Hi, my 4 month old Rottie, Kota, keeps chewing the area near her tail. She has created sores and they even bleed she bites the area so hard.
I do not see any fleas on her and i use an all natural oatmeal shampoo when i bathe her. She also scratches a lot. I am concerned about allergies.
Also she is eating Blue Buffalo large breed puppy food chicken and brown rice. Any advice, thanks.
It definitely sounds as though your pup could be suffering from allergies. Rotties do tend to be predisposed towards skin conditions caused by allergic reactions.
Chewing at the tail area and being generally itchy are classic signs.
The food you are using is a good one, but just in case it’s a dog food allergy you may want to try one of the other premium puppy foods listed on my Best Puppy Food page. Either the Solid Gold Wolfcub Puppy (Bison) or one of the Precise range of foods would be a good choice.
Even if you don’t see any fleas on him, unless you’re using an effective flea and tick preventative such as K9 Advantix , it could still be the problem. Dogs can be highly sensitive to flea saliva and one or two fleas can cause a LOT of discomfort.
It’s also possible that he’s suffering from seasonal allergies. Finding the ‘trigger’ in these cases can be difficult, but your vet can help you there if necessary. Meantime, a generic benadryl for dogs
can help you figure out if allergies are the problem. If after using this for a week your dog’s symptoms improve then an allergic response is the most likely culprit.
There are a lot of natural products that can help soothe itchiness and help relieve symptoms, although finding the dog’s allergy trigger is the only way to eliminate the problem. Check out my Canine Allergies page to learn more about these.
Hope this helps. Best of luck.