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Pixie - December 24th 2017, 09:50 PM

So a lot of you know I have a dog named Pixie she is a small Chihuahua. Anyways for the past week or so she has been licking her front legs a lot. She NEVER used to lick herself like this. I mean I know dogs do this, but she will lick her leg for 5-15 minutes if I didn't stop her after a couple minutes and even when I stop her she will go right back to doing it. She is in need for a check-up and we will get it done after the holidays so I will be asking the vet about this. But I was just wondering if anyone's dog has done this before and what caused their dog to do it, or if anyone has any ideas on why this is happening.



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Re: Pixie - December 24th 2017, 10:01 PM

I am definitely no expert but I am wondering if she has an allergy to something if she's used anything new lately like if you've given her a new type of food or maybe a new detergent in her bedding?


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Re: Pixie - December 24th 2017, 11:43 PM

I’m not an expert and would recommend you take her to the vet.

However, One of my dogs used to lick the bottom parts of her legs and had hot spots on them. It turned out she was allergic to some of the things in food as well as the pollen in the grass which we found out through allergy testing. We switched her food to raw food instead of kibble and our vet recommended some treatment options and preventive measures. While I have never done it, I have heard of some success with using a cone to stop them from licking.

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Re: Pixie - December 25th 2017, 11:27 AM

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I am definitely no expert but I am wondering if she has an allergy to something if she's used anything new lately like if you've given her a new type of food or maybe a new detergent in her bedding?
Now that I think about she did start licking herself when I put her sweatshirt on and when I took it off she was licking, and scratching a lot. But I don't think we changed anything but we might of without knowing. Thanks Dez.



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Re: Pixie - December 25th 2017, 11:03 PM

There are many possible causes for something like this. First, if you can, I would recommend checking the area/s she's licking to see if you can find an obvious cause such as a wound or an embedded object. You could also check to see if she's limping, because in some cases dog will lick themselves as a way to try to reduce pain even if it's something internal (e.g. my dog went through a stage of incessantly licking her leg after her surgery because although the stitches had long been removed and it had healed, her leg still felt strange and she was just trying to "fix" it). As the other posters said, some kind of allergy is also a definite possibility. It could have been the sweater, or maybe something she ate, or something else she might have come into contact with while you weren't looking. It's also possible that she reacted to something but the initial cause is gone now; in that case she could have started licking in order to ease the discomfort, but in doing so she might have irritated her skin even more and now that's why she's licking (my dog's been there before, it's not a fun cycle). Until you can take her to the vet, try to prevent her from licking if you can. Sometimes all it takes is breaking the cycle by giving the dog's skin enough time to repair itself after all the licking. Do you have an Elizabethan collar that Pixie could wear for a while so she can't lick her leg? Or if there's some kind of clothing that you definitely know she doesn't react to (e.g. a sweater that covers her legs, and that she's worn frequently enough that you know it won't cause a reaction) you could put that on her to physically prevent her from licking. Hopefully this helped a bit, and I hope Pixie feels better soon!




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Re: Pixie - December 26th 2017, 12:57 AM

Hi there!

As other members have said, unfortunately we can't determine what is making your dog lick her paws a lot but taking her to the vets will help you determine what it might be.

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Re: Pixie - December 28th 2017, 11:07 PM

My vet mentioned that this type of behaviour could be a type of allergy but it could also be Pixie forming some kind of habit. Similar to when people chew their nails.



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Re: Pixie - December 28th 2017, 11:58 PM

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My vet mentioned that this type of behaviour could be a type of allergy but it could also be Pixie forming some kind of habit. Similar to when people chew their nails.
I never had a dog, but one of my cats developed severe anxiety and licked all the fur off one part of her body. This is a probability with Pixie.

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Re: Pixie - December 31st 2017, 07:50 PM

So Pixie has an appointment for her yearly exam on the third so we are going to talk to the vet about this.



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Re: Pixie - December 31st 2017, 10:02 PM

I hope the vet is able to figure out what's wrong, and that it's a relatively easy fix. Feel free to update us once you've taken Pixie to the vet.




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Re: Pixie - January 4th 2018, 01:58 AM

She said that she isn't concerned about it at all. But I could give her some benadryl if I wanted too. Just keep an eye on it and if it gets worse to let her know.



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Re: Pixie - January 6th 2018, 08:41 AM

I'm glad it doesn't seem to be anything too serious! Since the issue seems to be resolved I'm going to go ahead and close this thread, but feel free to PM me if you'd like it reopened.




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