner of the room and eating it all over the floor. Ok with kibble but with raw chicken that'd be a health concern haha
08-26-2014 12:47 AM
Mesonoxian Those spots look just like what my dog Lena used to have. After visiting the vet, I was told that the sores were from pressure points caused by laying down, and would likely never go away (She was obsessed with licking/chewing them, and the spots always looked really irritated). Lena also had redness and a pinkish rash in her crotch area (as well as those occasional red acne-ish bumps); which was diagnosed by our vet as a symptom of seasonal allergies.

For a couple of years, we managed her rash with allergy medication. Over time, her allergies grew more severe, and her "pressure sores" never got better. After more vet visits, we began to suspect that food allergies were developing, and we tried some different foods (none of which helped, she seemed to manage the best on Orijen). But I still wasn't satisfied.

After a TON of research, and talking with my vet, I decided to switch Lena to a raw diet. Within 3 (read: THREE) days, her rash and underside redness were completely gone. Within a week, her "pressure sores" were starting to grow hair, and after a month, you could hardly tell they were ever a problem.

I'm not saying raw is necessarily the answer for you, but definitely see what your vet says, and don't be afraid to ask LOTS of questions. Some trial and error with treatment/management of the issues may be in your future, depending on what you find out.

I hope your cutie pie finds some relief! (keep us posted!)
08-25-2014 08:32 PM
FirefighterGSD Went through the same thing last month with Arson. What Flea/Tick are you using? His ended up being a flea allergy as I was using a not so great one and he ended up getting a few. Switched to First Shield Trio and 100mg benadryl twice a day (per vet) and he's fine now.
08-25-2014 05:32 PM
Blanketback Happy Birthday, what a cutie!
Nope, that's not what I was thinking of. Probably your vet would be the best bet - good luck with your sweet girl.
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