Posted by: CODI | 2008/08/28


My German Shephard keeps biting his back (just next to the tail area), no where else. He doesn' t have any flees or worms. I' ve tried anything but just when the skin starts to heal he starts biting again, until it bleeds. What might be the cause?

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Dear Codi

Most likley fleas. If you dont see them that only means that your dog is flea sensitive and you will NEVER find a flea on him. The flea will just bite him, jump of as he tries to kill them by knibbling himself. Spray the carpet with a flea killer as well. Also have his anal gland checked and his anus to make sure he does not suffer with anal fistulas.

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Posted by: Chill | 2008/08/28

You sometimes can' t see the fleas - I' d totally rule this out as a possibility by using a good flea product like Frontline or Advantage, and give a Capstar tablet for a day or two as well.

Once skin gets damaged, the irritation can often be self-perpetuating.

I would agree that a vet may need to see the dog, specially if the area is very raw or damaged.

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Posted by: Karen | 2008/08/28

Have you taken the dog to the vet for a check up. It might not be fleas, but it could be something else.

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Posted by: Patjie | 2008/08/28

I would also like to know the answer to that question, my German Shepard / Collie crossing does the same and I' m desperate now for a solution. I' ve tried everything and nothing works.

She doesn' t have any fleas or mites on her. She turned 13 on 16/08/08.

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