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Old April 5th, 2011, 08:17 PM
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Goldendoodle with allergies or bad nerves?????????

My friend has a goldendoodle, she chews her fur off of one of her front legs to the point that she makes her leg bleed. Now Fergie has been to the vet numerous times she believed that it was allergies, gave her steroids and antibiotics. Now this is the same dog that had a severe reaction to a bee sting last summer and almost died. Now the only thing I wonder is that she only chews on one leg and most of the time its when they go out and leave her alone, I'm wondering if its separation anxiety. They bandage her leg up every time they leave her with a sock, tensor bandage or vet rap. If she can't get it off she just chews up higher on her leg. She has now pulled all the fur off from the front of her leg from about the elbow to the knuckle. My friend is taking her back to the vet tomorrow to see if they can give her something to calm her down when they go out like a prozac or something as they just don't know what to do with her next. Anybody have any ideas or thoughts they would be welcomed they have also tried using bitter spray on her leg but it doesn't make any difference, we are running out of ideas.....help?
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Old April 5th, 2011, 08:57 PM
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It could be allergies. My lab chews his one paw till its raw and bleeds,his ears are always itchy or infected. We just changed him to a non grain food. Im almost sure its the grain,but it could be chicken as well. Hes on a fish diet now. Hes showing good signs already,its been only 3 or 4 days. Stop chewing as much as he was,hes almost stopped fully. Talk with your vet about it,if they think its food related.
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Old April 5th, 2011, 09:53 PM
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Judging that she will chew higher up on her leg if it is bandaged I would suspect more of a behavior thing. However allergies shouldnt be ruled out.
How much excercise does Fergie get? Goldens and Poodles are both sporting dogs, with a lot of energy and if said energy is not drained adequately on a regular basis dogs can and do get bored and strange things like this could happen especially if it seems worse when they leave her alone.
I live by the saying " A tired dog is a good dog" if I am leaving my dogs alone for a period of time I make sure they are dead tired before I go. This way they are more inclined to rest and sleep than be destructive or obnoxious to neighbours.
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Old April 5th, 2011, 09:53 PM
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That's a tough call! Food allergies would usually show up on both paws equally, but what if it's an allergy to something else, like a spider bite? If it's separation anxiety, she shouldn't do it unless alone, but if she's reached the point of getting pleasure from endorphin release, that could explain why it's also occasionally while they're home.

I think you are on the right track to consider anxiety a possibility, with the allergy treatment not working. Hope the vet is able to come up with answers this time! I would suggest to your friend to pick up an E-collar at the vet tomorrow, to prevent the dog licking the leg while it heals or while they work on finding out what's going on. Licking can cause or worsen an irritation.
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Old April 5th, 2011, 10:01 PM
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E collar as in cone, not as in shock collar
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Old April 6th, 2011, 08:19 AM
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thanks guys as for food allergies they switched her to duck and potato food no change, but could be an environmental allergy? Boredom could be a possibility she is a high energy dog and being in a trailer park during the winter as they vacation in Texas, she can't roam free must be leashed so she don't burn off all her energy I'm sure. The E collar I must ask if they have one that would help her not chew I believe I have one from one of my dogs. Mind you my dog before Tucker had one on when we had his back dew claws removed and he would sit on the couch push the collar in and chew on his feet, had to take him in and get his feet restitched, never put anything past a dog.. I will get her to ask her vet for a collar when she goes today. Thanks for the ideas guys, we will see what her vet says.
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Old April 6th, 2011, 09:48 AM
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Roaming free hardly gives mental stimulation or adequate physical excercise, If I had this dog with this problem and history come here, First thing I would be focused on is keeping her mentally stimulated and physically drained with structured excercise. Thats just me though.
I really think in this case some structure and excercise could help.
Sounds to me to be a boredom thing that relieves stress.
Could you talk to the owners about increasing actual mental and physical stimulation/ excercise at all?
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Old April 6th, 2011, 02:13 PM
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My Airedale used to lick one front paw when he was stressed or sensed stress in the household. Similar to when parrot birds pluck their feathers due to stress or boredom.
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Old April 6th, 2011, 06:39 PM
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She got home from the vet shes on drugs again antibiotics and antihistamines, she thinks she suffers from seperation anxiety. Erykah1310 I also agree she needs more exercise and stimulation, the problem is when she is on the trailer park she doesn't get it. When she is at their home or at my cottage she runs and plays, chuckit with her owner or runs with an atv. She also plays with my border collie which gives her both exercise and stimulation as he is a crafty little bugger and loves to hide and play chase, but when they go down south for the winter she doesn't get it as she has to stay on leash. The biggest problem now is that they have sold their home and will be living in the trailer year round as they are both retired and are gonna travel. I know with Tucker if I can get him to do new things not even so much exercise that it tires him out more, but I don't know how much of this they do or can do with her.
Does anyone have some really good ideas that they could do with her in the confines of a trailer or while on leash that would be physical or mental stimulation.
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Old April 6th, 2011, 07:48 PM
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Treadmil if one is available,are they able to walk her,even a good 30-45 min walk is enough but it all depends. You(they) might need to walk her a little longer,every dog is different.You can even get her to pull something behind her on a walk to make it more of a workout. Like a wagon with some kind of weight in it.

Do you know or have an idea of who her anxiety is triggered from ? There are ways you can teach her that might help get rid of this. Like have the person(s) she is triggered by do their usual ritual to leave. But only leave for a little bit,im not sure if she barks when left. Or shows signs of the anxiety as soon as you leave. but slowly reward good behavior when you leave for little amounts of time.Then increase the amounts of time.again reward good behavior. eventually her mind will get used to you coming back and she might not have these symptoms anymore.
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Old April 7th, 2011, 02:03 PM
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Thanks for the ideas Brandon the treadmill or wagon thing since they will be living in a 27 foot trailer I can't see happening as they wouldn't have enough room. I know they take her for a walk before they go out, but maybe not a long enough one but then with Fergie that would take a long time to tire her out on a walk she is only about 20 months old and full of energy. I have never seen her get anxious when they leave, and no she doesn't bark I have seldom heard her bark at anything. I just spent a week with them in Nashville, and they take her for a walk give her a kong filled with treats and just leave her no big deal is made and I don't see her going crazy or panicking. I have seen her whine a bit when I have stayed with her and they left but nothing serious and maybe only for a couple of minutes. Sometimes we were out for a short time when we left her in Nashville and sometimes for a few hours. Twice we came back in the week and she had taken off her bandages and chewed on her leg and her kong was left untouched until be got back.She was normally asleep on the couch when we got back, but I know dogs get into the most trouble just after you leave them??? Just don't know?
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Old April 7th, 2011, 07:51 PM
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no problems,im not sure then why she does that then. Other option is agility classes. As for the anxiety im not a specialist lol,so you might have to talk with your vet like you are and just trial and error untill you figure it out. Good luck !
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