Itching dog driving us crazy!

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  1. Lady D

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    I may have started a thread on this subject before but not sure. My son's Shih Tzu Barney just constantly scratches and constantly chews and licks until he has very irritated red bumps. This is at his backside above the base of his tail. I wash him in Head and Shoulders sensitive skin shampoo, it used to keep him clear but something is causing him problems. He has had a cortizone shot, cannot have another one, he is given a Loratadine 10mg every morning for the problem with allergies, on the place that is very irritated I use hydrocortisone spray which has always helped in the past but does not appear to be now. I have picked numerous fleas off of him over the past several weeks but I have only seen maybe 3 on him over the past week and look him over every day, wondering if all these places are flea bites or where he just chews. We have no answers to stop him from itching. I use Frontline on him once a month. Is this just a bad habit of his this chewing and licking of his I wonder. We hate to see him constantly irritated. Thanks.
     
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    Did the vet say it was allergies? My other pup used to get seasonal allergies, itching, hot spots. We had to give him the hydrocodone (i think ?) once daily during certain seasons. This was when he was older.

    Also, he could never be washed with regular shampoo at the groomer. We had to supply special sensitive shampoo.

    All these things helped relieve him during these particular times.

    Some dogs react to food sensitivities by itching.

    Good luck. Hopefully someone on the board with more dog experience will be able to suggest something.
     
  3. Lady D

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    Hey and thanks. She did say it was allergies. Sometimes his does look like hot spot. The shampoo we use on him is sensitive skin shampoo, as my son has always used it on him with good results in the past. If it is a grass allergy that is a problem as he does have to go out and tend to bathroom business. I guess they sell sensitive shampoo for dogs, will have to check the Petco petstore here. Or the vet. They said to give him the benadryl or the 10mg allergy pill daily. I may call the vet and see if they have any shampoo.
     
  4. Minnie

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    The Vet will have shampoos for the problem and they are the best to decide what to give him. I can't imagine that dandruff shampoo is what he needs.

    Fleas can definitely cause problems even if you are not seeing them and the base of the tail is a definitely problem area.

    Also food allergies are very common especially to dog foods that have corn and wheat in them. You need to discuss this with the Vet.
     
  5. snowman

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    i also read that 2 drops of iodine in the dog's water will help get rid of anything. it is a safe natural cure. you can look it up on the internet about iodine and pets. there is tons of info out there. it beats all the vet bills.:D
     
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    Find dog shampoo with an oatmeal base. The kind we use is called Relief and our vet carried it.
     
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    bless his heart. this made me think of
    Flea.
    Flea Fly.
    Flea Fly Mosquito.
    Kum a la, kum a la, kum a la vee sta.
    Oh no, no not the vee sta.
    Calamine, Calamine, Calamine Lotion
    Oh, no more calamine lotion
    Itchy, Itchy
    Scratchy, Scratchy
    eww I got one down my backy.
    EEK! Goes the bugs when you get 'em with the bug spray!
    EEK! Goes the bugs when you get 'em with the bug spray!
    SHHHHH!!!
    :lolabove::blush:

    hope barney's better soon, lady d.
     
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    I have been having issues with fleas for a month or so now even though we are starting to cool off. I have given up on front-line and Advantix. They really just stopped working for me. I am trying Comfortis (oral tablet) and so far so good. The problem is the fleas are still active outside and in order to control fleas on your pets you need to treat your whole environment. I am not really into using a bunch of chemicals at home, but about to try a garlic based spray to treat my yard. I have heard and read goods things about it. I am still thinking with the cooler weather just around the corner, I might want to wait until the spring. Also adding garlic powder, coconut and fresh rosemary to my dogs food has helped with fleas also. I use fresh rosemary and rub it on any irritated areas and that also seems to help not to mention makes him smell great.
     
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    Lady D, it might be thyroid. The original Miss Critter would bite at the base of her tail, and the fur was thinning badly there. I put her on a natural thyroid supplement for an unrelated issue and the scratching, biting and thinning fur issues cleared up. I neglected to re-order the pills before running out, and sure enough, it all started again shortly thereafter. I'm keeping a supply on hand from now on. I ordered these: Only Natural Pet Canine Thyroid Wellness for Dogs
    Hope this helps!
     
