Hi, I have a 18 week old Pembroke Welsh Corgi. He has been chewing/biting on his hind legs. It seems to happen while he is playing or running. He just stops everything and chews at his hind legs mostly around the knee area. Sometimes he makes a little sound when he bites at it. Not necesarily whining but a grumbling sound. He is totally fine when he is running and playing, no limping or anything. Doesn't seem to hurt or whimper when you touch and feel his legs. It just makes me wonder if I should get him in for x-rays and see if there is something going on with his knees. I did ask the vet about him chewing on his legs and she thought maybe he had a flea on him and that's why he was chewing. But why only chew his back legs and no where else? So she gave him a flea medication and he is still doing it. I was wondering if it was possible for puppies to have growing pains. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Do you think I should lean towards tests?
Sounds more like he may be itching like your vet suggested but it could be more than just a flea. Could just be a mild skin irritation. It can be any number of things but if he had something that NEEDED x-rays, he would be doing alot more than biting his legs, he would be limping for sure and probably really lazy due to discomfort. You might ask a vet to look at it again or maybe get a another opinion from a different vet. Chances are he just has an itchy spot and hopefully it is something he will out grow.
Thanks for the reply. That's the one thing I didn't even think of...just a basic skin irritant. But why only his back legs, that seems weird to me. I will ask the vet about a skin problem. I feed him a very good quality of food so I would expect his skin and coat to be top notch. But I guess you never know what they might react to. Thanks again!
Their back legs are just so short, the entire area up to the hock is most always hock deep in the grass. Their coat is so thick it can harbor alot of junk. Ever roll around in the grass or hay and be itchy for what ever reason? Only the itchy stuff can get trapped in their hair and kind of irritate the skin and make them itch. I have some that simply play with their feet becase they think its fun.
It most likely is something like that. Because he seems 100% otherwise. It has been very dry here lately and I know my allergies are bothering me. So should I just let him be or maybe wash him with a soothing shampoo or something. I want him to be a comfortable happy pup. Again thanks for your reply and helping me out, I very much appreciate it!!
The thing is the vet treated him for fleas thinking it could be that even though we couldn't find any and he still chews. But I'm thinking the bath with a soothing shampoo and then maybe go from there? I'm just hoping there isn't anything wrong with his structure.