Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Mandy, if you are keeping in place a good flea/mite prevention routine, then it sounds as if your dog may have an intolerance to her food as one of the main signs is itchiness and licking and from what you say above, it does not sound like she engages in this behaviour to get attention.
I would suggest you talk to your vet and even take her in so he can see the condition and he may do further tests. He may suggest you try her out on another food that is geared to food intolerances to see what happens then. do bear in mind that when changing food it needs to be done gradually over about a week to determine if the dog has any reaction to the new food. Although there are good products on the market for allergies, my personal favourite is the Maxhealth brand, as apart from being affordable it has an excellent protein content being fish caught off the West Coast of SA and I have found that dogs with food intolerances seem to do better with a fish protein than others. Do check her out with his vet and then follow the recommendations he gives you. If you would like the website info on the food above, just Google it as Maxhealth Dog Food.
What has to be brought to mind with starting a new food that caters for allergies, is that it is not always an overnight change for the dog, it can take a bit of time. Good luck!
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