I have a two-year old Australian Shepherd that has the unfortunate tendency to periodically (maybe four times a year) worry at one of his toes/paws until he licks the hair off and develops a hot spot. We have been thru this enough times to know that there does not really appear to be anything obviously causing the irritation...maybe initially it was a foxtail or splinter that he was aiming at, but neither we nor the vets can ever find much.
Obviously, two solutions that present themselves is to wrap the paw, or put an e-collar on him, and let the paw heal. However, he rips off every wrap we put on him in a matter of minutes. No bitter-tasting substance remotely deters him. And he would go crazy in an e-collar (plus he couldn't take himself out thru the doggy door to go to the bathroom). He is actually a very difficult dog to 'treat' because he rebels mightily if he thinks you are gonna inspect him, or restrain him. At the vet, it takes about 4 people to restrain him so the vet can examine him. No idea why that is, but it is definitely a problem.
Is there some other kind of industrial-strength booty-style wrap that might work better than the 3M vet wrap that we have used without success? I am guessing there is not such a magical product, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask the experts here.
Also, I am going to put some kind of balm on the red/raw naked spot on his toe, and I was concerned about a product called ResQ Organics Pet Skin Treatment. Sounds good, but contains theobroma cacao, which is what chocolate is made from. That should be a 'no,' then, right? If anyone can recommend some miracle product for helps my dog's self-inflicted wounds heal more swiftly, I would love to hear about it.
For the record, eventually he seems to stop obsessing and the skin heals, but it could take a few weeks.
Any advice at all is very much appreciated!