If people read my 1st thread on this forums which was titled "Street dog", they know I'm a first-timer dog owner here. :X
Ok, Snowball did NOT used to scratch a lot but now it does?? I took Snowball for a round around the neighbourhood so she gets to know the place well. When I came back and Snowball walked towards the grass and rolled on her back for a long time.. I thought it was normal so I went in to the house and checked if my cats are okay. After that I saw Snowball scratching herself around the back.. Is it just normal scratch, itch or the common fleas and ticks. My neighbours around the place have cats and only a few, I could say 2-5, only has dogs but they don't live near my house.. few houses away.
I carried Snowball and put her on the table and see why she was scratching at the place. I thought it was fleas and ticks but I didn't find any parasites.. I'm using normal shampoo when I bathe her now. I'm not really sure if it's itchiness or fleas and ticks..
The weird part is my 2 cats goes out everyday and comes back the same time (my cousin helped me to train it since she has a cat and dog and her cat does it too) and my 2 cats.. I never seen them scratch.
So my question is.. Should I take it to the vet for a check? >.< Sorry I'm just a beginner dog owner so I'm not sure.
Lots of dogs love to roll and sscratch their backs in the grass. The grass itself could have made her itchy and she was just scratching herself. If you roll her on her belly and watch her belly area for a minute or two, that is the best way to check for fleas. It is much easier to see them there than through all her fur. Also if you start at the back, the hair over her behind, and push against the way it lays you can look for little black and white specks. If she has fleas it will look like someone sprinkled salt and pepper on her.
You can go to your vet and purchase either Frontline or Advantix as flea preventative. Check the age and make sure she is old enough first before you use it.
A little scratching now and then doesn't necessarily mean fleas though.