Q. My Boogers (is my chow's name) and he is chewing himself to death and I have tried everything and even things from the vet and he is still itching.

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A. Place an e-collar on him to prevent further chewing. Recheck with your vet or a veterinary dermatologist. Rule out fleas and other parasites, infection (yeast or bacterial) and allergies or food sensitivities. Your vet can submit blood work to test for allergies however, a dermatologist will be able to do more in depth skin testing for allergies. Consider adding an essential fatty acid supplement, usually a fish oil, to the diet to promote healthy skin and coat. EFAs may also decrease inflammation. Food trilas may rule out sensitivities. Allergies can be frustrating to diagnose since they can have many causes (inhaled, contact, food) but if that's the diagnosis reached, you will need to determine the allergen(s) then decrease or eliminate it (them) from the diet or environment.

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