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    Hi All,

    my cattle dog is about 2 weeks off 2 years old, over the last couple of weeks she has started chewing her tail, and has chewed parts of her hair off.

    I have thoroughly checked for fleas and its definately not that.
    I have caught her doing it and it looks like an itchy chew (rather than boredom etc).

    we do have a lot of foxes around that come up through the back paddock most nights.
    I am thinking it may be a mite or QLD Itch... does anyone know if either a way to tell, or a cream or shampoo or something that may help ?




    Thanks all.

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    Malaseb shampoo might be worth a try if its a bacteria or fungus type skin issue. I've used it for other skin conditions with very good results.
    Not to sure how to tell what it is, i just rely on my vet to do that.


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    Base of the tail is a frequent itchy spot for dogs with skin allergies. It is also a common spot for flea allergy. Even if you didn't see any fleas all it takes it one to jump on and bite and jump off and she will scratch at it like we scratch at mosquito bites.
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    hmmm if you've treated her for fleas and the like, are you sure she's getting enough exercise/stimulation?

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    I had a tail chewer here, ended up putting dencorub on his tail... one sniff of that and he never chewed it again.

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    I think dencorub might stop the fleas from hanging around there too. Or vicks vapour rub. Menthol is insect repellent.

    It could be ring worm - which is similar to jock itch too - makes the fur fall out. Can be treated with the same stuff as jock itch - or something from the vet.

    And ACD sometimes get a tail chasing/chewing obsession. So it's not boredom exactly but more like thumb sucking in children. Bad habit that needs to be changed to some other more desirable behaviour.

    Have you actually been using a spot on for fleas - and which one. Some of them lose their effectiveness - ie the fleas become resistant, and then you need to change brands / active ingredients.

    If you're not treating for fleas - it's entirely possible - despite checking - that your dog may have some.

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    Thanks all.

    i have been treating her for fleas with comfortis, it has been working well, and i am 99.9% sure, its not fleas.

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    My dog has a different but funny problem. She is constantly chasing her tail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BorderCollieCallix View Post
    My dog has a different but funny problem. She is constantly chasing her tail.
    That is anxiety/stress.......or boredom or a combination
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