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Itchy Spots

My wife and I own 2 indoor Dogs.  One is a chow mix, and the other is an austraillian Shephard mix.  Both dogs are itching and biting the lower portion of their back where the back and the tail meet.  This is the only places they itch.  It seems to be uncontrollable and is getting to the point where they are actually tearing out the hair in those spots.  We have tried cortizone sprays, sulfodene treatments, and have given them flea baths but none seem to help.  A family member stated that she thought it may just be dry skin, because the air seems dry in our house, and suggested a humidifier.  Was wondering if anyone had any advice?
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Have you tried giving them an oatmeal bath? It really soothes the skin and has been quite helpful for my itchy dog. From your post, I assume you have ruled out fleas as a cause? That was the first thing my vet said when I took my lil guy in when he was biting off all of his fur by his tail.

My vet also gave me an ointment called Dermalone. Seems to help but the oatmeal bath works better.

The humidifier might help. Give it a shot. Good luck!
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My daschund has remove spots of hair from his tail in the same manner. We give him oatmeal baths about every 2 weeks and the hair is growing back now. Give it a try.
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My daschund has remove spots of hair from his tail in the same manner. We give him oatmeal baths about every 2 weeks and the hair is growing back now. Give it a try.
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My daschund has remove spots of hair from his tail in the same manner. We give him oatmeal baths about every 2 weeks and the hair is growing back now. Give it a try.
Avatar universal
My daschund has remove spots of hair from his tail in the same manner. We give him oatmeal baths about every 2 weeks and the hair is growing back now. Give it a try.
Avatar universal
My daschund has remove spots of hair from his tail in the same manner. We give him oatmeal baths about every 2 weeks and the hair is growing back now. Give it a try.
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If it were only one dog with the problem, I would first consider allergy issues.  Since both dogs have the same problems that haven't responded to what you've already tried, I think you may have mange mites.  You'll need to take your dogs to the vet where he can look at a skin scraping under a microscope to verify the presence of mange mites - or not.  These little bugs cause terrible itching in infected dogs, and can lead to hair loss and skin infections requiring antibiotics.  

You've done a really good job trying typical home remedies, but I think you need some professional advice at this point.  

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