Our golden retriever, Tackle, gets what the vet calls “hot spots” on his skin. They are sores, usually on his front paws, that he licks continuously until all the hair is gone. I won’t go into details…it is pretty gross. Usually, we can put some medicine on them, along with a lamp-shade type doggy collar to keep him from licking until the spot heals.
This winter, Tackle has had these spots continuously. We have tried a lot of different tests and medicines (expensive) to no avail. Either he wears the lamp-shade, or he licks. There is no in-between. The vet has two final suggestions…doggy anti-depressants or get another dog to keep him entertained.
I’m against both. Not that it really matters…I only get my way when death is on the line. The vet thinks he’s bored. I’ve always maintained he is too stupid to get bored. We will try the pills and give him some more play-dates with his doggy buddies.
Are two dogs twice the trouble? I’ve never had more than one at a time.