I don't want to bring my corgis back to the vet again, hoping for some advice

Our yard is quite sandy and frequently has ants and other such items so I put poison down to keep control of them but it never fails my corgis seem to be getting ate up by something outside. I havent put stuff down in sometime and I go out there and look and there is nothing out there.   Last time I brought Bonnie to the vet because I thought it was something more, she said just give her a benadryl to help her through the itching. Well that is good and all helped the first time.  I wash them not often but make sure it is oatmeal bath. She healed through that and all was good and then started biting at herself again.  I don't know what it is.

It only occurs on what is closest to the ground, paws and hind legs and butt, but I don't see anything outside that could have bit them, unless mosquitos.  They are up to date on shots, use frontline and heartguard like clockwork.  Use that blue stuff when they get an area they have ate at and made miserable.  When one of them jumps and tries to reach something at their butt of leg, I have immediately tried to check it out to see if I can see a flea or mosquito or something but never see anything.  It happens to my other corgi Romeo too just not as bad.  We have had these corgis for years and the has only been happening for the last two years I would guess. I am tempted to shave them but I imagine that would give them less protection.  I just don't know what it could be or what to do about it. I hate to see them miserable, especially Bonnie because she always wants up in my lap so she can reach her butt, otherwise she falls over. HAHA- it was kind of cute in the beginning but now is just a pain.  My husband says she is manipulating me because she never itches until I get home.  These dogs are incredibly spoiled and get much love and attention so I don't think they are trying for more attention.

I am a lost corgi owner..

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Comment by Brandy Harper on February 7, 2012 at 1:22pm

Thank you for the advice, because I never even thought of fleas since at one time we too had a horrible infestistation when we had a chow that t was crazy, I saw those.  And just assumed that with Frontline she should be fine and we arent getting bit.  I will try changing them back to advantage and spraying outside and see what happens

Comment by Melissa and Franklin! on February 7, 2012 at 10:32am

If it happens to both dogs I am guessing the vet won't be able to help. I would switch flea products for a few months, go from Frontline to Advantix (if you need tick control) or Advantage or Comfortis if you don't need tick control. A few years ago I had a flea infestation from who knows where even though my dogs were on sentinel (flea and heartworm med) AND Frontline. Turns out the fleas just kind of got immune to the Frontline and it quit working. I used Comfortis for a few months and the problem went away. A good way to check to see if it is fleas is give a capstar and lock them on a white surface (like kitchen floor). You will see dead fleas within a half hour if it is a flea problem. If its not a flea problem shaving their legs up to the knee area would probably be a good idea just to see what is going on and that won't affect them too much. Its shaving the areas where there is a double coat that causes the issues with insulation and really screws up the hair growth. In fact if you went to the vet and said they are chewing the paws the first thing the vet would do is probably shave their feet. Good luck and keep us posted!

Comment by Snickmom on February 7, 2012 at 10:25am

My dogs were itching a lot and it seems that we had brought fleas in from the park or somewhere. I read up on them and it takes time to get rid of them. The Frontline kills the flea after it bites the dog, but then another flea jumps on the dog and bites her. You can try spraying the yard for fleas, washing all the bedding, vacuuming really well, (throw the bag out after) then just wait. I would suggest putting her down whenever she starts scratching on your lap. Laps are for cuddling only. PS- there is never enough attention.

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