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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-03-2008, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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Biting own leg

Yoyo has had a problem for a little while now; he keeps biting at a spot on the outside of his thigh and now you can see down to the skin. I don't think it's a hot spot because it's not red/irritated/pus-y/etc. but it looks like we've shaved the area and just generally doesn't look good.

Does anyone know what this is and how can I stop it?

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It probably started as an itch. If he has been doing it for a while, it may be a persistent itch or could be habit. You can spray Bitter Apple on the area. A lot of people use Bitter Apple for discouraging chewing on furniture, moulding, etc., but the original purpose was to discourage biting, chewing of hair and to soothe hot spots.

http://www.bitterapple.com/
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My Mom has a cocker spaniel that does this too. She was putting on medication for a hot spot,but when that didn't help she took him to the vet and the vet said he had allergies(environmental). He is currently on an antibiotic and benadryl. My Mom says Beau lays on her bed with four paws straight up in the air to get cream massaged into his feet! How funny is that visual?

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Since there are no other body parts affected, I'm hoping that it's not an environmental allergy! I will try the bitter apple and cross my fingers! Thanks!
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Todd has itchies and hair loss too. Between the Vet and I we decided that it must be a flea bite reaction and as long as he's kept on Revolution and the house/yard stay flea free he doesn't have hair loss.
I wish I would have known to use bitter apple sooner...I'll have to try that if he gets itchy again.

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By the way, there are several sprays that are similar to Bitter Apple. One is called Allercaine. The key is to get one that tastes repulsive. One has an ingredient of Bittren (sp?) in it. You want a spray that soothes but tastes bad.

Most any pet store that carries a variety of products will have one of the brands, especially if you hit a chain store like Petsmart or Petco.
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