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I know a lot of dogs (and people too) in my neighborhood are suffering from allergies right now. What the allergist told me is that every dog scratches some but if they continually have to stop what they're doing (playing, walking, etc.) to scratch then there is probably an underlying issue. Best suggestion I have - if you think it might be allergies and want to start trying things (like changing diet), do one thing at a time and give each one a few weeks. If you try to change a number of things, you'll never know what was the culprit. If you want to see if a food allergy is the problem, try searching for "elimination diet". Basically you'll change his food to something with limited ingredients and a protien base he couldn't possibly have an allergy to. Leave him on that for a number of months and then start slowly introducing new ingredients.
If there's any chance it could possibly be fleas - have you used a flea comb to see if you get any "dirt"? I've had times where I never saw the fleas themselves but the vet did find flea dirt so we treated for fleas and the scratching stopped.
Jill - Tess & Cody's mom