December 29th, 2003, 02:04 PM
I have a 4 year old, female, mixed breed, Shar-Pei/Shepard who weighs about 65 lbs. She is neutered and is current on all her shots. She has had a problem since she was young and it has been getting progressively worse. She gets irritated and attacks her rear end. She starts to growl and then will race around in circles snapping at her hindquarters. She originally did it only when someone bumped in to her, or would step on or close to her hindquarters. However now, she will start doing it even if someone touches her anywhere on her body, including her head. She has not ever tried to bite anyone, but the snapping and growling are pretty scary, and we're afraid someone may get hurt. We have been using Advantage flea treatment. When we first spoke to her vet about it, they suggested it may be allergies and suggested we change her food, which we did. She has been on a lamb and rice dog food for about three years. Unfortunately, both my husband and myself are unemployed at the time, so a vet visit is not feasible at this time. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.