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Why does my 10 yr old golden retriever scratch mself and

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Why does my 10 yr old golden retriever scratch himself and chew his tail
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Ann M. replied 1 year ago.

Hi there and thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I am a licensed, internship-trained veterinarian with 10 years experience in general medicine and emergency and critical care medicine and I would be happy to assist you. Please be patient as there may be slight delays in responses as I research your pet's issue.

How long has this been going on? The tail and lower back are most common places for fleas to bother dogs... are you quite certain there are no fleas? You would part the fur over the back and the base of the tail and check for little spots that look like black pieces of soil.