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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
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I have an Australian Cattledog mix and he's been

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Hello! I have an Australian Cattledog mix and he's been scratching/biting himself relentlessly. His fur is falling off due to all the scratching and biting he's doing. He attacks possums that come into the yard from time to time, but my dog has never had this type of side effect from doing that. A family friend said that he might have rain rot, I believe, and gave us some kind of cream to put on him. His has been irritated for about 3 to 4 months.
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: His name is ***** ***** I've been using a flea repellent spray which looks like it's helping him a little bit but not enough.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Rags?
Customer: Since my family and I adopted him, we've been feeding him Walmart brand dog food. His care taker at the shelter told us that he had a sensitive stomach to Purina.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 7 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Thank you so much
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 7 months ago.

1) Where is Rags scratching and chewing?
2) Where is the hair falling out?
3) What flea prevention is being used? How often?
4) Is Rags being bathed? How often?
5) Any oral meds?
6) Any pics of the areas?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
He's scratching under his front legs where his body connects, his genital area, under his back legs where his body connects, his anus, his lower mouth, and his eyes a little bit. His hair is falling out where he's scratching/biting. We're using Hartz ultra guard topical flea and tick spray. He does get bathed, every 3 months usually. No, he's not taking any oral medication. And yes, I'll take some photos.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 7 months ago.

I'll stand by for pictures.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
The picture I am trying to upload is too big. But it looks mostly like the hair is falling off or he's scratching or biting it off
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 7 months ago.

There is an attachment function on the page that should allow you to post pictures and video. You can also use websites like and to upload pictures and video respectively. Once this is done, a set of links will appear. You can then post the link back and I can access them.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 7 months ago.

The dark skin over his abdomen in this pic, is it smooth or textured?