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Use Listerine, amber colored only, for itch. Make sure you get the feet entirely wet along with body parts. It can be used on livestock and pets safely. Helps cure almost any itch, from fungus, yeast, allergy itch, or habit.
Their diet must be cleaned up too. No corn, wheat, or soy. They are all allergens, especially now with GMOs. Never buy pet food from the grocery store. Purina is so commercial it almost always has its first ingredient as corn, the biggest allergen. Include some raw food including fruits and veggies (NEVER any grapes or raisins as they can kill). Check on Diamond lamb and rice at the horse feed store. It is inexpensive and the first ingredient is lamb.
Vaccines can bring on immune system failure. Vaccine ingredients are very dangerous to the brain and other organs. Google ingredients to verify. The rabies vaccine is ,However, mandatory for getting a license.
You can use dry 20 Mule Team Borax in carpets for flea infestation. Don't use flea poisons. They enter the liver and kidneys. Build immune system with good food and good care. It takes a while, but is well worth it. Fleas don't seem interested in biting as much, life is longer, and certainly more comfortable.
Source: Lots of research and lots of years of fostering and taking in the less fortunate.
By Vicki from Roseburg, OR
Hi Vicki, I live in Roseburg too so I went to the feed store today and bought the Diamond food you recommended. Thank you so much. I was concerned that the food I was using was not good, and sure enough, the first ingredient listed was corn.
When my dog was a baby she had the shiniest velvet coat, not so much lately. I hope I can bring it back to being shiny and healthy.
Thanks again. ~ Ivy's mommy
I had a Golden Retriever who developed welts and hotspots from flea bites and had a Labrador Retriever who had skin dermatitis. The following are some tips for you to try that have helped us (once you've eliminated mange, or other bacterial skin issues with your vet):
CRITICALLY IMPORTANT NOTE: Vinegar can burn like the dickens on any open sore or rash. PLEASE do not use if your pet is having these problems. A possibility for these issues is to dilute it to about 1 Tbsp. of vinegar to 3 qts. of water or even more water. It doesn't take a lot to show results. Once the sores are reduced, you can increase the amount slightly for maintenance.
Hope these tips help some of you struggling with these canine issues. Been there, done that, and spent the money. Good luck!
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My pup has super bad allergies to the point where he's driving himself crazy trying to scratch and lick his paws and chew his skin away. He gets bumps all along the top of his body (no redness or hives or anything on his belly or by his doggy parts). I've taken him to 3 different vets and they all gave me different stories, but the same meds (steroids).
I've changed his food, bathed him in oatmeal and hypoallergenic shampoo, I've used sprays, lotions and nothing is working. The lotion I use(d) is called, ResiCORT Leave-on Lotion for dogs, cats, and horses by Virbac animal health dermatology. It works for the most part on restoring his hair missing from the bald spots. Whatever he has, it comes back around every 3-4 months (1 of the vets told me this would happen and he would have to be on pills the rest of his doggy days). He goes on a scratching and chewing his skin binge. I feel super bad for him, but don't know what else to do. Only he gets it.
I have his brother and another male red nose Pit in the same house and nothing ever goes wrong with their skin, no allergies, scratching, chewing of the skin, nothing. Does anybody else have this problem with their pups? Thanks bunches for any ideas and thoughts.
My German Shepherd had a condition called seborrhea and had all the same symptoms as your dog. Also, his coat felt greasy and he smelled. He scratched constantly. We spent about five thousand dollars on vet bills and prescriptions, steroids, and none of it worked. His allergy tests showed him allergic to everything..foods, grass, etc. We put him on Purina One Beyond which contains no wheat, corn or soy. Then we put him on a supplement called Dinovite that we heard a commercial for on the radio. We were willing to try anything. You can only buy it on line. It did the trick. My vet was amazed. She said she wished she had taken a picture of him before. His coat is thick, shiny, no odor, no scratching. He is beautiful!
I think you should try changing his diet, as he may be affected by something in his food, especially if it is commercial dog food. I think someone once posted detailed instructions for a dog diet that cured her dog of allergies like that, on this website. Try using the Thrifty Fun search engine for terms like Allergy Free Dog Diet,
Allergies and Diet, etc. If you don't find it here, then try a regular search engine like Yahoo, Google, etc. Some animals react to the commercial foods. I recall someone also bought food at a feed supply store that was non-allergenic. I don't remember what ingredients were thought to bother the dogs, but once they were eliminated, the dogs recovered. Sorry I'm not being specific, but I didn't have the problem with my pets, and just remember reading the postings.
I have a blue nose pit she does the exact same thing she's almost 9 yrs old. I found she has allergies too wheat and gluten. She eats special food and I use Burt's bees shampoo n conditioner helps. But the coconut oil helps the coat also. I have to give her benadryl due to her having anxiety as well. I think this all comes with age. My German Shepard happen to as well and neither have or had fleas. Hope I can help good luck.
