Allergies in a Springer Spaniel

My Springer Spaniel Smokie is always chewing on his paws and scratching under his chin.

He does this so often that his paws and chin have discolored to a reddish ting. He is a black and white Springer Spaniel can you give me some advice.

Thanks Sandy

From Anna@love-springer-spaniels

Hi Sandy

It could be a number of things. Springer have notoriously sensitive digestive systems and allergies from dog food can manifest themselves in skin conditions. If you have not all ready done so try to switch to his food to one that is hypoallergenic.

If you are UK based then try Burns dog food - I always feed my springer spaniels this, and not only does it manage allergies but it can calm them down. If you are US based try one of the ones listed on the dog food page.

If that doesn't work it could be arthritis in his paws. How old is he? If he is a dog in his senior years he could be arthritic, go and speak to your vet but there are also supplements that can help senior springer spaniels such as glucosamine and cod liver oil.

The scratching of his chin could be tooth ache as well. Check he doesn't have any visible issues with his teeth.

Hope that helps, let us know how you get on and if any of the above advice was of any use to you

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Jun 08, 2009
by: Anna

It could be that Smokie has Mange a small parasite on the skin. The only way to diagnose it is to go to the Vet and they take a Skin scrape and look at it under a microscope.

So if changing the diet doens't work this could be a cause

good luck

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