Originally Posted by manydogz
I hope someone here can help me figure out what's wrong with Shayna. Shayna is a five year old chocolate with white chi. I got her about 7 months ago from my neighbor who was moving. I've known her since the day she was born. Shayna is constantly biting and scratching her back right above her tail. I checked her for fleas, etc. Nothing, but I gave her a flea bath anyway and there were no dead ones. She has not lost any hair. No hot spots. No dry skin. No bumps or bites. But she still scratches and gnaws at this one spot. At one point I thought it might be an anxiety problem, but when I really thought about that I decided it wasn't likely. Besides the fact that she's known me all her life we've had a relationship all that time, too. She seemed to prefer to be with me rather than her owner and would sit by her side of the fence and call me to come outside and visit with her. Shayna's preference for me is the reason Diane gave her to me when she moved. Anyway, I called Diane and she told me that scratching and biting is not a new thing. Any ideas anyone has are greatly appreciated. I'm at a loss. All thunk out.
sounds like Shayna has allergies. it could be environmental allergies or it could be allergergies to her food.
I would start by changing her food . you should pick a dog food with a limited amount of ingredients in it. what are you feeding her now ?
then, after picking a food to switch her to , you need to keep her on that food for at least a few weeks to see if it makes any difference. don't give her anything else to eat while observing . like no table scaps. its even best not to give her any treats while trying to figure this out cause it could be the treats she may be allergic too.
it can be very frustrating trying to figure out what causes your dogs allergies . good luck . I hope you can figure it out soon