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2nd August 2011, 09:44 PM
We just recently acquired a new 2 year old bleniem girl. We have had her about 6 weeks. When we got her from the breeder she was a bit orange/reddish on her feet and arm pits. This has since disappeared. She did scratch at bit. I have noticed that she is scratching both sides of the top of her head, now they are red and her fur is thinning. Plus the underside of her jaw and just on her temples. She also scratches both sides of her neck. She allows me to pet her in all areas and doesn't pull away, like it feels good. I am not sure if this is an allergy or signs of SM. She isn't just scratching one side. Just wondering if anyone had some ideas. She is on Origen grasslands food - so a very high grade food. Any help would be appreciated!!

2nd August 2011, 11:12 PM
You should have a regular vet check for skin conditions or mites, etc. first. There still could be a food allergy or intolerance or something she is getting on or near her head area that irritates her. Gracie is very irritated by some floor cleaners my friends use. But SM is possibility too...or combination.

3rd August 2011, 03:11 AM
I had my Rosie on Acana, made by Orijen, and she scratched like crazy on it (she had never scratched before like that)... I switched her to Natural Balance and her scratching went away completely. Try a different food and observe her would be my advice!

3rd August 2011, 06:28 PM
Our dog scratches on any type or brand of kibble, so it's either the rice or potatoes, or who-knows-what.

It would be a good idea to have her checked by the vet, to be sure it is an allergy condition, then try different foods.