I have a 2 year old beagle. In the last 2 months he has taken to scratching , and rubbing (against trees, under chairs when you sit in them and against the fence railing) the top of his tail and lower back. I have seen him rubbing his lower back against a tree for almost 20 mins. He almost seems to get “excited” by it.

He doesn’t have dry irritated skin in the area and the vet could not find anything either, but told me to keep an eye on him.

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Asked on August 5, 2015 2:52 pm
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Sounds like an allergic dermatitis to me! Make sure the pet is completely flea free. Even one flea in an allergic dog will drive them mad!

Use either Revolution or Advantage once a month flea treatment. Use a food that is corn and wheat free with a unique protein source, avoid beef and chicken. Add oil supplements to the diet like fish oil or flax seed oil. Keep the dog clean with lanolin based shampoos.

If the sore on the back looks infected you may need short term antibiotics. If the problem persists with all of the above measures consider allergy testing for treatment with a serum to reduce the signs of the allergy.

Some of these pets need treatment with antihistamines or prednisone to keep them from scratching themselves raw on a constant basis.

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Posted by Dr. Gaylord Brown
Answered on August 5, 2015 2:55 pm