Hello, I am new to the board and have a question. My yellow lab scratches alot. She has a hot spot on her paw that we cannot get rid of. What advice do any of you have? Is this a common thing with yellow labs?
I agree that there could be many things causing her to scratch a lot.
As was suggested, you need to start ruling out causes to better know how to help her. The very first thing you should make sure of is that she doesn't have fleas. Do you notice her scratching more during the spring, summer or fall? If so, this would suggest she has some kind of allergy.
My Labrador starts scratching badly in the late summer/early fall. We have figured out that it is some allergy to something outside during this time of year and we give her Benadryl to help control the itching. You'd be amazed at how much the Benadryl really helps her!
My vet also first suggested using Oatmeal Shampoo to give her a bath. It is supposed to be the very best kind of shampoo to help dogs with itchy skin... Unfortunately though, we quickly found out that I am allergic to the shampoo... :
If it is a food allergy, your vet will probably suggest that you knock her down to just eating lamb and rice to see if the itching stops. Then you start building the variety of food back up until you can find something that is making her itch. (I don't think this is very common for most dogs.)
Also, you may want to have her checked by a vet for mites. When I first rescued Lexus from the shelter she had a couple hot spots and the vet informed us they were being caused by mites. We recieved a topical cream and some medicine and everything cleared up perfectly.
Bets of luck to you. I hope you find something that works for the two of you!