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My dog wont stop biting his tail. Right now his tail is blood

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My dog won't stop biting his tail. Right now his tail is blood and scabs. I have him in a cone and he still gets to it. I don't know what to do. He just will not stop.

What kind of dog is this?

How old is he?

What meds is he on?

What is the cause of the biting- fleas, allergies, wound?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

He is a chow-beagle mix.

5 years old

No meds

Vet said maybe allergies. We have tried different foods/diet. He has no fleas. His tail has wounds from his biting. He does it until its a bloody mess. He just sits and whines in pain/discomfrot

Ok thanks.

The underlying cause is likely allergies. It could be flea allergy if he's not on any flea meds. Even if you don't see fleas, there could still be biting and then the fleas jumping off leaving behind the signs of allergies. I would make sure he's on flea meds like Frontline monthly.

As for the tail, I would get a larger e-collar or even one of the stop bite collars. You'll have to use something so he can't reach the tail. I know it's not easy, but you need to find something that works. To help with the itching, you can pick up some Benadryl and give it at a dose of 1-2 mg per lb every 6-8 hours.

The other option would be to amputate the tail. I know it sounds a bit extreme, but this is often needed in dogs with tail wounds as they are not easy to get to heal. This would remove the source of discomfort.

You may also talk to your vet about adding some pain meds- I like Rimadyl + Gabapentin +/- Tramadol for these to help blunt any pain response that can lead to biting.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
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