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Licking and Gnawing Arm

Oliver's been licking and gnawing at the inside upper part his left front leg for the couple of weeks. Its gotten to the point where we've had to cut off a lot of the fur because it mats really badly and its not really growing back. Last night I was taking a closer look and noticed some red spots on there - could be scabs, but not sure. Is this just compulsive behavior or could there be something wrong? The leg is fine otherwise. Anybody else run into this situation?



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Sometimes licking/chewing paws can be a sign of allergies. Sometimes they're just bored!

Might be worth checking into the potential allergies if it keeps up.

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It might be allergies, or it might be fleas. Based on the location on the body and your (brief) description, I would actually lean toward fleas.
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It could be a hot spot. http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/dise...AQ_hotspot.htm

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Yup, it could be all of the above, unfortunately. I'd check with a vet if I were you, but if it is food allergies, please avoid buying foods that contain corn, grains (wheat, barley, millet.... ) and even avoid chicken for a while. Some vets will recommend you buy their "Hypoallergenic" formulas, but the foods I've just mentioned are very common allergens and in those very formulas!




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I'd go to the vet.

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He's going in to get neutered next Friday so I was going to speak with the vet about it then. He used to go for both front legs, but now its only the left one. In the mean time, I've been trying to stop him from doing it when I catch him and so far its worked some what - he's easily distracted with a chew toy. I'll monitor him closely for the next few days.



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If he's sick or has any infection your vet won't proceed with the neuter. I'd at least give them a call.

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If he's sick or has any infection your vet won't proceed with the neuter. I'd at least give them a call.
Yes, that's right. Kodi's neuter had to be put off by a couple of weeks because he got puppy pyoderma, which is a bumpy skin rash caused by bacteria. He had to be on the antibiotics for two weeks before they would neuter him.


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Oh really? I didn't know that. I've asked my husband to call the vet right now to see what they say. Thanks for letting me know.



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