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My girl is just over three years old I have had her for three months. In that time she has lost a lot of hair and I noticed her licking and chewing her self a lot she is currently on some fish oil and melatonin I am wondering if it is a good idea to muzzle her during the day when I am gone I live alone and I never put her in the crate. Any thoughts or advice would be great, thank you thank you

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It's not unusual for a dog recently off the track to blow it's coat. but based on the chewing it sounds like there may be some allergy issue. It sounds like a vet check is in order. Depending where you are, there could be many allergens in the air including ragweed. You might also want to check the pollen.com site for your zip code to see which allergens may currently be causing an issue.

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Thank you for the first response Time4ANap. I should have been more thorough. Dog has taken anti-itch and antibiotics because skin is also red... we had to waste a handful of the script but she took most of them . Also, All vaccines up-to-dated at extremely expensive visit last week. Fecal and thyroid test also came back negative from that appointment. I think she is chewing when I’m not home because I stop her from doing it when I am home. Started fish oil and melatonin but it has only been two weeks on the fish oil and a few days on the melatonin and I don’t believe those will stop the chewing...Just hoping for a little hair recovery with that.

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Is she on flea medication? Ours will chew themselves raw if they have fleas.

 

If it's an OCD sort of behavior that she does only while you are gone, try putting her muzzle on when you leave. Get a stool guard or use duct tape to cover the lower holes so she can't chew through them.

 

What meds has she been taking already?

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Thanks Greysmom, Yes, no fleas and tick. She has been on bravecto and interceptor since I got her. The vet gave me Opequel and cephalexin to try to stop the itching, thanks

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If it's an allergy the Apoquel should stop it right away. It could also be a food intolerance, contact dermatitis, or hay fever type allergies.

 

If it doesn't clear soon I would get in to a dermatology specialist.

 

Good luck!

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Weed pollen especially ragweed is bad this year. A lot of dogs react just the way ya'll have described to it. It won't go away until after the first frost and the dogs will continue to lick chew themselves raw without intervention. It helps to bathe them once a week, wipe off their paws when they come in, and then treat them with whatever works for them. Different things work best for different dogs. Reba gets Springtime Skin & Coat Oil, Spirulina tabs, Fresh Factors, Garlic and also colostrum. We also use a hydrocortisone shampoo/conditioner and a hydrocortisone (e.g. Foster & Smith 'Anti-Itch' lotion/spray) as needed. Yes it is a lot. But it is better than having the hair licked off her paws and legs and it is fairly safe and she doesn't have any side effects from it and so far it has worked.


Thanks Greysmom, Yes, no fleas and tick. She has been on bravecto and interceptor since I got her. The vet gave me Opequel and cephalexin to try to stop the itching, thanks

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The amount of responses is surprising, welcomed and appreciated I can’t thank all of you who responded enough and thank you for the heads up on Bravecto. My baby has also shown no symptoms while sleeping which I guess could be nightmares but I’m not willing to take the chance no more Bravecto for me, I have already changed it. In terms of the licking and biting I am going to try the muzzle for the immediate future I’m going to hold off on any more medicines due to the fact that she is on a few already. I will continue to check this for him can’t believe how willing people are to help thank you so much all of you Who took the time to respond and those who still may.

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Try washing and double rinsing her bedding and anything else she lays around in. Might look into changing her food with another different protein.

Stay away from chicken because many dogs have an allergy to it.

Yep thats another great tip. Have to wash their bedding a lot to wash out the pollen.

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