Q. My golden bit off the hair on her hind legs and she cannot find any relief.

A. Allergies to the environment or foods, skin infections and pain may all cause your dog to lick and chew at an area. Checking for external allergens such as fleas and ticks or grasses and pollens may alert you to a cause. You may also want to check her food for common allergenic ingredients such as wheat, corn or soy. Switching foods or starting a daily allergy medicine may provide her some relief. If you see redness, oozing of debris or pain at the area of the chewing, it may indicate an infection or other problem, and should be looked at by a vet to determine the cause. It is also a good idea to place an Elizabethan (cone) collar on your dog until the problem is resolved to prevent continued chewing and allow the area to heal without more bacteria being introduced into it.

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