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:confused: We have a 1yr old Hav. that seems to like chewing/biting his hair off, normally wherever he can reach. What's up with that? We have kept him in a puppy cut all summer and have let his hair grow out over the winter. Any one have experience with this problem? He's not chewing his skin just pulling his hair out. We have tried changing is food thiking it could be an allergy. Help.
 

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Hi Nhsews and welcome,

Hummm, this sounds like it could be allergy, what food do you have him on now? Some dogs may be allergic to wheat, soy, etc. Have you tried a high protein/no grain dog food like Evo (made by Innova)? If nothing works, I would consider talking to your vet.

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Julia, Thanks for responding. The food we have Malkie on is Dick Van Pattens Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Fish Dry Dog Food. We first had him on Wellness the one without any meat. We even swithched his treats to Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Fish Formula. It does not make any difference. If it were a allergy issue don't you think he would chew is skin? I'll check into the Innova.
 

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When does he pull it out...when he is alone or all the time? Do you give him lots of exercise? Some dogs get bored, have separation problems, etc...I agree that it could be allergies, but they usually have some skin related problems and do a lot of chewing on their skin and don't really pull their hair out. What does your vet say?
 

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Nhsews - I agree with JudyA, it could be a nervous habit or anxiety. Natural Balance iyou've got your Hav on is a really good allergy formula. Natural Balance also make two more allergies: Potatoe and Duck Formula and Venison and Brown Rice.....just in case he wants variety. :) You Hav is so cute, what's his name?
 

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How long has this been going on? How long are you keeping him on the new food when you switch? I would put him on a food WITHOUT any grains. If it is an allergy, that is typically what it is from more then not. It could also just be stress or being bored as suggested.
 

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Hi everyone gave you great advice. I know my old Cairn did this twice. First, it was allergies and the when we switched her food it stopped. Then the next time she was biting the fur of her back leg. It ended up being a mole. We had to get it removed and then she was fine.

I also agree with anxiety. Did something change? Do you give him something to chew on during the day?

Lastly, what about shampoo? Did you change it? Or maybe you need to buy something for sensitive dogs.

Hope this helps.
 

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Welcome to the forum, nhsews!

You're Hav is a cutie - love his colors!

Sorry to hear about the hair-pulling. I wouldn't know what to do about it either, but I'd see the vet before trying to make too many changes.

Good luck and let us know how he makes out, o.k.? ... the pup, that is, not the vet! ;) :D
 

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Hello Everyone and thank you for all your interest and comments. Marjc, your right we stopped making changes. Changing the food did not make a difference and he seems to like the Natural Balance, and we know it's a good quality food. When we leave him he is in a 4x4 pen with food, water, bed an about a dozen chew toys. He loves his toys and plays and chews with them often. He may be bored during the day, I do work full time but come home for lunch everyday to take him out and play. If I had to say when I thought he chewed the most or when we see him chew it would be right after he eats or in the evening around bed time. Our Yorkie, Jesse suffered from food alargies that the vet said were some type of mites were under his skin and just wanted to give him cordizone shots. The groomer is the one that told us to switch his food and he was fine. With Malkie he's not scratching or chewing on his skin, he just likes to pull his hair out. How can we tell if it is anxiety or seperation issues. He likes to be near us all the time which is very typical of a Hav, right? Maybe he will out grow it, he is only 16 months old. We got him when he was 7 months and he has been chewing since. Thanks for all your suggestions. Nancy
 

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Nancy,
Does he have another dog to play with, or is the yorkie you refer to a pet you had in the past? If he is on a no grain diet, then I would guess it is anxiety. Havanese don't like to be left alone.
 
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