Thank you so much for your response to my query, Dr. Draper! I got my little Diego in to the vet, and it was in fact a mild dermatitis. He is on Clavamox for a week and also Animax for temporary topical treatment. Three days later, he's doing much better! We also found he had a little fluid in one anal gland, so we're adjusting his dry and wet food mix to go a little bit heavier on the dry side to firm up his stools so we don't run into future trouble with the glands. Lastly we opted for a complete blood work-up as he is a rescue dog and don't know his health history - good news there too! He's perfectly healthy!
Again, a big thank you from me and from Diego!View Thread
I have a Chihuahua mix that has just started episodes of licking at his paws, rolling on the rug and then immediately sniffing the rug. I've read a few other discussions that suggest it may be allergies. His diet has been constant for the past 5 months, however he has only started doing this the past 2 days, so I'm unsure if it would be a food allergy. Nothing new has been brought into the environment. He's not scooting his butt on the floor, so I don't believe it's the anal glands. I gave him a good bath, but that only helped for a half an hour or so. He's sleeping fine, plays, and otherwise doesn't seem to be uncomfortable. He is a rescue dog that I've been caring for while we try to find his owner, so I don't know his health history, but I've not seen this behavior in the prior five months. Wondering if I should wait a day or two to see if this continues, try Benadryl or make an appointment with the vetrinarian. Any input would be greatly appreciated!View Thread