Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Such a profoundly affected dog needs to be attended to by his vet at your earliest convenience if only to have an Elizabethan color or neck brace fit on him so he can't continue to mutilate himself. An allergic dermatitis
or perhaps underlying osteoarthritic pain need to be considered as instigators of his behavior
and so a thorough physical exam and perhaps X-rays will be needed to clarify the etiology so that therapy can be tailored to Sammy.
Please note that a no meal diet isn't necessarily hypoallergenic
to Sammy. Beef, chicken
, corn, wheat, eggs
, rice, and soy are the most common offending food allergens in dogs. While a food intolerance should be a consideration in Sammy, atopic dermatitis
(allergies to environmental allergens such as pollens, molds, dust, and dust mites) and a flea saliva allergy are more commonly found.
I would expect some combination of a tranquilizer, systemic corticosteroid, and antibiotic to be prescribed in addition to the E-collar or neck brace. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.