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My dog keeps biting his butt and rolling around on his back.

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My dog keeps biting his butt and rolling around on his back.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 8 years ago.

This might be due to itching from flea bites as that often causes the back in the tail area to itch on a dog.

Just one flea bite can set off itching all over in a dog.

This could be due to an anal gland issue which you can read about here

Or it might be due to allergies.

You can read about allergies and dermatitis in dogs here

Dogs can develop allergies to foods, and to inhaled items, and contact allergens such as rug cleaners, cedar beds, or chemicals including lawn chemicals or even flea bites.

You might want to try a different dog food that has no ingredients the same as what you feed now. Diets of Fish and Potato, venison, or rabbit etc. where the protein source is new and there are no grains in the food can work for many dogs for example. Another option is the hypoallergenic diet from your vet Hills ZD. Changing food does no good if you feed the same ingredients.

If this is an inhalant allergy you may find using a HEPA air filter in the room the dog uses most and wiping the dog down with a damp towel when it comes in helps reduce allergen exposure.

You might want to see if some plain Benadryl helps with the itching. A common low dose is 1mg per pound of dog every 12 hours. Do check with your vet about using a med but this one or another may help him a lot. If you choose to use that please read here about cautions

You may want to consult with your vet and consider doing allergy testing.

You can try a Chlorhexiderm shampoo from the pet supply store in case the problem is a bacterial skin infection. Malaseb is another good one to eliminate yeast from the skin. Follow directions on the bottles if you try one.

In some dogs low thyroid level issues can trigger skin allergies. The vet can check for that with a blood test.

If your dog is not on a flea prevention that might also help. Just one flea bite can make an allergic dog itch all over. Frontline could resolve a lot of the reactions for you.

Hope this helps you!

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