Q. My dog is in misery with anal itching. Glands expressed, eats well, no diarrhea no vomiting, weight loss or hair loss. Great disposition. Help.

A. Anal itching can sometimes be a response to a food allergen. Common food allergens can include grains such as wheat, corn or soy, or even to some proteins such as beef or chicken. Changing to a more allergen-friendly diet may help reduce the anal itching and provide some relief. External environmental allergens may also cause anal itching, though symptoms are usually more generalized all over the body, rather than just in one area. However, if your dog is scooting on a surface he may be allergic to, then you may be seeing more irritation in that area. An allergy medication may help to relieve the symptoms.

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