Bulldog licking himself bald. FRUSTRATED.
Dutch is a 4yr altered male Old English Bulldog. Small for his breed, but perfect size for us. He's always been a bit...different. DH got him as a very small puppy about two months before we started dating, and he essentially came from a puppy mill (Poor DH didn't realize what was going on until much later). He was the last puppy in the litter, and was discounted significantly, which leads me to believe they had reasons. But anyway.
He is super attached to DH, who has been away for three weeks for training, and will be deploying in January for 6-9 months. He turns his attachment to me, which is fine, WHEN I'm here. He's not a Velcro dog; he's perfectly happy to lay on his bed while I watch TV, or snooze by the front door.
We also have a 3yr female GSD. They are completely attached at the hip. Think "Red Fern Grows" style.
Several weeks before DH left, we noticed what appeared to be a cut on Dutch's front leg, which he was constantly licking. We applied ointment, Irish Spring soap, no-chew, duct tape, gauze with electrical tape, and Vetricyn to try and get him to stop licking his damn leg. Pretty much nothing worked because he would lay in the yard all day while we were at work, licking his leg or chewing his redneck bandage off. I started taking both dogs to work with me (local horse farm) and the activity distracted him long enough for it to heal. YAY!
Last weekend I was gone, Th-Sun at a horse show, and had friends and neighbors keeping an eye on the dogs, stopping in to feed and play, etc. I get home, and there is a bald spot on a back leg now. It resembled a bite mark, and since the dogs play rough I didn't think much about it. Until I caught him licking it about ten minutes ago. I know it's a bald spot caused from him licking constantly. He has had licking issues since day one, mostly on his front legs, but never to this extent. I'm at a loss as to what to do. No chew sprays do nothing; he licks until they are gone (watched him do it). I take them to work with me most days, but I'm not able to be with him 24/7 to monitor the behavior.
Suggestions? Experiences? I'm about to buy an inflatable collar, or even a floatie, to keep him from licking himself raw. Given how hard they play, I bet it would last five minutes. Just SUPER frustrated right now, and looking for help.