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YORKIE: KEEPS RUBBING..IT FLEA & TICK or dustmite or earmite I DONT

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MY YORKIE IS 10 MOS.OLD SHE KEEPS RUBBING HER HEAD AND RUBBING HER BODY ON THE FLOOR ALOT! AS IF HER SKIN IS IRRIATIED I DON'T KNOW IF IT FLEA & TICK OR DUSTMITE
OR EARMITE I DON'T KNOW. PLEASE HELP!!
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
There are several sorts of issues that can cause skin itching in dogs. They can include fleas, ticks, mites, mange, fungal disease such as ringworm etc. Your dog may even have a flea bite allergy and now have developed a skin infection from scratching at that.
If your dog is not on flea prevention you may find that Advantage or Frontline will resolve the problem for you.
Check in her ears and see if there is dirt there as that might indicate mites or bacterial infection.
Your best bet for fastest relief for your dog would be a vet visit to find out exactly what the problem is and to get the best meds to treat it.
If your vet finds nothing wrong with her then you can check out the possibilitie of food allergies which you can read about here
www.marvistavet.com/html/food_allergies.html
You can check what is in your dog's food here
http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=comp-wiz
and check the ingredients in foods like California Natural, Wellness Fish and Potato, and Blue Buffalo, Evo or Canidae (see www.canidae.com) which are foods pet supply stores carry.
But check the normal and easy problems first such as fleas or ear mites with an exam by your vet.
Hope this helps you!
Expert:  crimson_axe replied 11 years ago.
Food allergies or environment allergies are possibly the problem. if she is eating dog food, try switching to abrand without corn. (canned dog food for such a small dog)

Also call your vet to see how much benadryl you can give (rather than me giving medical advise.

A cool bath will help.

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