Over the last three weeks our DDog has been licking his right foreleg round the elbow constantly. We took him to the vet who could see nothing and recommended I continue with the tea tree ointment I’d been using.
I have been but to no avail. It seems to be getting sorer. Any advice, please?
Our dog does this with his feet. Unfortunately we can’t use a cone as he is a bulldog and the cone prevented him from being able to eat his food poor thing! We bought a spray on Amazon - I think it’s Grannick’s Bitter Apples - and it has stopped him from licking his feet and they’re now finally starting to heal - could that be an option?
Go back to the vet, could possibly be developing into a hotspot and may need a steroid cream (and the cone of shame) to break the cycle of itching/licking.
My boy has something similar- left elbow and I'd been using the Aveena dog tea tree skin cream and a sterile/antibacterial spray but had to bite the bullet and see the vet. 4 days later he'd stopped licking and everything is healing up nicely now.
Reporting back, took DDog to vet this pm. Lots more licking, lots of soreness. Conclusion: again nothing visible but leg sore, ditto between pads on paw. So injected with ABs, ab tablets 2x per day, a wash 2x per day, back in a week. D dog not exactly off feed but has lost 0.15k in ten days. DDog normally wants to bite vet and was muzzled but apart from one snap was remarkably good. Refused treats from her but ate them later.
Was extraordinarily soothed by a piece of classical music thereafter. Going to do separate post about it.
We had a similar issue with my girl. Non stinky stuff Calendula Apple cider vinegar Colloidal silver Diluted hibiscrub Any of those worth a try. Tea tree is very strong to use directly on the skin. Allergy? Worth changing diet? We used Surolan from the vet. Yeast overgrowth caused the itch. And we muzzle her overnight and watch her during the day.
Thank you. We will try the wash she’s given us, which you need to use with warm water, salt, sugar and oil. But I shall print out all suggestions for next time, as doubtless there will be a nice time time.
The tea tree is a dog specific skin cream which last time’s vet thought would be good. But it hasn’t done the biz and having read this thread, and looking at DDog, I thought straight to vet. And yes, vet thought like you, something has triggered an allergy and now an infection has set in,
How is DDog doing? One of our dogs used to lick his knees a lot and it turned out he had arthritis in his knees and spine so he'd been licking at the pain. Tea tree anything is actually toxic to dogs, although in the ointment you're using it is probably very small concentration and so tolerated, but if he is licking it then the potential for unintended ingestion is there.
Thanks fir asking . Diluted hibi scrub, antibiotic injection and follow up ABs ( last one today) seem to be helping, yesterday I managed to bathe paw and leg without him flinching, for the first time. Continuing to bathe, back to vet next week. He’s not putting much weight on the leg but is leaping up and down as much as ever.
Still licking leg but I managed to get some chews which are keeping him busy some of the time. I need more for the weekend.
Sometimes obsessive licking can be due to joint pain. It’s worth getting your vet to check if it doesn’t stop. See this article, under signs and symptoms - excessive licking.http://www.alliesmiles.com/health_wellbeing/arthritis.asp