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Excessive itching
Hair loss

He itches constantly and he has no fleas he has chewed a large raw patch on his back leg

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The symptoms you've described in your Labrador—constant itching, redness, hair loss, and the development of a large raw patch on his back leg—suggest that he may be experiencing a skin condition. Even though you've ruled out fleas with the use of chewables or pills, there are several other potential causes for these symptoms.

One common cause could be allergies, which can be to food, environmental factors like pollen, or even to household products. Allergies can cause intense itching and subsequent skin damage due to scratching and chewing. Another possibility is a skin infection, such as a bacterial or fungal infection, which can also lead to itching and red, raw areas.

To help your dog, you can start by preventing further damage to the affected area. An Elizabethan collar (cone) can be useful to stop him from chewing on the raw patch, allowing it to heal. Additionally, bathing your dog with a gentle, hypoallergenic shampoo can soothe irritated skin. However, it's important not to over-bathe, as this can dry out the skin and exacerbate the problem.

Applying a veterinarian-approved topical ointment or cream to the raw area can also help with healing and provide some relief from the itching. Make sure the product is safe for dogs and won't cause further irritation if licked off.

In terms of environmental management, try to keep your dog away from areas where he may be exposed to allergens. Regularly wash his bedding and any areas where he spends a lot of time to reduce potential allergens.

If the itching is severe, you might consider an over-the-counter antihistamine specifically formulated for dogs, but it's crucial to get the correct dosage based on your dog's weight and to ensure the product is safe for canine use.

Be on the lookout for signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, pus, or a foul odor from the affected area. These symptoms, along with any changes in behavior like lethargy, loss of appetite, or significant changes in drinking or urination habits, should prompt an immediate visit to a veterinary facility for further evaluation and treatment.

Remember, these steps are to provide some relief and prevent further self-inflicted injury. Identifying and treating the underlying cause is essential for long-term resolution, which may require diagnostic tests such as skin scrapings, allergy testing, or a food elimination trial under the guidance of a veterinarian.

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