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    D I N O V I T E .com

    Stuff really seems to work.
     
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    If you are finding fleas on him I would napalm his bedding etc. and see if it helps. A lot of it may be happening when you are not able to see him.

    Have found the bitter apple spray works well to keep dogs from biting/scratching themselves raw, but in this case it sounds like there is a definite bug/allergy to deal with.
     
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    itchy dog

    The Ph balance of people shampoo is not right for dogs. Also, fish oil pills and/or flax seed oil, are very helpful. Puncture and put into food. Hope this might help!
     
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    Thanks everyone for the suggestions.
     
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    If you haven't changed anything else it could be flea bite dermatitus. All it takes is one flea to bite and that can set off all of the scratching. Keep the area clean and dry. The vet or petamart will have a shampoo called Malaseb. It is the best for itchy skin. I use it on my shepherd all the time it is very soothing. I also notice when my hands are chapped and I have used it they feel relief. The shampoo does not lather well but it works. It will also take away the smell.
     
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    I found at the local pet store a shampoo called Dermasphere that I have had for a while, it is a anti-itch shampoo, I have gone back to trying it again and am also using Tropiclean Oxy Med Medicated oatmeal treatment rinse on him, bought at the same pet store, it has made a difference, his itching is way less, not gone, but way better. I have found a oatmeal based shampoo for him. I just do not like the hard bumplike place on his lower back. It was sore obviously by the way he reacted last night when I put tribiotic cream on it, I have been applying it a couple of times today and apparently it is not as sore today. Hope it goes away.
     
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    When I was a kid we used to take the dogs for a dip in the Gulf to help their itchies, salt water is excellent for skin conditions!
     
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    Well, after a year of dealing with the scratching, chewing until raw places, and constant licking and several vet trips for cortisone shots when we could, baths in medicated oatmeal shampoo for dogs, etc., and many bumps all over the back later, we took the dog to another vet for allergy testing, results came in yesterday and I met with the vet today to go over the results. Wished we had done this a year ago. He has the typical allergies to outdoor allergens, bluegrass/june grass, not around here, johnson grass, ragweed, cottonwood, oak, elm, and sycamore trees. Not to mention housedust/mites, and a few fungus allergies, and the typical food allergies to poultry mix, no more chicken or turkey for Barns, milk, soybean, wheat, peanut, barley, white potato and green pea. So out went much of his dog food, dog bones, treats with any of those ingredients. Finding canned food without barley, wheat, chicken and turkey is not easy. Even the ones the vet marked for me to get ended up either having chicken, barley and wheat in them. I managed to find a few brands of lamb and rice, salmon and rice, etc without those things, but you think he will touch them? No way, especially the salmon and rice. Guess I will have to go and buy ground beef to cook him to eat along with the dry food I did find that is ok. Hopefully cutting these things out may help somewhat. Sorry this is so long.
     
  18. Matt J

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    Skunky's got a great recipe for organic lamb and rice.
     
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    Blue Buffalo sells organic canned and dry food. They have lamb and brown rice and beef with garden veggies and sweet potato.

    Blue Buffalo - Natural Canned Food

    They sell it at Petco and if you go to the site, they will mail you coupons.

    My puppy has had the itchy and scratchies too. I learned online that chicken is a common allergen with dogs. Go figure. :sosad:

    I have been eliminating certain foods to see what might be the culprit. I was using Wellness puppy and that had salmon and a bunch of herbs in it. Then I switched to Earthborn Holistic which uses whitefish instead of salmon and has a few less herbs. He is not so itchy anymore. I mix the Blue Buffalo wet food with the dry Earthborn.

    I also added digestive enzymes, the same ones people use. It is supposed to help with common food allergens and also aid in digestion. Vets are recommending people add these enzymes because over time dogs have lost them due to processed food, as opposed to them getting them from food in the wild. (which is why some dogs will eat other animals waste) While I am it, I add brewers yeast with garlic and it has added B vitamins. That helps with warding off fleas and ticks. It's an old wives tale, but it can't hurt. People swear by it.

    Good luck.
     
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    I'll give you another option to go along with all the great advice you are getting here. My groomer rubs a small about of emu oil into the fur after my dogs bath and her skin conditions cleared up in a hurry.
     

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