Posted : 7/18/2006 12:49:08 PM
Please check with your vet, as my English springer had a similar problem and it didn't turn out to be food allergy at all, but flea dermititus. Even if you pet doesn't have fleas on its body or in your home, they still can bite the dogs when they are out of doors. They scratch and fuss at the bite sites which cause a chain reaction of licking and then more scratching etc. My poor guy actually had licked spots bloody before we finally figured out what was going on with him.
Also some dogs react to the topical anti flea products like Advantix etc. Flea sprays, powders, even strong flea and tick collars can cause skin reactions.
For some reason, dogs who are predominantly white seem to have more problems with bugs biting and bothering than the darker colored animals
There are some organic products that you can spread in your grass from Ringer that will nock down the number of bugs to distress the animal, and you can use natural D-Limonene which bugs hate-or you can even make your own. I also supplement during fleas season with brewers yeast and garlic. It seems to help minimize the amount they are bothered by bugs, but you have to allow a few weeks for the supplement to help (It also helps to enhance coat and skin condition) The tablet form is pretty cheap and it also comes in a powder that can mix in with food
if you dog doesn't do tablets well. Some of the quality multivitamin supplements for pets include the brewers yeast and liver, but not in the same quantity as is recommended by weight if you go with the supplement that just has the brewers yeast and garlic.