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I have a 2 year old golden and for the past 6 months he has been licking a spot right on top of his paw, maybe a little ways up the paw but on the top side. It used to be both paws but i was able to discourage it with negative reinforcement and he kept away from one of the legs which ended up completely healing.

After a while i realized i wasn't going to be able to heal his arm this way because while he knew it was naughty to lick his paws in front of me, he would do it when i let him out or when i went to work. I went to the vet and she gave me a wrap that i could put around his leg that had a battery in it. It would give him a little zap if he licked it. Tried it myself and it was not pleasant. Within 3 days it was gone.

Next i tried wrapping it with vet wrap, then a velcro strap, then tape (it wasn't too tight) and to make sure he would have trouble reaching it i put a tube from petsmart on his collar. Using this setup, he was free and licking his wound in less than 30 minutes.

I was using a dog door to get him into the garage while I was at work so i was trying to avoid the cone of shame but that was what had to be done. So he's had the cone on since the beginning of August. I was able to get it completely healed up but when i took the cone off he started licking again right away.

Tired of the cone, i went to petsmart again and got some of the Grannicks bitter apple spray and I have been coating his paws with it morning, noon, 5:00 and usually once before bed. Within 2 days he's got his hotspot back to 100% of what it used to be.. Sorry for the novel but I just don't know what to do. He's been treated with frontline and his vet checkup was in June and they didnt see anything wrong with his health other than his hotspot. Any thoughts? Thank you!
 

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How awful for you both.
I think that you really need to look into why he is feeling the need to lick and get to the source of the problem. It would drive me crazy if I had an itch that I was not allowed to soothe or scratch.

Have you tried the basics?
Changing his food to be grain free and preservative free.
Giving him fish oil?
Going to another vet for more advice?
Removed as many chemicals as you can from his environment?
Going to a specialist???

Being itchy is horribly uncomfortable. Sometimes it can be a great mystery. I hope that you get to the bottom of things!!! Please keep us updated.
 
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