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I have a 12 lb rat terrier. About 3 days ago I noticed he was itching/biting at the base of his tail. When I got a closer look, I could feel small bumps and he yelped in pain. He NEVER barks at anything. I gave him a warm oatmeal bath, dried him off and applied hydrocortisone ointment for dogs to the affected area. He still seems to be in pain when i even gently touch that area. He is an inside dog except when I walk him. I don't recall him getting into anything and I don't believe he has fleas/tics. He was just ar the vet a couple of weeks ago and given a clean bill of health.

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May 15, 2016 at 10:06 AM



Dear Dorothy,

You should use a flea comb to check for fleas debris (dark specks in the coat). Fleas usually hop off after feeding. If you find the evidence that fleas were there it is important to treat for fleas. Your dog might have gotten bitten when at the veterinarian's office. That can start an allergic reaction. You would also need to treat the allergy as well. The homeopathic DERMA-IONX can help reduce the allergy symptoms. OMEGA 3,6,9 will also help reduce the inflammation in the skin. You might want to look at DEFENDEX shampoo to soothe the skin.

If you do find fleas, once you have them eliminated, have a stool sample checked to make sure your dog has not acquired tapeworms from the fleas. Internal worms can result in poor skin and coat.

Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Best regards,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
May 16, 2016 at 11:57 AM
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