Saturday, January 12, 2008

Excessive Itching, Licking and Hot Spots - part I

From: Laura (USA)

Subject: Black Labrador Retriever with excessive itching, licking and Hot Spots - part I

Labrador Retriever Name: Deuce

Reader's E-mail - Laura Writes:

Hello, I have a 3 year old black lab named Deuce. He has always had problems with ear infections, however in the last several months has been excessively itching, has developed 2 hot spots, and is licking his paws non-stop. His paws have become so bad lately that he doesn’t want to go for runs without stopping. Any information you might be able to pass along would be extremely helpful. Thank you in advance for any advice you may have.

All About Labradors Blog Answer:

Hello Laura,

Thank you for writing and for visiting the All About Labradors blog. I'm sorry to hear about Deuce's condition.

In order for me to try to be of some help to you and Deuce, I will need you to give me some further information.

Please provide the answers the following questions, being as specific as possible:

Has Deuce ever been to a veterinarian for the ear infections?

What type of ear infections does he get? (bacterial, yeast, etc)

Does he have an ear infection now?

You stated " the last several months has been excessively itching", where has he been itchy? I understand the paws, but where else?

Any head tilting or shaking?

Any odor from the ears?

Any discharge from the ears?

Where are the hot spot located?

What do you fed Deuce? (food brand and flavor, treats, table scrapes, etc)

Is Deuce an inside dog or outside dog?

Is there a bad smell to the paw?

Is the paw red or swollen?

Any sores on the paws?

Has he ever had problems with his paws before?

Has there been any new places you have been taking Deuce since he developed the paw problem? (new walking paths, new dog parks, etc)

You said " the last several months", when did this start? (Jan, Feb) What was the weather like during that time frame in Colorado?

Any other medical problems with Deuce, now or in the past?

Laura, please get back to me at your earliest convenience with the answers to these questions.

Talk to you soon,

To Read part two of this e-mail visit: Excessive Itching, Licking and Hot Spots - part II

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Jennifer L.,  September 28, 2011 10:40 PM  

Hi, my names Jennifer and I have a 3 year old black labrador retriever, and she LOVES to eat socks, our old lab ate one or two and pooped them right out. However our new 3 year old dog Dakota can not pass the socks and has had 3 exploratory surgeries :(. We have hid all or socks it's not like they lie around the house she is the bed dog does not chew anything at all, she does not have any toys because she always chewed them. Our vet told us to put a mussel on her which we didn't want to do but we did anyway and she chewed it to 10000000 pieces! She's not hyper at all shes the best lab ever were doing our best we just don't want her to get another sock any suggestions or thing she has something wrong with her that she likes socks so much? And also she is alwayss licking us and giving us kisses all the time. Looking forward to hearing back to you!

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