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Old 07-02-2018, 11:00 PM
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My dog keeps biting her arms!

Hello everyone,
Recently adopted a dog from shelter. After taking her home, she developed some skin issue and was very itchy. She was constantly scratching and biting, it had gotten so bad that she bit her own hair off. I treated her with yumega plus, and AQ Bio sanitizer for pet. Not sure how useful yumega plus was but the AQ Bio worked really really well. My dog's hair is now in perfect condition, soft and shiny, much better then when I first got her.
But now another issue arises. She now developed a habit of chewing her own arms. Her arms look horrible and I'm not sure how to fix it, as it seems like a psychological issue rather then a physical thing. Would really appreciate any suggestions.

Bit more detail about my dog:
Mixed breed, around 10 months old, female, 19.3Kg, neutered.
Active and friendly but a bit nervous around other dogs and people, especially with packs. Even with dead objects, such as traffic cones, carton boxs on the street .... etc. Jumpy against sudden loud noises. Although, she has vastly improved, since I got her.
I take her out for walk twice a day, once in the morning before I go to work, and once at night. usually around 30 minutes in the morning and around an hour, hour and a half at night. Usually a lot longer in the weekend, couple of hours to 3 hours, depending on the weather, condition and physical status. She ususally starts chewing her arms or chasing her tail when she's heading home or resting. She has a hard time concentrating and focusing.
I feed her mostly dry dog food but lately she's not interested so I've added chicken breast or pork chop along with her dog food. I also feed her carrots from time to time and fruits on occasion.
She's gone through a few brands of dog food, as she's not interested in eating them, so I tried different brand to try to get her to eat. So far, I've feed her Hills, Fromm & AVP. Tried Pedigree initially, which was a load of crap. She was sick instantly, had bad stomach, threw up and pooped everywhere. I'm getting her Nutram & Holistic Blend next.

Again, any advice is greatly appreciated!
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I would have a vet exam done and discuss with your vet to see if he/she feels it is medical or behavioral.

If medical such as allergies, then you will likely need to do an elimination diet for several months. I would choose a limited ingredient, grain free food featuring a protein source you have not fed yet over prescrption diets personally. I would also ask about adding probiitics to the diet and get the vet's rec for how (yogurt, kefir, supplement, etc.) or brand.

If your vet feels it is behavioral (often stress/anxiety related for much of what you describe), I would discuss a consult with a veterinary behaviorist and possibly meds/supplements. I would also in combo look for a great behaviorist/behavior consultant/trainer to work with to help address fears/build confidence. We have a thread in the behavior and training sticky thread subforum that can help you with finding a qualified pro! I can get you that link later if you need help finding it.
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Hello everyone,
Recently adopted a dog from shelter. After taking her home, she developed some skin issue and was very itchy. She was constantly scratching and biting, it had gotten so bad that she bit her own hair off. I treated her with yumega plus, and AQ Bio sanitizer for pet. Not sure how useful yumega plus was but the AQ Bio worked really really well. My dog's hair is now in perfect condition, soft and shiny, much better then when I first got her.
But now another issue arises. She now developed a habit of chewing her own arms. Her arms look horrible and I'm not sure how to fix it, as it seems like a psychological issue rather then a physical thing. Would really appreciate any suggestions.

Bit more detail about my dog:
Mixed breed, around 10 months old, female, 19.3Kg, neutered.
Active and friendly but a bit nervous around other dogs and people, especially with packs. Even with dead objects, such as traffic cones, carton boxs on the street .... etc. Jumpy against sudden loud noises. Although, she has vastly improved, since I got her.
I take her out for walk twice a day, once in the morning before I go to work, and once at night. usually around 30 minutes in the morning and around an hour, hour and a half at night. Usually a lot longer in the weekend, couple of hours to 3 hours, depending on the weather, condition and physical status. She ususally starts chewing her arms or chasing her tail when she's heading home or resting. She has a hard time concentrating and focusing.
I feed her mostly dry dog food but lately she's not interested so I've added chicken breast or pork chop along with her dog food. I also feed her carrots from time to time and fruits on occasion.
She's gone through a few brands of dog food, as she's not interested in eating them, so I tried different brand to try to get her to eat. So far, I've feed her Hills, Fromm & AVP. Tried Pedigree initially, which was a load of crap. She was sick instantly, had bad stomach, threw up and pooped everywhere. I'm getting her Nutram & Holistic Blend next.

Again, any advice is greatly appreciated!

For my dog, I have recently included coconut oil in his diet. He was chewing at his tail, paws, feet ect. The poor thing has horrible allergies and i researched that coconut oil is so good for their skin. I actually put some on his itchiest spots because its an antibacterial as well and it helped so much.This could be something that you could definitely try.
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