My dog itches a lot in certain areas and it's not fleas...help
She is 50 */. german shephard the other 50 collie and chow...what are some common alergies?
on Nov 2nd 2008
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It could be dog mites, You can take your dog to the vet and they can give you some kind of shampoo for her/him.
CORN!...If you are feeding a kibble that contains corn...STOP!
it is a cheap filler with no nutritional value in dog food & a common allergen too.
Like people, a dog can be allergic to ANY of the things in its environment - from the laundry detergent you use to clean the dog bed to the ingredients in the dog's food to certain grasses and pollens outside.
The only way to find out what your dog is actually allergic to is to have an allergy panel done at the vet's. The good news is, true allergies are not nearly as common as people think they are. Sensitivities, on the other hand, are common.
The first thing that needs to happen is a trip to the vet to rule out that the itching is caused by something else - like ringworm or skin mites.
Once obvious reasons are ruled out, you can start considering sensitivities or allergies. If you suspect the food, try a food with a different list of ingredients and attempt to eliminate the most likely culprits. A dog can be allergic to ANY of the ingredients - including the meats (chicken, etc.) - although grains are among the more common causes.
Abby answered on 11/3/08. Helpful? / 0