Q. My small dog is 13. She scratches and whines all the time. Her skin is very dark pink and feels very warm to touch it. She is digging her hair off.
A. Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Rule out infection, skin parasites, allergies or endocrine imbalances. A pet approved colloidal oatmeal bath may soothe itchy, red skin. Consider adding an essential fatty acid supplement (usually a fish oil) to her diet to promote healthy skin. EFAs may also decrease inflammation. Search www.pet360.com for fish oil supplements.