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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??

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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.

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