Im new here, i made an account just so I could get some input on my dogs situation please help me!!:
My 5 year old pitbull has been licking herself obsessively over the past couple weeks. And i mean like, crazy obsessed. I purchased a cone after she started losing fur and getting sores from it. But I dont want to keep the cone on her and my none of my remedies are working or even helping from what I can tell.
-the most affected areas seems to be her feet, legs, stomach (especially in creases of legs), tail (underneath and above where it meets her rump) and her mouth. Her mouth is especially bad right now, but I think its because its the only thing she can reach to lick with a cone on.
-Is it fungal, bacterial or allergies? I have tried using antifungal powder, hydrocortisone cream, triple antibiotic ointment, and benadryl. The benadryl might help a little, but not enough for me to be sure if its really working or just wishful thinking. The areas she licks are reddened and irritated, her mouth almost looks to be blistered in a couple spots, but im not sure if its a rash and thats why she licks or if the licking caused the rash.
-Is it behavioral? Its become a problem only recently, at least to this extent. She is a rescue, as a puppy she was a bait dog and was traumatized from it, but shes been getting better and better and is now fairly normal. Ive noticed that when i put the cone on she will continuosly lick her lips or the cone. Ive even seen her lick furniture a few times. If people try to pet her she licks them constantly too. Thats a habit ive been trying to break for a long time since most people really dislike it.
-her diet hasnt changed anytime recently. It is winter and we arent going outside as much, were usually more active in summer, but she hasnt done this in previous years. I have over the past 2 months have been training our dogs to stay off furniture since were expecting a baby soon. These are the only envirnmental changes I can identify.
I cant very well afford to take her to the vet, but if I have to to fix my doggo I will. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!!