nancy in AZ Posted November 15, 2009 Report Share Posted November 15, 2009 For several months now Boo has been licking, scratching and chewing at himself constantly. At first it appeared to be confined to his paws; licking the tops and biting, chewing, licking between his toes. The fur on his paws is all discolored rusty brown. Then he started scratching/chewing all over--at his belly, elbow, tailhead, outer ear as well. He's developed a very flat scab, almost like a burn mark the size of a dime, that he's been scratching at on his left elbow. I can't locate any other hot spots or terribly raw or inflamed skin in the areas he attacks. Early on when I took him to the vet, she found a couple of seed heads that would explain irritation way up between his toes on one paw, but nothing else that would explain the extensiveness of the scratching. He's been on 50mg doses of the antihistimine hydroxizine. He's been bathed at the groomers with an oatmeal bath. I applied Advantix to rule out fleas or ticks, wiped him down with baby wipes to remove allergens, and donned him with booties, which he managed to rip off, though they did seem help calm the inflammation by stopping the moisture build up between his toes. He's been on an all raw diet since the end of June with the exception of one week of going back to a no grain kibble and canned to see whether that made any difference (it didn't). I haven't seen any other obvious change in his behavior, appetite, energy, playfulness etc. He loves going for hikes and playing with Kit and Jill. I've stopped trying to distract him by telling him to "leave it" when he licks because I was doing it so often he started getting nervous and cowering. Now I go over to him and rub his belly, massage or cuddle him to divert him from scratching. I would welcome any insights or suggestions! I feel so bad for him. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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