Q. Excessive itching on his back side leading to his tail

Tue, Dec 13, 2022

I've looked for fleas which I haven't seen any, bathed him with flea shampoo, and also sensitive shampoo. Brushed him I've noticed the itching does get worse once he goes outside but the itching has now lead to hair loss and sometimes the skin breaks open but it looks like it has turned into a calus on his back

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Thank you for using our service. Based on the symptoms you have described, it is possible that your dog is experiencing an allergic reaction to something in his environment or diet. Allergies can cause excessive itching and hair loss, and can sometimes lead to skin irritation and infection.

If your dog is experiencing severe symptoms or if the symptoms persist despite your efforts to treat them, it may be necessary to take him to a veterinarian for further evaluation and treatment. In the meantime, here are some things you can try to help your dog:

- Keep your dog clean: Regular bathing with a gentle, hypoallergenic shampoo can help to remove allergens from your dog's skin and coat. This can help to reduce itching and irritation.
- Avoid potential allergens: If you think your dog may be allergic to something in his environment, try to avoid exposing him to it. For example, if you think your dog is allergic to a certain type of grass, try to keep him away from that grass.
- Change your dog's diet: If you think your dog may be allergic to something in his food, try switching to a different brand or type of dog food. Look for a food that is specifically designed for dogs with allergies, and avoid foods that contain common allergens like corn, soy, and wheat.
- Provide your dog with relief: There are several over-the-counter medications that can help to relieve your dog's symptoms. For example, you can try giving your dog an antihistamine to help reduce itching, or you can use a topical ointment or cream to soothe irritated skin.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.