I’ve read with great interest your posts and was wondering if you can help please? We have a 2 year old Blenheim and she has been a dream since a pup but the past two months she has ‘nibbled’ all the fur off her back and near her tail. We took her the vets who stated she had fleas, we use frontline monthly on her and our two cats and when the vet said this we got sprays to treat all the house etc, when she nibbles at her back, we check her over with a comb but can’t see anything there? When we bath her no fleas fall off and to be honest I don’t think I’ve seen a single flea on her yet! Is there anything else that could be causing this? She has not really got any better and can nibble her back until it bleeds! It’s so distressing and sometimes she cries when she’s nibbled too much, we literally have to pull her head away from her back. The vet seems uninterested in anything other to sell us more flea treatments, I really don’t know what else to do? Any suggestions gratefully received! Thanks
Thank you for your question. Undoubtedly 2013 has been a really bad year for fleas! I would tend to agree with your vet. Cat and dog fleas certainly cause the problem you are encountering, and they can be picked up from any hedgerow. If not fleas, then maybe mites. A skin scrape may be necessary to diagnose this. If your dog is distressed by this, she may need a short course of steroids to calm her skin down. Try advocate instead of frontline as an alternative treatment . It may also be wise to treat your house again after a month or so.
You are certainly not alone with this problem.
The only thing I can think of that would cause a similar reaction is allergies. Try her on Burns food. It has no additives, colourings, flavourings or gluten. It may also be useful to get her tested. See Fin’s page.