Stop licking your paw little buddy. No, really.. stop.
February 5, 2014 12:19 PM Subscribe
My dog, aka the world's sweetest corgi, won't stop licking his paw. He's been wearing the cone of shame now for six months. What are we or the vet not thinking of? What else can we try?
posted by matty to Pets & Animals (32 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
It all started with a granuloma on his paw that was irritating him. So the vet removed it and patched him up and things healed up nicely. The cone was put on till the paw healed. And yay, it healed! And then we took the cone off. He started licking his paw again. We came home from work and he had licked his paw RAW. Bloody raw. Back to the vet we go... After some lab work, an x-ray, and a diagnosis of nothing physically wrong, the cone went back on and started him on some anti-anxiety and anti-bacterial creams. Several weeks later he's all healed up and the cone comes off! And the licking instantly begins, so the cone goes back on.
- We've tried clove oil... that worked for a week until he suddenly decided he liked the taste. Cone went back on.
- Pepper Oil... check. Cone back on.
- Supervised increasing time with cone off. Check. Obsessive licking of paw begins. Cone back on.
- Anti-anxiety meds, salves, creams, x-rays, physical exams, bloodworm. Check, check, and check. Obsessive licking continues.
What are we or the vets not thinking of? The only time he's not interested in licking his paw into a bloody pulp is when he's eating or being taken for a walk. If it helps he's an 11 year old male Pembroke Corgi. What do we do? Is he going to have to spend the rest of his life wearing the cone of shame?