I have a Corgi and have commented on my poor Corgi's medical and mental issues in the Corgi aqnd Dane thread. Well besides all the behavior issues and physical issues she has now started a new one. First of all - for physical, she has 3 deformed feet, due to the fact that she has almost no joint left on her right side hind hip (30% 2 years ago and 75% left of left one at that time.) She has been on Rimadyl for the pain since. The last few eeks I have noticed her chewing a LOT at her sides, both sides and scratching. I have checked her again and again for fleas and nothing, I have not ever seen a flea here since we bought the place in 2001. I know what fleas look and act like, as when I was younger, our animals had them growing up. So I do not think this is fleas. My other thought is that she has some kind of skin issue, but I see not sores, redness, flaking, or anything abnormal going on. She has not lost any patches of fur....yet. I am kinda thinking that MAYBE, its just winter itch, like what we get, but I have had her for about 9 years and never an issue. She is on excellent quality food, Flint River, coat is not dry or brittle, nice and shiny. However, she is on Rimadyl and that is a NSAID drug and I am wondering about getting a blood test to check her liver functions. She has been on Rimadyl for about 2 years, and while it was always fine when we did blood tests int he past, I suppose that does not mean its OKAY now. I am planning on trying to get her into the vet on Friday, or tomorrow afternoon to do blood work. I also had planned on bathing her with an oatmeal shampoo this weekend to help her itch. She has always picked and licked at her feet, several years since then have gotten deformed, and I use bitter apple to get her to stop and this past week I have been using it to try to get her to not pick at her sides. When I brush her, and reach her sides, her back leg goes crazy like when you hit that spot that tickles, but also at the same time, she dips her head down and hunches (if thats possible for a dog to do) like it hurts her. I am not sure why I am posting this really, I guess I just wanted thoughts as to what to do to sooth the itchiness....as she will be getting to the vet anyway this week no matter what I have to do. Any ideas to help her with the itch?