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I gave my beagle "Roscoe" his normal flea drops from store. He quit biting and chewing for about a week,now he is doing it worse then ever!Could he have some type of rash and what can I put on it to relieve the irritation?

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It depends on what he is biting and chewing at, and if he does have a rash? if it is all around his body it could be an allergy to the drops, to anything really. Summertime is the worst time for allergies for dogs. You can give him over the counter Benadryl 25 mg twice a day morning and nighttime and it should help with the itching. If it doesn't relieve it he needs to be seen by a vet asap. If there is a rash he needs seen asap, if there is a rash near where you put the drops on that is even worse.

Also just a heads up I hope when you say flea drops from the store you mean maybe from Petsmart or Petco, If you are using anything from a grocery store or drug store, most likely made by Hartz, this is horrible stuff and has the most unnecessary chemicals in it along with the chemicals of the flea meds. PLEASE if this is so buy your meds from the vet at least so they are safer. None of these are truly safe because after all they are chemicals but at least those have been tested more and are monitored better. Here in So Cal I can get away with not using any on my dogs for most of the year but I see you are in Delaware so your dog may be more exposed to fleas, ticks and heartworms. This is really something that should be monitored and prescribed by your vet.  

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I am happy to answer BEAGLE BREED SPECIFIC behavioral questions. Please DO NOT ask MEDICAL questions! I am not a vet .

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I currently have one adorable beagle, a male age 6.5, a sweet and loving 3 year old female Pit Bull, a cute fluff ball 10 year old male min. poodle and my newest addition a 6 month old male pit who already 50# and is going to probably be twice that when done growing. I have unfortunately lost in the last years 2 beagles and 1 whippet/rat terrier mix. The two beagles lived to 15 and the whippet mix to 13.5, it was so hard to say goodbye to them. I have done rescue work on and off for many, many years as well as fund-raising for the local animal shelter. I worked for a dog magazine in the past (Southern California Dog Magazine). Being a psychotherapist has encouraged me to do in depth studying of animal behavior as well. I have worked with many people to help curb undesirable behaviors in their dogs (or them!) or to form good behaviors. My life is devoted to and surrounded by my dogs........The picture you see here is Zeppelin but we also call him the "miracle dog". He was hit by a car April 2010 while out with the dog walker and had very serious injuries... 4 surgeries and $17,000 later my boy is whole again and back to loving life. He is so special to me and he weathered a lot of pain and trauma yet is still the sweet boy he always was! I also work to stop Breed Specific Legislation and help to get pit bulls adopted.

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HSUS, PETA, SPCA DONT SHOP...ADOPT!! Ban the deed, not the Breed!!

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Dog Fancy

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I am a Marriage and Family Therapist licensed in the state of CA and am also credentialed as a Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist

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Honored by the Agoura Animal Shelter for my volunteer work.

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