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My dog is herder type mixed with a shepherd. He has been itching his back in the middle down to his tail to the point where he has a bald spot. How do I treat him?
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Dog Specialist: Cher, Dog Caregiver--Extensive Experience replied 8 years ago
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Cher, Dog Caregiver--Extensive Experience
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Hello,Customer and thanks for your question.

I'm sorry your dog is experiencing this uncomfortable problem.

Typically, itching in dogs can be caused by external parasites like fleas, mites, food or contact allergies, or a fungal skin infection called ringworm. Here is more information about these conditions.
http://www.sniksnak.com/doghealth/flea-allergy.html
http://www.sniksnak.com/doghealth/scabies.html
http://www.sniksnak.com/doghealth/ringworm.html

If your dog is not currently on a vet-approved monthly flea preventative like Advantage, Frontline Plus, Revolution, etc., it would be a good idea to begin this treatment. Make sure to apply the gel between the shoulder blades, as directed on the product, and do not apply to broken/irritated skin.

It would be advisable to have your dog evaluated in person by his vet, so you can get a definite diagnosis and then the best treatment to help alleviate his itching so he's feeling more comfortable.

For the moment, an antihistamine like Benadryl should help with the itching, but always consult your vet first, before giving your dog any over the counter medications.
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/diphenhydramine-benadryl/page1.aspx

I hope all will be well with your furry boy!

I hope you have found this answer helpful; if so, please click 'Accept' and leave positive feedback. If you need additional information, please click 'Reply'. Thanks for the opportunity to be of help.

Best wishes,
Cher


Edited by Cher on 6/21/2010 at 8:23 PM EST
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