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    Default Insane scratching

    Jasper has been biting and scratching his behind like mad for the past week. He went to the vet yesterday and he said there was some flea dirt but couldn't find any fleas. I gave him Advantix yesterday afternoon and he's still at it, biting and scratching. Could it be the flea dirt that's irritating him? The Advantix? A reaction to grass?? Highly grateful for any ideas - even the Vet doesn't know!

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    Any red or inflamed areas ??

    Is he sleeping on the lawn or in your gardens much ?? Some plants can irritate a dog big time and so can grass. I know Hyacinth's dog frosty has a allergy to grass.

    The vet should do a skin scrape if theres and really obvious skin issue but i'm guessing its not since they didnt do one. Dont wash him to often...its not good for dogs to be washed constantly. Could be his diet ??

    Sorry, its a bit hit and miss my comments but i'm just guessing. Keep a close eye on him and see what he gets up to. Maybe try a diffrent food. Trial and error at this stage is your only bet i guess.... if the vet dosnt want to try any scrapes or medicines. Good luck mate.


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    Is it only his rear end that's itchy?

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    I'd give it a few days to see if the Advantix does the trick. If he has a flea allergy, the areas where he's been bitten will itch for a while after the fleas are gone. It's usually the flea saliva that they react to and flea allergy is very common in dogs and cats.

    I use Comfortis for my dog for fleas. I have found it more effective and easier than the spot-on stuff. I buy the tablets for giant dogs on eBay and cut them in half, which makes them fairly cheap.

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    Comfortis is wonderful stuff.
    I have given up on all the other flea products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chubbsecurity View Post
    Comfortis is wonderful stuff.
    I have given up on all the other flea products.
    Yeah I've got both, the Advantix is mainly for the ticks and also for the interim while I waited for the Comfortis to come in the mail.

    No redness. He sleeps inside, but I'm thinking that maybe, yes, he has an allergy

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    Default Time to see the vet?

    So he's had a dose of Advantix AND Comfortis - but he's still scratching! I went to have a closer look at his behind, and when I started parting his fur, he wanted to bite at it and wouldn't stop moving around when I kept trying to look. The skin is a healthy whitish pink, no sign of flea dirt or fleas, but it feels and looks a little oilier, or wet, than the rest of his fur. It even has a stronger smell than the rest of his fur...

    Allergies? I'm thinking about giving him a bath with an oatmeal shampoo and hoping that fixes it. I put sardines in his dinner tonight, maybe that'll help if I keep doing that?

    Anyone had anything like this happen with their dog before?

    I want to exhaust every option until his appointment with the vet for his booster later in the month.

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    Have you changed his food lately?
    Sometimes diet can be a factor.

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    Yeah I have, last Thursday, but his itching started before that... Then again, before that he also had fleas. So maybe flea allergy?
    Hmm... I guess I could buy another small bag of the other food I was giving him. I stopped buying it because a larger bag is out of my budget at the moment, so I went for another brand that still has the nutrients and protein he needs (probably only a third as much as what the original stuff has), but is less than a third of the price for more kg's than the more expensive stuff I was buying. I had him on Earthborn for puppies, and now he's on Uncle Alber's.

    Also worried it's mange... One of my friend's pups has it, and Jasper played with them about a week and a half ago. The pup got checked end of last week and was in the early stages of mange. $250 treatment.
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    Another poster here once mentioned that mange is present on all dogs but
    when the immune system is under pressure or not functioning properly then
    conditions are favourable to mange mites reproducing in large numbers, which
    then causes a problem.

    Has he lost fur around the eyes at all? That is usually the first indicator?
    Really hoping it is not mange!

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