I live in Ohio where allergies cause havoc for people and animals alike. My Chow is been chewing his one foot like he is going to chew it right off! The allergy medication the doc gave me, I can't remember what it is now, it's at home, was perscribed as needed. He described this to me as to give it to him like we would take Benadryl. It's a one a day tablet, I gave it to him last night, so I can't give it until tonight, and the poor guy was chewing away at the foot at 6:00AM this morning. We've checked and can't see that he has any injury, and he doesn't act like it hurts when we mess with the foot/leg, he just wants to keep licking and chewing. No changes in diet or surroundings have occured, any suggestions? I plan on calling the vet today, but was curious what you all have to say, you all do a great job of thinking outside of the box!
I just wanted to comment that Mason has been chewing both of his front legs like crazy lately. We live in VA. I took him to the vet and she said that there isn't any hair loss, which is good, but he is definitely irritating the skin. She put him on Temaril-P, which seems to be helping. He gets weaned of the medication every four days, so now he just gets 1/2 tablet once a day. It seems to be helping him a lot.
Hopefully, your dog will feel better soon. It's so disturbing to see them so uncomfortable like that.
He's been on Purina One since I brought him home. We have been walking in the park, which this is new for him. He mostly stays on the sidewalks/pavement, but does venture in the grass. We don't have a dog park in our area, but dogs do come to the park, we've only encountered 1 or 2 since we've started walking. However, I have a strange bite on my calf, but it doesn't itch. Are you thinking fleas? This chewing/itching seems to only bother his feet/legs.
I'm thinking it could well be his food, if it's got a lot of grain in it. I had a dog who used to lick both legs continually. I switched his food and he stopped altogether. I'm not sure what else he would be allergic to, because there are so many different allergens that can affect a dog, but the best place to start would be with his food. Good luck, I hope you find out what it is. I don't think it's fleas at all. You would see them in and around his neck, and all over his body.
Okay, we're going to the vet on Saturday. But last night he went nuts. He's really chewing close to his dew nail. I don't see any damage but I'm concerned. I eventually had to spray his foot with bitter apple spray to make him stop it was so bad. I felt terrible after doing it, it really tasted bad, I'm sure. He ran in circles for 15 minutes like he was really stressed out. He did settle down after awhile. Any ideas? Would he develop an allergy to wheat or grain, just all of a sudden?
How old is he? Most dogs will develop allergies between the ages of 1 and 2. And it could just as easily be something OTHER than food. Flea allergies are actually the most common. But he could also be allergic to pollen, dust, grass, etc.
The first and easiest thing to do is to switch to a grain free food. Melvin my boxer was chewing continually at his feed and since I switched to grain free he has completely stopped doing this. Its worth a try. Wellness Core makes a grain free that would be great for your pup. It is not to high in protien since he is under 18 months of age.
Buddha4me, I also have to suggest that you check with his breeder. My 1 1/2 year old pup developed allergies this summer, and my first thought was also food. However, I called her breeder and as it turns out-her pup from the same litter also has allergies, and she was able to rule out food-we know it's an environmental allergy (we just don't know what!)
So before you go changing things around, you might want to contact his breeder.
Also, just before calling my pup's breeder, I switched her food to Wellness Fish and Sweet Potato. It has a single source of protein and limited ingredients to promote skin and coat health. I can't actually say it's made any difference in her coat (yet), but she loves it!
I would also take a look at environment if the dog is only fixated on the paws. If there is carpeting in the home and it is new the chemicals from the manufacture as well as loose fibers can irritate a dogs feet. Any cleaners or carpet fresheners can cause a problem also.Chemicals used to clean hard surface flooring can also be bad for animals. Babies and animals should be kept out of a room after the carpet has been shampooed until it is completely dry and the room has been aired out as they can develop respiratory problems from contact with the cleaning solution residue and what ever is stired up from the dirty carpet. This may also be a food allergy but often these symptoms are caused by things in the home or yard. Any chemicals put on the lawn can be at fault .
The reason I say this sounds like a food allergy, and not an environmental one ie: dust pollen, etc, is because I had a house full of dogs when one of my dogs started licking and chewing his paws. None of the other dogs displayed the same behaviour. I switched to Eagle Pack Holistic, and Innova Evo, and he stopped doing it within a week or so. Now they say it takes a while to get an allergen out of a dog's system, but in my case it was very noticeably better in a week. It's worth a try.
"The reason I say this sounds like a food allergy, and not an environmental one ie: dust pollen, etc, is because I had a house full of dogs when one of my dogs started licking and chewing his paws. None of the other dogs displayed the same behaviour."
But Pen-if it HAD been an environmental allergy, and none of the other dogs were allegic to that particular thing-they WOULDN'T have been licking/chewing. Some dogs are allergic to grass-that doesn't mean that every dog is going to start scratching when they walk in grass.
It certainly doesn't hurt to try any of these suggestions. But if it IS a food allergy, it could be a long time of trial and error to even discover what it is. Could be corn, wheat, beef, chicken, soy.....
All I know is what I experienced with my dog. Melvin chewed and licked his feet continually. When I started feeding grain free it cleared up. I believe that grains are one of the most common allergies. So taking them out of the mix made sense to me. Melvin, also has environmental allergies and they didn't react the same at all. He got a red rash over his underbelly and these turned to tiny sores and his fur fell out in little circles. He had to take antibiotics because he got a staff infection from scratching. I am speaking only from my experience and hope that it helps someone.
Okay, need new help! I didn't know how to re-post and change anything. We went to the vet. It's not allergies. He has chipped a piece of bone off of his wrist. The vet said to rest him for 6-8 weeks, since he was walking okay. If after that it still is a problem we may have to do surgery to remove the piece of chipped bone. I saw the x-ray, it's a tiny piece, almost a flake, but you can tell it's bone. For Buddha to get outside he goes down about two step, (about 2 1/2 feet), however; he doesn't really walk down the steps, he more leaps from them, landing on a concrete floor in our breezeway. Since he's landing on his front feet, I'm sure that wrist is taking alot of impact. Is this okay, or do I need to find another way to get him outside, like ramp? This is the main entrance that we use to the house as well, so don't want to build a ramp, but I'll of course do whatever it takes for him. There are other ways to get him outside of course, this is just the most convienent for all of us.