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Our pup is now 13 weeks, is a very happy chap, sleeps through the night in his crate, is coming on well in training, but can get very distracted (even from eating his meals) when he just has to scratch, nibble and lick himself. It’s getting to the point of him having patches where his fur is quite sparse, for example, in his armpits and along his legs. Wondering if it’s an allergy, either to a foodstuff or pollen (we have an area of longish grass in the garden which he loves running through). His kibble says it’s grain-free, but we have been giving him Waggs biscuits as one of his treats, which we are now going to hold back on in case it’s a grain intolerance. Anything else we should try? He has had worming, flea, mite treatment etc and there is no sign of any parasite.
 

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Panacur has been around for quite a few years now and is very widely used for worming both for cats and dogs, and on farm animals. We even use it on Pheasants for Gapeworm!

Endectrid is a broad spectrum spot on for both worming and fleas. It's relatively new, having been passed for use in 2015. Personally I've never used it. I understand that basically it's active ingredients are the same as Advocate, so it should be effective. But one of the problems with spot on treatments is that they MUST go onto the skin. Labrador fur is waterproof so it is easy to think you have treated when in fact all you have done is wetted the coat. For this reason I prefer Panacur or Drontal Plus as a wormer. These are taken orally as tablets (Drontal) or liquid on the food, (Panacur 2.5% oral suspension) Sadly almost all effective flea treatments are spot on these days, though many people use "Billy No Mates" these days, though for my part I never use either wormers or flea treatment unless I have reason to believe I have a problem. (Once in the last 30 years!)

A question for you, did you have a problem before giving Endectrid (There is always a possibility that he is reacting to that. It can happen!)
 

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Thanks John. Yes, the problem was there before he was given endectrid. He’s been itching ever since we’ve had him, poor little fella. But everything else about his development seems to be going really well. He’s growing at a good rate, his coat is looking good and he is full of energy (in between snoozes!).
 

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Trouble is, there is so many things it can be. A food allergy, grass pollen allergy, harvest mites in the grass. I would be reluctant to suggest an antihistamine on one so young. Even the thinning coat could simply be the action of him growing.
 

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This sounds exactly like the problems Polly had when we first brought her home. She scratched and nibbled herself constantly and her skin was clearly irritating her immensely. Fortunately on the second visit to the vets, we got one of the partners in the practice who seemed to know his stuff and did a skin scrape, which came back with a positive result for dermodectic mange. A weeks worth of washing her down with a specialist ointment and she was sorted. If it continues, it might be worth asking your vet about this.
 

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Dermodectic mange. It's caused by the microscopic Dermodex mite which lives in the base of the hair follicles, (which is why the skin scrape is needed.) Virtually all dogs carry the mite, passed from the dam to her pups, and it lives a symbiotic life causing no bother to anyone. But just occasionally it runs rampant, multiplying exponentially. Why it should do this is not well understood, though the hormone rush of pregnancy is certainly involved. For this reason bitches who have developed dermodectic mange as puppies should not be bred from because of the likelihood of it returning.
 

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Thank you AliMack and JohnW, I will definitely mention this to our vet. It’s very heartening to think that if it is this, then there is a treatment which is effective in such a short timescale
 

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It can happen I'm afraid. A friend had it on a litter of Bernese Mountain Dogs that she bred. But yes, it all got cleared up without any further problems.
 
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