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Old 09-08-2016, 04:00 PM
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Could my dog have fleas or allergies? Constantly scratching & biting

Please bare with me as this post might be quite long! I just want to include as much info as possible.

So I recently adopted my dog 2 months ago and for the first few weeks he was okay and rarely scratching but he was licking his paws and legs. Since the beginning of August he has been constantly scratching the area near his tail and occasionally biting around that area. Along with the scratching, I've also noticed that he recently would start chewing on his paw and licks himself quite a bit.

I am using a flea preventative (Trifexis) but I'm afraid that with his most recent dose, he didn't take all of it because i tried sticking it inside some pumpkin and he spit out the tablet and the tablet began to crumble and there were some crumbs and pieces of the tablet that was still left on the floor that he didn't eat.

I've checked over and over again and found no signs of fleas or flea dirt, and although I have found black specks, when I sprayed water on it, it did not turn any shade of red. I have been vacuuming the house everyday for the past week as well. I've also tried bathing him and did not see anything that resembled fleas in the water.

Could all of this scratching be a sign of allergies instead of fleas?

I have been feeding him Hill's Ideal Balance slim & healthy (Chicken & Barely Recipe) and his poops have been solid but they are a little soft.

Thanks in advance!
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What kind of dog and how old? and is he neutered?
And have you seen fleas around? I've never personally used a flea prevention program, but we always knew when there were fleas on the animals over the years...

Itching can be caused by so many things, and unfortunately, most is trial and error. Anything from yeast infection, endocrine, environmental or food allergy or intolerance - the list is long.

If you adopted and there are no vet records for history, I would at least have a full blood panel run on the dog - and that's inclusive of full thyroid panel, not just a T4 carrier. jIt's money well spent to have a test to compare to down the road if nothing else.

I personally wouldn't feed hills diet. You can start a test for food allergy or intolerance by switching to a grain free single ingredient kibble - or use a hydrolyzed diet for 6 weeks. Hydrolyzed protein are broken down very small that the body can't actually tell what the protein is.
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Regarding your dog spitting out the Trifexis - even more importantly than fleas, your dog may not have received his heartworm prevention dose... If your dog doesn't like the flavor/odor of Trifexis and you find it difficult to administer (not uncommon), talk to your vet about other options
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Please bare with me as this post might be quite long! I just want to include as much info as possible.

So I recently adopted my dog 2 months ago and for the first few weeks he was okay and rarely scratching but he was licking his paws and legs. Since the beginning of August he has been constantly scratching the area near his tail and occasionally biting around that area. Along with the scratching, I've also noticed that he recently would start chewing on his paw and licks himself quite a bit.

I am using a flea preventative (Trifexis) but I'm afraid that with his most recent dose, he didn't take all of it because i tried sticking it inside some pumpkin and he spit out the tablet and the tablet began to crumble and there were some crumbs and pieces of the tablet that was still left on the floor that he didn't eat.



I've checked over and over again and found no signs of fleas or flea dirt, and although I have found black specks, when I sprayed water on it, it did not turn any shade of red. I have been vacuuming the house everyday for the past week as well. I've also tried bathing him and did not see anything that resembled fleas in the water.

Could all of this scratching be a sign of allergies instead of fleas?

I have been feeding him Hill's Ideal Balance slim & healthy (Chicken & Barely Recipe) and his poops have been solid but they are a little soft.

Thanks in advance!
Have you tried puting flea drops on him?
We do that once a month with ours after he has been to the groomer.
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