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possible allergies!!!

My five month hav has been scratching at her neck a lot lately. Switched her collar from a nylon collar to one made of leather. Did not help! She is on blue buffalo an all natural dog food. I would think that if it was a food allergy she would be scratching other places too. She is on first shield so don't think it is a flea issue. She is bathed in a puppy oat meal shamp
oo. Any ideas!!!!
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maybe swtich her shampoo?
Tillie has a ton of allergies, but she never scratched, just broke out in these nasty, pus filled crusty sores. Upon allergy testing discovered she is allergic to a LOT of thing, oatmeal is one of them... just a thought!

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Have you considered leaving her collar off completely to see if it's just that she doesn't like wearing the collar all the time?

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we have tried leaving her collar off too. Will mention it to the vet when she gets the stiches out from her spay.

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Did the itching start after you applied the First Shield? I don't know much about that product, but I have read that one of the possible side effects is itching.


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I thought my 1/2 hav might have food allergies too, and I asked the vet that very question, wouldn't he itch all over? she said no, not necessarily.
anyway I was almost positive, in all my wisdom that my little guy had food allergies b/c of his general itchiness. nope he doesn't.

itchiness could be lots of things. dry skin, just itchy...unless there is a rash of some sort on the dog's skin, they won't scrape it and test it to see if it's an allergy or whatever.

rule out the easy stuff like shampoo, or flea meds... my big dog has really sensitive skin, she's always scratching up to a week after I put frontline on her.

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Rosie starts scratching every morning about daylight. That is to wake me. I put my hand on her and she stops--then after I go back to sleep, she does the ear-flopping thing. All of that is to get me out of the bed. I have noticed that when she wants something, she will do the scratching and ear-flopping. I just ignore her. If it was an allergy or pest of some kind, she would be doing it all the time--not just when she wants attention.
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I was using Frontline on both my dogs this Spring - and it stopped being effective, on top of everything else - and Buster started scratching his shoulders. Even after bathing him, he scratched.

He was scratching so much that I asked the Vet for a prescription of Comfortis tablets for both dogs. The Frontline eventually came off his skin after several more baths, and he and Buffy haven't been scratching, and there have been no fleas. We don't have much of a tick problem where we live, so we are lucky. I just check them over after going to the dog park.

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