Dog biting back legs

by Terra

my dog is biting himself all over his back legs etc, we shaved him because we thought he had hot spots upon shaving him we realised he had dark blue spots in the bitten areas surrounded by a red rash throughout his back. Is this a fungus and how do we treat it?

Hi Terra,

Sorry to hear about your dog's problem. A hot spot is usually just a single spot of inflammation. I think the blue spots you are seeing are brusises from the biting. I doubt this is a fungus, by guessing I would say it would be more likely be fleas due to the location. Allergies could be another cause, but usually don't present like this. Before you treat for fleas, see your vet to determine the exact cause so the treatment can specifically treat the problem.


Dr. Chris

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Jun 22, 2011
by: Anonymous

This seems to be a bad year for fleas. I have 2 dogs a pug and a sheperd mix. We have given them 2 doses of Hartz flea medicine and I put flea powder on the floor, but the fleas are still on the dogs! I even bought the 30-60 lb dose and it has little effect on them. Isabelle, the sheperd mix has biten all the fur off her back legs. She wont come out from under the end table,she just whines all the time. We got a lice comb and have been trying to pick them off of her that way too. Ugh! Do the fleas build up a tolerence to flea medicine?

May 14, 2011
my dog bites his back paw
by: Anonymous

I have a Lhaso Apso male who occasionally lies and chews his bag paws he's been doing it for some time now and I am just confused to why? I got told off a friend it could be because he's depressed which would be a reason as I had a dog doe 18 years who passed a couple of years ago? Could this be the reason to why this is happening?

Jan 29, 2011
Please help my dog
by: Martina

My dog she is biting her back and she is itching a lot. I tryd Shampoo and Front line. Sometime she smell like Corn chips too.How can i help her?

Apr 24, 2010
maybe a reason for dog biting its fur off.
by: Anonymous

My dog, a lab, always had fur problems, biting scratching loss of fur. After years of treating him for the problems, a vet said try getting him different food. I now use Nutra for the last 2 years and his fur is beautiful! Apparently he was alergic to the regular food ( from grocery store) and the new food worked wonders. It actually took going through a few different bags until it just stopped. Thankfully!

Jan 06, 2009
Dog chewing on front and back paws until they bleed and are scarred Please help!!!!!
by: ladyredfiend

I have a similar problem with my dog He has been chewing his left front paw and left back paw for the last 2-3 years Its to the point where its literally open wounds on top of scars I dont know what to do other than clean it and continue to wrap it up to prevent him from making it any worse He doesnt have fleas though Im going to be taking him into the vet very soon But first i wanted to see if its necessary and i need some time to put the money together to pay for the vet bill I dont know what it is or what to do It doesnt seem like it itches him But then again You never know He has had some behavior problems in the past and the present Such as biting when he gets spooked He gets scared at little noises like blowing rasberries etc He gets very jealous over other dogs Other people Cats birds mice etc I dont know if its depression because he has a good life He doesnt get abused He gets so much love from everyone His environment is clean So im confused on what the cause of this is What it is And what to do to make the problem go away If anyone knows what this problem is Can you please respond Only serious answers only though please Thank you for listening and I hope someone can help me in this dilemma I hope to hear from someone soon You can send me a msg at bigredsmommy@hotmail.com Thank you again!

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