|Oso has tortured his front legs by chewing|
|Although Nuka is hereditarily cursed with bad skin, she is not helping by her chewing|
The WDA gets vitamin supplements, are bathed/groomed with gentle herbal shampoos that contain skin conditioners, and eat fresh mackerel as their main protein (which has tons of skin and coat benefits). Steve has even tried rubbing the hot spots with vitamin e oil. We have ruled out mites, fungus, bacteria, diseases.
I took a page from when my dad was trying to break my youngest sister of sucking her fingers. We covered the well-licked leg parts with hot sauce (forgetting that the WDA lives in the land of spicy foods), mustard (Nuka actually thought this made the fur taste BETTER), the fridge yielded no help.
The cupboard produced a bottle of distilled white vinegar that we use for cleaning because it is non-toxic to pets. "Why not," White Dog prompted (I know she was experimental mostly because SHE wasn't the subject), "it stinks, tastes awful, what have you got to lose? Give it a try!"
Know what? It works! Of course, the house smells like we color eggs year round but neither Oso nor Nuka will chew when the vinegar is applied...and the deterrent last almost all day. Finally their furry white bodies can heal the rawness...and I don't stay awake worrying that they will cause an infection in themselves.
Of course, WD reminded me, there IS always the taped-on sock!