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24 Aug 2000
I have a flea collar on my dog,
but he still lifts his hind legs and scratches his sides. Why?
If your pet is experiencing one or more of the following symptoms he/she could
have a skin condition:
1. hair loss
2. bald patches
3. redness of skin
5. excessively oily or dry skin
There are many potential causes
for skin problems. The most common are fleas, mites, fungal infections,
bacterial infections, and allergies. Please have your pet seen by your
veterinarian so that he/she can determine the exact cause of your pet's problem
and get your pet some much needed relief.
If you need a veterinarian,
please contact me and let me know your address and I will try to locate a vet
near you, or just go to www.vetsmart.com
and look for your self.
What can I do to stop the extreme scratching and dry flaky skin around my
dogs lower back and tail?
In 80% of dogs and cats who scratch excessively around the lower back and tail
are related to flea allergies. It only takes one flea to bite an allergic pet to
set off the allergic reaction. I recommend putting your dog on a premium dog
food such as Science Diet, Waltham, Iams, Eukanuba, or Purina proPlan. Also
consider a fatty acid supplement like derm caps to help replace the oils and
Antihistamines such as Benadryl
or Hydroxyzine can be helpful (talk with your veterinarian about a dose for your
dog), and they can work synergistically (1 + 1 = 4) with fatty acids to help
stop itching. Hypoallergenic conditioning shampoos and conditioners with oatmeal
(Allegroom or Hylyte shampoo, and something like Resi-Prox leave on conditioner)
can also be very beneficial. Most importantly, though, is a good flea control
program. Generally the monthly leave on products like Advantage work best on the
pet because the flea does not have to bite the dog before it dies. Treating the
house and yard are also very important since 95% of the flea population is
actually developing in the environment and only 5% are adults living on the pet.