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Old 10-16-2015, 01:55 PM
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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.
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Old 10-16-2015, 03:09 PM
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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
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If this is the ONLY spot she is biting, it may be pain? I'd have the vet x-ray her back and tail to make sure that this area is OK. If you are near a physical therapist for animals, you could have her evaluated for low back pain.

If you are feeding a grain-free diet, and that does not resolve the biting (it may take 4-6 weeks) then I'd go with the above. Have you ever had her in a collar that makes it impossible for her to get to her back? I have a rubber inflatable one that is nicer for the dog, than the regular plastic 'cone'.
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I agree with bothe ladies, it could be pain or allergies. The best thing you can do is get her to a vet to first rule out any medical conditions. From there, I'd address the diet issues. It seems like the owner before hadn't addressed this problem. Good luck

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If she is only biting around the tail area my first thought would be anal glands. When anal glands are full or blocked dogs commonly bite and scratch this area. Does she have fishy breath ever? That is another symptom of an anal gland issue
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She has been on a grain free diet since I've had her. She does get people food but it's not scraps. It's food that is cooked for the dogs. Fresh meat, mostly chicken and fresh vegetables. Dry dog food is left down for them all the time and they pick at it all day. Treats are freeze dried beef liver with no additives. Dog food is grain free. She does not have any kind of bad breath fishy or otherwise. I will get my vet to check her for pain, but she really doesn't act like she's in pain. I don't know if chicken is a high allergy food. Beef is so expensive. Hope I don't have to change her to that.
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Peso is allergic to chicken.... he scratches and bites when he sneaks food from Kodys plate...... takes him a couple of days to settle out again.....
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is her itchy problem year round or is it all the time ? I know you've only had her for a short time but has she had the itchies the whole time ?

also, look at the ingredients in the dry food your feeding her. what protein is in the dry food ?
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