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Old 02-17-2012, 07:43 AM
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Dog licks herself all over

Is this normal or is she hurting all over? My dog has started this habit of licking herself pretty much the way a cat licks itself to bathe. It started on just her front legs but now she licks all over. I know it's not fleas or dry itchy skin. She mostly does it after walks and such. She does agility but always wears supportive wraps on her front legs. I don't however put any wraps on when she's carting. She is a Dalmation/Catahoula cross if that helps any. I hope I put this in the right forum.
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She sound itchy. Why do you put wraps on her? What are they made of? Perhaps she is allergic to the materials in the wraps? Dogs are not horses. Do they really need supportive wraps? My dogs run miles a day, up and over granite cliffs, at least as strenuous as agility, and I never put anything on them.

Perhaps try not using wraps for a few weeks and see if the itchy stuff ceases. If that does not help, I'd investigate the possibility of a food allergy.

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She sound itchy. Why do you put wraps on her? What are they made of? Perhaps she is allergic to the materials in the wraps? Dogs are not horses. Do they really need supportive wraps? My dogs run miles a day, up and over granite cliffs, at least as strenuous as agility, and I never put anything on them.

Perhaps try not using wraps for a few weeks and see if the itchy stuff ceases. If that does not help, I'd investigate the possibility of a food allergy.
I remember reading somewhere that they didn't and it causes more problems than it fixes, but google scholar is currently failing me. (Well, besides pointing me to an interesting article about the mechanics of jumping dogs that I can't access). Anyone else know anything? I'll keep my eye out.

As to the licking, it does sound a lot like allergies. A talk to the vet may be in order. If you can't track down the specific food, you may want to ask your doctor about anti-histamines for your dog. Tesla's allergies are mostly manageable with diet, but were still affecting her a bit. Daily claritin takes care of the rest.

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My Taz was doing that - turned out she was allergic to chicken. Even one or two training treats with chicken and she licking (and gassy). The vet never caught it.

If the vet doesn't see anything, try changing food and really read the label.
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@Tess: She wears wraps because she is jumping over 4ft over and over every day plus lots of other stuff. Lately I've only been using vet wrap, but am about to order a pair of specialty wraps made from another material.

@bigpawsup: I will try not feeding her chicken and see if that helps. Since I make all her food and treats it wont be hard to eliminate that from her diet.
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I would not be surprised if the vetwrap is causing allergic issues. I'd also be surprised if she is having food allergies on a homemade diet. (unless you took her off kibble for this reason, and she has a history of food allergies previous to the homemade diet.)

Interesting for sure. Let us know what you figure out!
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Yes, she has had food allergies previous to homemade diet(that's whole reason she's on one). Taking her off chicken is helping! Thanks guys for the advice!
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Good news! Thanks for getting back to us.
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I have two Catahoula leopard dogs; one is terribly allergic to foods and we searched through 10+ natural and rx foods that she could tolerate. Finally found Azmira and she can eat it without rubbing her eyes till scabs appear, and has stopped licking and scratching all over. After running her she will lick to clean off the dirt, kind of prissy!
I considered maybe it was an exercise induced allergy. I would leave off the wraps too and see what happens. They could be rubbing her sensitive skin and irritating her too much.
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Have none of you guys ever heard of a BARF diet? This is the most natural diet and the diet your dog was designed to eat domesticated or not!!!

BARF diet consists of a raw meat and bones diet - my dogs have been thriving on this for a long time. There are no additive, preservatives etc, there is no one making huge profits (no food producer nor vet).

No animal in the wild suffers from allergies or cancer! All these problems are due to the conventional foods you are feeding your dog. Take it back to natural and feed your dog raw meat - including bones just as it was designed to eat! No dog/wolf in the wild cooks its food!!!! This a human concept! Putting your dog on a BARF diet will eradicate all itching, allergies... the idea that a dog is allergic to chicken is absurb. Dogs are designed to eat rabbits, chickens etc. GET YOUR DOG ON THE RIGHT DIET! You can source your meat from any supermarket or butchers.

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