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Q: Why fur is missing on both front paws of my dog?

January 15, 2009 | By Gleb S. | 5 answers | Expired: 2092 days ago

Gleb S.

I have found many months ago that on one of the legs near the top claw (the fifth, the one that is above the other four and does not touch the ground) there is an area with fur missing. I think my dog is chewing it but I am not 100% sure. Recently however, I have found that fur is missing also exactly symmetrically on the other paw. I went to the vet and he agreed with my guess that it was "boredom" chewing. Indeed, my dog could not do much exercise before due her torn ligament. However, now the ligament seems to be not an issue any more and we gradually increase walks and exercises. Anyway, the vet prescribed synotic banamine to apply topically on the spots with missing fur. I have been doing it for two weeks but it has not help. I called another vet and asked his opinion. He, based on what I told him, suggested that it may be also allergy (which according to him are frequent in winter). He prescribed steroid orally. We have been taking it for a few days now. However, the area seems to be increasing in size (a little) and now has some red spots (blood). Any suggestions from the people who have had experience with similar cases?

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KCsMom
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Jan 19, 2009

i don't know why i can't get the word off the tip of my tongue!
I have had pups that i raise for NEADS that had these small spots of fur missing....it began on the jawline and at first was barely noticeable...then it got larger, and there was also a couple spots like you say on the foot just abouve the ankle...when i went to the vet, they did a scraping of the affected area....i wish i could pull that word off of my tongue...but basically it is a mild form of mange, which is essentially, mites! once the vet scraped the areas they took the specimen in the other room and viewed it under a microscope...they gave me a small bottle of greyish brown ointment to apply frequently to the affected areas....and had me bring him back in a couple weeks to see if it had stopped the spread of the mites...
also i will tell you that i had a dog get his foot broken when he was being handled outside of my home by another person, he spent several weeks laid up with his whole leg in a wrapping...after the wrapping was removed and he was considered healed, he would still lick and fuss over this spot on his foot! if i ca recall the exact name of the illness and the med i will write yo with the info....

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Courtney H.
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Jan 15, 2009

One of my dogs recently had a pretty bad sore on her leg. It was a cyst that she would not leave alone and it became an open wound. She would let it heal and then I assume it started to itch as it would heal and she would start bugging it again. I used liquid Vitamin E twice a day and really rubbed it on the hairless spot and it worked wonders. She finally left it alone and it has now healed.

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Carolyn C.
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Jan 15, 2009

It sounds like "hot spots" to me, which means that your dog is compulsively licking at/chewing on these spots, to the point where all the hair is gone and it starts to bleed. You may have to use an E-collar to get the dog to break the habit, or a topical preparation that doesn't taste good sometimes works. It's like a child who sucks his thumb. It's a hard habit to brea.

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Sistertex
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Jan 15, 2009

Perhaps it might have started as pain in the area or irritation and now has developed into some sort of comforting habit??? You could having a look into his diet, perhaps he can't handle gluten, or grains. That might be something to look at. You might also try some Sulfadene on the areas that are being licked so much.

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Katie F.
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Jan 15, 2009

It is the Dew claw :)

Have you witnessed the biting/chewing? The blood marks could be purely from that and just because he has healed from the leg issue doesn't mean he hasn't gotten a little habit out of it.

Get him a Kong and fill it with PB and food to occupy him, keep checking to see how the spots are.

I would almost be willing to bet this is just a behavior thing since the meds are not working.

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