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my 11 year old Yorkie has been scratching a lot, and nibbling

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my 11 year old Yorkie has been scratching a lot, and nibbling his front and rear legs. I don't think he has fleas - I have been through his coat with a fine comb - but he does have some scaly skin at the bottom of his back where it meets his tail.
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- How long has this been going on?
2- How much does he weigh?
3- Any pre existing medical conditions?

There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

The scratching has been going on for about two weeks. We have had him for three years and prior to this have had no problems. We don't know his weight.

How often are you bathing him?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

He is professionally groomed every three months, but inbetween those times I have to wash his bottom and legs. - so not very often.

Sheila, if you are seeing dry skin on him it is possible he could have a bacterial infection and for this reason he is itchy. Another common cause for excessive itching is an underlying allergy (food or environmental). This is what you can do:

1- Change his diet to a grain free diet with a different source of protein then what he normally has had in the past. For example: If he seldom ate fish then put him on a food that has fish. When on this diet he should not eat anything else or he will not improve. Needs to be on this diet for 6-8 weeks before you see significant improvement.

2- Start him on Chlorpheniramine 2mg every 12 hours. You can buy chlorpheniramine over the counter in any pharmacy (chemist).

3- Supplement with Eicosaderm (omega 3 fatty acids); you can buy this over the counter in any pet store or online. Give at label dose.

4- Follow up with your family veterinarian for a hands on examination, he may need oral antibiotics if he has a skin infection (superficial pyoderma).

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