Desperate for answers- Chewing back paws to death!
Hi, as the title reads, I am desperate for help. I posted here a few years ago when considering adding a second dog to my family. Well, I did, and then I added another. I have 3 dogs now.
This problem is with my 3rd dog, Lucy. Lucy is a 2.5 year old Chihuahua/Dotson rescue from the county pound. I've had her for a bit over a year. From the start, Lucy was a tough case. When we got her, she had severe toy aggression, severe anxiety, and attacked (badly) my dog monkey on 2 occasions. She's gotten better mentally. Patience and love has really made her come around like you wouldn't believe.
However, about 6 months ago, she started chewing her back paws. She also started developing sores under her arm pits and occasional blisters on her stomach. I took her to the vet- the vet said food allergies. She was put on a pretty expensive limited ingredient duck and potato food (natural balance). This didn't help (but she's still on it). Back to the vet. Vet prescribed her Apoquil. I did some research on Apoquil before giving it to her. I came to the conclusion based on research that this seems to be the miracle/killer drug. There were so many accounts of dogs being immedietly cured of their allergies on this drug and then 6 months later their immune system starts to shut down and they're plagued with nose bleeds,seizures, comas, you name it. Stopping the med solves these problems in these cases. Needless to say, I was too scared to give this pill to my dog.
Back to the vet we went. This time (about a week ago), the vet prescribed Prozac for Lucy. She said the paw biting could be a mental thing since she is very clearly anxious/neurotic. The problem I have with this is that if it's mental and not allergenic, why are her arm pits/belly also extremely irritated and why does she develop blisters on her stomach? Also, why her back paws if it's mental? Her front paws are way more accesible (she's a bit fat) and her front paws are completely untouched. I've been giving Lucy the Prozac for about a week.
Today I got home from work and her paws are worse than ever. They're almost bloody! I truly don't know what to do at this point. I don't know where to turn. I feel like the vet isn't helping me and isn't taking the time to put any thought into this. I have no idea what to do for my dog. I don't make much money, but I'd spend my last penny to fix her issue. That being said, I can't waste much more money on care that isn't helping her only to end up back at the vet a few weeks or months later.
Has anyone ever had a situation like this- can anyone point me in the right direction on how to help her? Please help.