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One of my shih tzus is scratching.. his brother shows no

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one of my shih tzus is scratching.. his brother shows no signs of any itching. I have used special shampoo and spray and I have seen no visible fleas-could it be something other than fleas
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 month ago.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
answer my question about fleas as posted
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 month ago.

I am sorry to hear you are worried about Seamus scratching. Where does he scratch: back, face, ears, feet? Are any parts of his skin red, inflamed, any scabs, etc.?

Scratching can be from allergies; either environmental allergies or food allergies.

Other parasites besides fleas can cause scratching, such as microscopic mites. If he had mites, I would expect he would have areas of hair loss.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 month ago.

Do you use a flea product? Some dogs become so sensitive to fleas, that they react to just one or two, so they can be flea allergic even if you are not seeing fleas. The first thing I recommend in any itchy dog in the summer is to use a good flea produce even if no fleas are seen.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 month ago.

I am sorry but I can't make calls for the website. Let me know if you want to continue in this format, or if you prefer I opt out for another expert who can make calls.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 month ago.

I have not heard back from you; I hope you saw my response.

Please let me know how Seamus is doing. Kindly consider rating my answer so the website knows I assisted you!

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 month ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Seamus. How is everything going?