Q. My 5 yr. old golden recently started itching like crazy .when I brush him he kicks with his back leg almost like a twitch or spasm. He has no fleas

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A. The kicking is common in dogs when you scratch a certain spot that feels good for them to have that itch relieved. Have you considered an allergy? It could be environmental or something in the diet. I would recommend a grain free diet starting with protein listed as a main ingredient within the first 5 or less ingredients listed. You might consider adding fish oil also to the kibble. If you have tried this approach and still no improvement in a good few weeks, a vet visit may be in order so get a prescription to help.

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