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Species: dog | Category: general | Submitted: 27 September 2007 02:00AM | viewed 5634 times
Q Marie asks:

Jasper has itching on his lower back above the base of his tail. He has a large scab about 4 inches in diameter but he doesn't have fleas. What causes this and how do I treat it?

Q Our vet says: What a lovely looking dog!

Are you sure there are no fleas? You may not be able to see them and just one bite can be enough to set off a bad reaction. If you are not using regular flea control at the moment this should be your starting point - regardless of whether you have seen a flea or not. Sorry to go on about fleas but they are a major cause of skin problems and it is common for owners to not realise unless there is a huge infestation which can actually be seen.

There are obviously many other problems which can cause dogs to be very itchy and it can be quite difficult to diagnose the problem sometimes. Often there is an allergy involved; your vet may be able to help to find out what is causing the problem. You should take Jasper along to your vet so that treatment can be given to relieve the itch and hopefully make Jasper better.

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