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My 3 year old German Shepherd has been chewing and pulling

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My 3 year old German Shepherd has been chewing and pulling his hair out of his back and tail, he is getting bald? We changed his food to better stuff, and Salmon drops! Could this be from my new home fresher the cubes are melting in a burner all the time?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Using the wrong medication for fleas can be dangerous. You should definitely talk to the Veterinarian. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Clancy
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Clancy?
Customer: We did not use medication
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 1 year ago.

Hi, this is Dr. Gabby.

That really sounds like flea saliva allergy because the fleas most commonly bite over the lower back.

If he is allergic to flea saliva one flea bite will cause him to have an allergic reaction. So even though you may not see a flea or flea dirt it could still be the problem.

Usually hairloss over the lower back is flea saliva allergy.

So as long as he is not on any other medications you can give him over the counter benadryl.

1 mg of benadryl per each pound of dog every 12 hours.

You can also apply over the counter hydrocortisone cream to the itchy areas. It is not toxic if ingested.

Then you need to do flea control.

You can try

Seresto flea collar

Advantage drops

Capstar tablets

Flea busters to treat the carpet (

Does that help? Do you have any additional questions?

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 1 year ago.

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

Dr. Gabby