Dog Bella

I have a question about Bella, my female dog shih tzu

She is constantly scratching herself as well as biting herself. She has developed scabs on her body from her continuously scratching herself. I am unsure what could be the reasoning for her scratching.

over 3 years ago
Information about Bella
  • Species: Dog
  • Breed: Shih Tzu
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 1 year
  • Sterilized: No
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I have a question about Bella, my female dog shih tzu
1 vet has answered
Veterinarian Barkibu Vets
Barkibu Vets


Dermatological problems can have many causes. Therefore, it is essential to perform a comprehensive diagnostic protocol, starting with simple and low-cost diagnostic tests that will allow to rule out the most common causes. Later on, it may be necessary to resort to more complex and specific tests to rule out allergies, autoimmune diseases, hormonal pathologies, etc.

The protocol should generally include:
- External deworming
- Trichogram: observing skin samples under a microscope.ant
- Skin scraping in the area of ​​injury
- Woods lamp: it allows to discard fungal problems
- Blood tests
- Allergy tests
- Elimination diet
- Specific tests against other causes. This should be assessed by your veterinarian after ruling out the causes mentioned above.

On the other hand, treatment with corticosteroids to reduce itching or baths with shampoos + antibiotics may be necessary to eliminate skin infections. But for those treatments you should visit your vet in order to find a cause and afterwards follow vet instructions for possible specific treatments.

Keep her from scratching, licking or rubbing the irritated area, and as soon as you can take her to the vet.

All the best.

about 3 years ago