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In a message dated 12/4/99 9:05:52 AM Eastern Standard Time,
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<< Both are chewing at the spots and I want to stop this before they get a
bare spot in the cold weather that will be coming shortly. Any ideas for
soothing and healing these spots? >>

Karen, are you sure there are no fleas?  Even one flea bite can send a dog
into frantic itching for several days if they are sensitized.  Quickie for
itching and chewing, used tea bags, soak in warm water and dab liberally on
the spots, amazing results, the tannic acid in the tea cools and soothes.
This isn't a cure-all, just help until you can get them something more long
term.  Also, vinegar poured on the spots will often stop itching and soothes.
 There has got to be a reason they are both itching, though, you need to
check thoroughly.  Allergy to something blooming?  Sprays or chemicals used
recently.  Change in detergent used for their bedding, or change in shampoo?

Allene