Q. My dog is scratching a lot and has a scab behind her ear and on her belly. Treated her for fleas but not sure if it is or not. What else could it be??
A. Other external parasites such as mites, infection (bacterial or yeast) or allergies are all possibilities. Place an e-collar (cone) on her to prevent her from scratching her ears. A child's tee shirt may provide protection for her abdomen. A cool bath with a pet approved colloidal oatmeal shampoo can soothe itchy skin. Pat dry afterwards. Rubbing the coat/skin to dry will cause irritation. Consider adding an essential fatty acid supplement (usually a fish oil) to her diet to promote a healthy coat and skin. Search www.pet360.com for fish oil supplements. If the itching does not resolve, schedule an appointment with your vet for a complete physical exam.