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My Dog Keeps Biting and Scratching Herself, Recently Causing a Sore, Bald Patch on her Back. Any Suggestions?

She's about 5 years old, the runt of a litter of purebred Jack Russell terriers. She's never had many health problems before. A week or so ago, she started itching herself really frequently. I have her a bath yesterday, and haven't seen a single flea on her. Just today, she started biting herself on the back. I just noticed a large, sore bald spot on her back, close to her tail. It hurts if I touch it, but she keeps trying to bite. The vet won't open for another two days, and i don't know how to keep her from biting herself. Any help?

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A dog's back, right above the tail, is where the fleas hang out to eat when they are not actively feeding elsewhere on the dog's body. Get this poor baby some Frontline Plus and use it every month, whether or not you see any fleas. The point is to prevent fleas from getting on her, not to kill them after they have bitten her all over her body. Frontline will kill the fleas that are on her now, and will prevent any more from climbing aboard when she goes outside. :-)

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Thanks. I'll definitely pick some up when I can get to walmart.
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Thats the brand name I was going to give to her! (but I forgot the name)
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Yeah, FORGET the name! Hartz makes the drops too and they have literally identical ingredients, and it's less than half the price of Frontline and Pet Guard.
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It's true that there are new products that claim to be "generic" Frontline, but after reading many consumer reviews, and talking with the people in my veterinarian's office, I have found that they do not stand up under scrutiny.

The problem is not with the active ingredients (the pesticide), it is with the inactive ingredients (the solution that spreads the product over the dog's body). I have read review after review, and had them verified by my veterinarian, and the problem is that the product does not spread over the dog's body, but stays only where it is applied.

This means that when the "generics" are applied to the dog's body, they stay between the dog's shoulder blades, and the fleas continue to live on and bite the dog everywhere else on his body. Sometimes you really do get what you pay for.
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Veterinarians are trained in the health field. Fleas, ticks, parasites and diets are considered wellness, which vets are not thoroughly trained in. Most schools offer minimal training in those kinds of things... For example; if you ask a vet what the best dog food is, 90% of them will say Iams. Which is s complete joke because Iams is full of vegetables, wheats and grains which do severe NEGATIVE damage to carnivores Like dogs...
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There are veterinarians who are extremely well-versed in these things. The two things are not mutually exclusive. Nutrition has such a large impact on a dog's health that I can't imagine a vet who is ignorant of that fact. If you and I know that dogs don't need fruit, vegetables and grain in their food, why wouldn't a vet know it?

Anyone with half a brain can figure out that dog food companies put those things in dog food for the humans, not the dog. There are millions of people who treat their dogs like little dollies, dressing them up in little outfits and completely robbing them of their great dignity as wolves and the only beings on the planet capable of love without condition.

They pay extra money for food that has bits of rotten fruits and veggies in it because they eat fruit and vegetables, and now their dogs do, too. Stupid, stupid humans. Dogs are wolves, they are not bears. Bears eat nuts and berries, wolves eat meat.

In my part of the country, at least half of our vets' business comes from people who are in despair over their poor dog's skin allergies. I can't speak for all vets, but mine is very educated about the role that food plays in dogs' allergies and skin conditions. He provides many different kinds of food that helps him determine what a dog is allergic to. One of the first things he did when I had my first dog with skin allergies was prescribe a food with a kind of meat in it that Willy had never eaten, so he could see if the allergies let up with a change in diet. Among other things, his prescription dog foods include duck and kangaroo. A person in Texas can be reasonably certain that their dog has never eaten kangaroo meat.

Not everyone is so ignorant or so poorly educated that they can't work all these things out in their minds. I don't know what they are teaching vets where you live, but my vet is as well-versed in his profession as any medical doctor.
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Your lucky to have half way intelligent vets in your area... Hahaha. It took me 5 years straight if research to prove to my parents that I know enough about dogs to have my own. And now, my german shepherd that i have raised by myself is far better trained and fed than our familes american mastiff.I can honestly go to the vets office and tell people twice the information about their dogs that the vet would even think of... And they tried making me pay $30 for a fecal exam, when I learned how to do that the first week of Intro. to Agriculture in freshman year...
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She might have two many ticks and fleas on her. Go to your local vet for droplets that can kill fleas and ticks.

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Any suggestions to keep her from biting? The vet doesn't open for two days.
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Did you look REALLY closely at her fur?
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Yeah. Spent about half an hour combing through her back.
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Try to make a cardboard "cone" around her head.
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Thanks. I'll give that a try
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Your welcome! :)
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Did you notice that my pic has a Shiba Inu in it?
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She could be anxious or restless. Try keeping her occupied or go to walmart and buy some itch reliever spray so it won't itch quite so much. Also, I did this for my dog when he does this, you could buy some gauze or a baby onesy to cover the spot and keep him from gnawing. :)

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How did you keep the gauze on?
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Wrap it around his bun a few times or loop it around his thighs before tying or pinning it to another peice.
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If you are going to start wrapping your dog in gauze, please be careful that it does not cut off her circulation, especially if you wrap it around her legs. I really hope that she feels better soon. It is so hard to see your beloved dog suffering through such misery, especially when there is so little you can do.

I almost forgot to tell you that you can very safely give your dog Benedryl (diphenhydramine) for the itching. I have given all of my dogs Benedryl at one time or another, and my current dog has to have it every time she is bitten by a flea.

Here are the dosing instructions: 30 lbs. or less = 10mg, 30-50 lbs. = 25mg, and 50+ lbs. = 50mg. This is a great website where you can read all about it: http://benadrylfordogs.org/ It even mentions the exact problem that your doggy is having. I wish you and your baby the best of luck--I'm sure she will feel better very soon. :-)
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Try some natural aloe from a plant or a small dose of children's Benadryl. Could be Canine Acral Lick if it's just the rear end of her, Please take her to the vet first thing Monday morning. Covering the spot won't make her stop itching. God bless her!

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Thank you very much for your concern. Trust me, I'm getting her to the vet as early as possible Monday. I understand she'll still itch if it's covered, I just want to try to prevent any more damage.
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Hope she's doing better now.
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It's most likely allergies. My German Shepherd has been doing the SAME thing recently at it sucks cause I want show him...

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