Dog is itching and chewing at tail base and hips. | Ask A Vet

There is a very popular post on Keep the Tail Wagging called. I admit that I used to feed our dogs raw hide chews – they’re cheap, easy, and last a long time. I knew of the dangers, but our dogs had never had a problem, so I continued buying them despite the warnings.

I never saw a flea on my dog either, but he chewed his tail raw from a flea allergy

Believe it or not, some tiny, pesky parasites may be at the bottom of your dog's bottom problem. If your dog uses his teeth to chew at the base of the tail, fleas may be a culprit. Don't assume your dog has no fleas just because you don't see them; fleas are excellent camouflagers that tend to go unnoticed. Too add to the yuck factor, consider that if Rufus ingests an infected flea, he may develop tapeworms. These worms then attach to your dog's gut and release segments resembling kernels of rice which may crawl out your dog's butt, causing the itchy fit.

Dog biting at tail and it is raw and red. | Ask A Vet

100% Recommendation Rate! Cow tails for dogs are safer & healthier than rawhides. Long lasting & thick, these chews are from free range, grass fed cattle. My dog has a raw area on her back where the tail meets her back. Hair is missing and she's constantly at it. Can you shed some light on the problem?


Editor Comment Dog Raw Skin and Hairless Area at Tail Base Problem

Dear Steve,

Thank you for your question regardless dog raw skin and hairless areas, particularly around the tail.

Dog skin is the most exposed part of the body, and thus is prone to various conditions. So, it is relatively difficult to tell what exactly your dog is going through.

Raw dog skin, with hair missing at specific parts of the body and at the base of the tail, as in the case, indicates the presence of a dog hot spot. More over, if your dog continuously scratches that area, and tries to lick or chew it, this represents that the cause is infectious or in other words it can be parasitic or a bacterial infection.

It is recommended that you closely note the symptoms, such as is the dog skin condition spreading over time, any signs of dandruff, dog skin dryness, any lesions, increased oiliness and redness etc.

it is recommended that you start treatment with some natural preparations. You should bathe your dog with a herbal shampoo such as . This should remove any dandruff, dryness and treat dog skin itchiness naturally. If it is a minor issue, as it seems, it will surely get resolved in a couple of weeks.

Otherwise, in case lesions occur or symptoms persist, you might need a medicated shampoo such as . Also, to improve skin health and regrowth of hair, regularly use a herbal skin tonic such as .

It happens that dog skin problems caused by parasites or their carriers like ticks, bugs etc start from the rear end, such as the tail, base of the tail or hind limbs. So, it is recommended that you also disinfect the area in which your dog frequently goes or is habituating. Wash your dog's belongings and treat your home with a disinfectant known to kill parasites such as . If you don't, there is a possibility that the dog parasite problem will return.

Please keep us up to date on your dogs raw skin condition, hot spots or hairless areas.

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Any kind of rear or hindquarters injury — a broken or fractured tail bone, for instance — is something a dog cannot inform his owner of, and may go unnoticed under normal circumstances. The intensity of the dog’s pain may lead her to act on or draw attention to it by excessive chewing, biting, or licking at the affected area. Only veterinary X-rays will be able to properly diagnose such an issue.

My dog keeps biting the tip of her tail