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20 February 2009 @ 10:14 pm
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Hi, guys! I didn't really know about Bostons until I started dating my boyfriend--he has 2 of them, Lily and Iris, and I adore them.

I have a question about itchiness. Iris always wants us to scratch her tail. Now, neither of us know exactly how to describe her tail, but it's kind of like a nubby-type of situation. I would guess it's a typical Boston tail. Anyway, it is always irritated and itchy and she's always sticking her butt in our face so we'll scratch it! Any idea what's happening here? Is there any way to get rid of the irritation? Sorry if I sound a little clueless, but it does seem to be bothering her a lot and I want to see if we can help her out.

A few pictures...
Lily, making a face:
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Iris and Lily:
The ladies!

Thank you!
 
 
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lucy_chronicleslucy_chronicles on February 21st, 2009 08:47 am (UTC)
Food and vitamins
They are generally cure-alls.

dynavite is the best. no more to few problems. mine are on raw food. checkout the raw dog food link community on LJ. mine are on oma's pride mixed greens w/ turkey this week. we had beef heart slices for din din.

would never feed them anything else and my pugs had serious allergy problems until they were switched along w/ put on vitamins. it's a heck of a lot cheaper than dog food and trips to the vet as well.

do some research and get on it! meanwhile, but scratches are just common love. ;-)
just another daynympha on February 21st, 2009 09:54 am (UTC)
I would say allergies too. They are prone to them. My sis's Boston had some pretty dry spots that would flake and the vet gave her a spray for the area and he was taking benedryl.
Jennylittlesunflower on February 21st, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
Does she scratch at her butt, too? Or scoot it on the ground? I would advise consulting a vet.

Alternately, she might just really really love getting her butt scratched. Gambit and Daisy love their butts getting the old scritch scritch treatment. I read that that can be very, uh, stimulating for them, especially the area above the tail. They will come at you butt first and go nuts for scratches there. So if she isn't bothering at her tail or backside at all other than requesting scratches, she might just enjoy being petted there...?

But for sure, if you are concerned, a vet would be able to check the area for any irritations or skin conditions.