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Old 01-09-2018, 02:14 AM
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Obsessive licking- cause??

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!!
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Old 01-09-2018, 04:47 AM
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Ok, so there could be many reasons why she's obsessively licking and chewing, You really need to call your vet and talk to them about the situation, they will determine whether or not you need to bring her in, just going by what you said about blisters on her face, it sounds really bad!!

How much exercise does she get each day?
What kind of food do you feed her?
When she was allowed on the couch did she have access to a window so she could see outside?
Is she on flea and tick meds? if so which one?
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There are a number of reasons why, but usually the licking you are describing sounds like allergies. Whether it's food related or environmental can be hard to tell. You can call your vet, and they can do allergy tests, but vets commonly go right to anti itch type meds, to mask the problem rather than actually fix the source. If they will do allergy testing, that would be a start.
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As already pointed out, allergies are probably the most common cause, but boredom and or stress can cause or contribute too. Your starting point would be your Vet, and that cone may only be frustrating her even more. Most Vets are reluctant to use that cone, unless absolutely necessary, as many, if not most dogs, can become really depressed wearing it.
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Thank you all so much for the advice!
In response to your questions, olympia:
- exercise level is low because its so cold out. She HATES cold and rain. On the nicer days this week we took her out to play frisbee until she was tuckered out. And maybe its wishful thinking again, but it seems like her rash might have gotten somewhat better after that. We go through the winter slump every year, and ive never noticed it before.
-We havent changed her food brand in a while. They like purina true instinct so i usually get that. I dont feed them human food. Unless we deer hunt then i usually cook the scraps and bones for them to eat, and i do think she licked less when she had a giant bone to chew on. I could perhaps try buying some bones, but id need an indestructible brand because she can chew through any bone in less than a day. Any suggestions on brands that actually hold up well?
-i liked this question, it made me think outside the box a bit. She did have access to the window, but the blinds are usually closed (we have weird neighbors). My other dog likes to stick his face through the blinds, but she never she has. Can dogs get seasonal affective disorder after no problems for years??
-i give them trifexis that the vet prescribed her and shes been on it for the past year and a half. In the summers i use tick collars but she hasnt had one for several months now.

If it is allergies, why is their such a sudden onset? I dont want to put the cone on her, and im constantly taking it off and putting it on when she has a bout of licking. Its exhausting! And its stressing me out worrying about her!! I know if i see the vet they will want to run blood tests and allergy tests and i cant afford to spend $300+ for them to tell me shes nervous or stressed or something simple like that. But again, i will if all else fails. She had a really rough life before we adopted her and my mother in law thinks shes suddenly acting out like this because of it.. Can i do anything else at home that might help if stress is the cause?

Thank you all for playing pet health detective with me And i truly am thankful for any and all advice. At this point, i would greatly appreciate inventions i can do at home over the next week to see if something helps without meds. If i have no luck with them we will visit the vet.
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It could be allergies, but sounds more like she's bored and anxious she needs some kind of stimulation physical and mental, there are toys you can buy for that, I would skip the bones if she chews through them that quickly and opt for a kong toy, here are some boredom busters that I have for my dogs...

Kong extreme https://www.chewy.com/kong-extreme-d...large/dp/38494

Mammoth tirebiter https://www.chewy.com/mammoth-tirebi...-toy/dp/108595

Starmark treat dispensing ball...This is the one I have but there are others that might be better for her if she's a destructive chewer... https://www.chewy.com/starmark-treat...-ball/dp/45447

Mammoth monkey fist bar... https://www.chewy.com/mammoth-monkey...olor/dp/108582

Flirt pole https://www.chewy.com/squishy-face-s...e-v2/dp/140534
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