How can I stop my dog from chewing on herself?
Pyro X Asked: How can I stop my dog from chewing on herself?
I have a 9 year old bichon frise.She does have allergies around a certain time of year.She chews on herself whenever I'm not looking.We used to get a hydro cortisone shot, but since she has been diagnosed with diabetes the vet said she can't take it anymore.He gave us pills, but they won't work.We tried sprays too.She chews herself raw and it looks pretty painful.Is there an easier way to make her stop?
Its an allergy, you can't just spray her and wahlah she's fine. What is she allergic to? We have to give my dog steroids when he gets flea bites. Go to a different vet for another opinion. Get an e-collar so she can't chew.
What kind of sprays did you use–some to soothe her skin, or some that taste bad to make her stop chewing?
If your vet is stumped, I'm not sure what to tell you.Try giving her relaxing oatmeal baths, and make sure she is on a high-quality diet.You might want to try experimenting with a diet that is free of corn and wheat.All dog kibbles must contain some starch, but many cats and some dogs have bad reactions to corn and wheat, which contain a lot of gluten.Try a dog food that uses rice or potatoes for it's starch instead.You'll need to work closely with your vet to find such a food that would be appropriate for a diabetic dog.The Science Diet prescription diets are chock-full of corn, it's the first ingredient in most Science Diet formulas.
In the interim, it's looking like you might need to implement the Cone of Shame, at least until the root cause of all this is understood.Cortisone is a steroid–it isn't curing the root cause, it's just bringing down the inflammation.Try changing one variable at a time, such as diet, exposure to certain outdoor areas, etc. and hopefully you will be able to find out exactly what she is having a reaction to.
Hope this helps!
Hm, when my dog used to chew his tail as a puppy I used Apple Bitter and made sure to keep an eye on him at all times. Whenever he'd try to go for it I'd give him a bone or a raw hide so he could keep his mouth busy. He no longer has this habit as an adult.
Another thing you could try… when we first adopted our beagle, she had huge bare spots on her butt from chewing and the people who gave her up said she had allergies from fleas possibly. Once we got her home we scrubbed her up with Avoderm (the ONLY shampoo I use for my doggies, it's amazing for their skin and coat) and a few months later her skin is beautiful, her hair is grown back, and she no longer chews. Make sure to only give her a bath once a week otherwise you'll further irritate her dry (assuming that's the cause) skin and make it worse. Also, be sure you're feeding her well (no cheap dog brands) because proper nutrition is a huge factor in the overall health of skin, for humans and dogs alike.
I really hope this helps you, best of luck
Try putting her on a high quality, grain free diet I'm not sure what you are feeding now.Also try givingBenadryl, the original when the scratchings that bad.And you may want call your vet and discuss it with him before administering any over the counter medication.
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