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Biting her self to the point of bald spots

Luna is almost 6 months old. She has started biting herself. She bites all day and now she is full of bald spots. I bath her around every two weeks with medicated shampoo and have used this since she was 12 weeks old so I know it is not the shampoo. What can I do to help her itching? Also will I know when she changes coat? As soon as I brush her she gets more matted fur. Is this a sign that it is beginning to change?
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I would get her checked by a vet.

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She needs to go to the vet soon. There could be a number of things causing it, fleas, mites, allergies, mange, etc. Also, the shampoo you are using could be bothering her. If you are going to be bathing a dog more than once a month, esp a puppy bc they have sensitive skin, only use high grade and premium shampoos and grooming products. You could also unknowingly be bathing her with tangles, which only get worse from the bath and snowball if not taken care of. Mats are uncomfortable and itchy, and a scratching dog makes the mat a lot worse. The matting could be related to the skin. If there are oozing sores, that will cause mats.

Whatever it is it sounds like she is in discomfort, and a vet trip is in order at least to rule out the more serious conditions. You may also have to shave her if the mats are out of control. Or if you need to apply an ointment all over. Let us know how it goes.
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there are no sores or redness on her skin. Her skin underneth looks normal. Her mats are tiny and brush out fairly easy. The shampoo is medicated prescription. I brush her everyday to keep her tangles in control. I guess I will be calling the vet in the morning. Thank you both.
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Oh I missed the medicated shampoo part. Yes it could be something that is not visible to the naked eye.
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Luna is almost 6 months old. She has started biting herself. She bites all day and now she is full of bald spots. I bath her around every two weeks with medicated shampoo and have used this since she was 12 weeks old so I know it is not the shampoo. What can I do to help her itching? Also will I know when she changes coat? As soon as I brush her she gets more matted fur. Is this a sign that it is beginning to change?
I'm curious as to why she has been on this medicated prescription shampoo since she was 12 weeks old? Under normal circumstance, I wouldn't think it was necessary and may be a little harsh for her skin using it all this time. Is it dry or flaky at all? Do you also use a conditioner? I agree that at this time a vet visit would be the best thing to do.
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I had a similar problem with a pet rat. Turned out that he had mites, which are not generally visible to the naked eye. Treatment was very easy but required a vet visit.
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I just brought Gracie, our 20 month old hav, back from the vet because she's had red dots on her stomach, and I also noticed a few bald spots on her sides. The spots have gotten a bit crusty, which the vet said are pustules. He said it is a secondary infection, like a staph infection, from allergies. At this point, he's thinking it is caused by the environment. He gave her 2 weeks of an antibiotic and 3 weeks of antihistamine. Also, virbac, a medicated shampoo. If this doesn't help, he will give her cortisone. So, yes, please be sure to get your puppy to the vet!!

BTW-- I know someone had posted a pic of a dogs belly showing some red spots and a few pustules. I was looking for it, trying to compare it to Gracie's. Does anyone remember posting a pic like that? Thanks!
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Tillie had Pustules, she was tested for everything and treated for the sores (she had well over 100 of them all over her head and chest..) with antibiotics. We had her allergy tested and turned out the pustules stemmed from food alergies... this was all when she was 9 months old and she hasn't had a problem since.
I'll see if I can find the thread I originially posted...

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think I found it ...

http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthr...ighlight=sores

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