My Yorkie, Ziva has been tested at the vet and is allergic to dust mites of all things. Mainly she chews her feet; it has been suggested on website that she be given Benadryl; 1 mg per pound of her weight. I also read an article in a vet's magazine that said 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil on her food might help. Does anyone have any views on this?
I'm not convinced Benadryl is good for humans, let alone dogs.
One thing you can do in order to eliminate or curtail the problem is eliminate any carpets or old furniture you have. If this is not realistic, then just by vacuuming compulsively you will help the problem. YOu can also replace all your pet's bedding, or at least wash it in hot water once a month.
coconut oil and other oils do sound like a good idea, as is giving her foot baths. Also there are different products you can try, such as
My dog has a problem. She's itchy a lot. I don't know what to do. Help me.
She could be allergic to her food. Give her a bath with dawn dishwashing liquid, not getting any in her eyes. Then change her food to a different form of meat that what she has now, and make sure it has no by products, and corn is not in it. You can go look at the feed store to find them or look for rachel ray dog food.
Get the dog a capstar, then give it to her to see if it gives her any relief. Start giving her a bit of coconut oil on a spoon everyday, and watch and look for improvement.
I have a 10 year old Chihuahua who recently, in the last 2 months, started losing his hair on his back. When I give him baths he starts scratching really badly afterwards and his skin starts flaking. I use Sergeant's flea and tick shampoo. What can I use to help his dry skin so he doesn't scratch so much after a bath?
He has to eat wet foods because his jaw isn't strong enough to chew hard food anymore. Can I use cocoa butter on his dry skin or will it hurt him?
I strongly suggest you take your dog to your vet now to clarify his problem and provide appropriate medical treatment. He may be allergic to the over-the-counter flea medicine or bath soap and many other possibilities. You cannot treat the itching, losing hair etc., effectively if you do not know the reason and provide the correct medical treatment.
First, try using a different bath shampoo. If it's too alkaline it will cause dry skin. Also, use a brush to help exfoliate skin flakes. Yes, you can use cocoa butter. That would be a good start. Try it and see if it helps. Another thing that could help is coconut oil.
If nothing else seems to work after several days, consider a vet visit to rule out the chance he might have caught something like mites or mange.
My 5 year old Shih Tzu on top of having to ear infection is constantly scratching. I don't know what to do for her. What can I do? I need help.
Your dog obviously has a problem that may or may not be related to the ear infection. As you do not know what causes the scratching, I suggest you take her to your vet immediately as she may have fleas, an allergy, a response to a medication, etc. If you delay taking her to your vet, it is most likely that she will continue scratching and may develop new skin and other problems from whatever is causing the scratching. The most cost-effective approach is to find the cause and provide treatment now.
Are you treating the ear infection? What is the treatment you are using?
Shih Tzus are small lap dogs bred to be pampered. They require lots of care in the form of professional grooming. They are also delicate and you have to have funds available for vet care if you are going to own one.
Shih Tzus are prone to certain health problems, including Intervertebral Disk Disease, Patellar Luxation, Stenotic Nares or Hypothyroidism.
As far as the skin condition is concerned, it could be anything, from mange to a fungal infection or possibly an allergy. A skin scrape will be necessary.
My Pit Bull won't stop itching, scratching, or biting himself. He also smells bad. He scratches himself till he bleeds, he is losing hair on his tall and back. He has no fleas and I give him baths and nothing seems to work. Does anyone know what is causing him to do this? Please help.
Please take your dog to a vet. There are many possible causes for the itch, but if he smells he might have a secondary infection which would require antibiotics. There are many things that cause itch that can't be cured without drugs from the vet so please make an appointment as soon as you can.
Please ask your vet if your dog has seborreah. It is a skin disease that causes the dog to scratch constantly, the fur is oily and smelly and there may be bald spots. We rescued a German Shepherd who had it and it took us forever to get it under control. But what really worked is a shampoo called Malaseb. You can use it as often as needed. The big change came from a product called Dinovite which is a powder you add to the dogs food. You can only buy it from the manufacturer on line. My dog now has whiskers, a beautiful coat and never scratches. It is like a miracle.
The symptoms you describe could be a food allergy. Try changing your dog to a high quality lamb and rice dog food. My dog had this problem until I figured out he could eat salmon and rice. He then ate that without any problem until he was 17 years old. Look for dog food allergy posts on this site.
I have a female 57 variety dog. She is about 10 yrs old and very nervous. We have had her since she was 6 months old. She is frightened of everything and everybody.
It's very hot here just now. She has Frontline monthly so no fleas or ticks, but she just doesn't stop scratching. She is scratching so much she is losing her hair. I have been to the vet's and got some shampoo which was expensive. I don't mind this, but it didn't work. Now they are talking about her food as the possible problem. I put oil in her food. She is fed just once a day because it's so hot.
Any ideas would be great. Should I be putting cream on her? She never goes out in the sun, ever. Help please.
Try feeding her dog food for a month with no soybean. You may even go so far a making your own dog food. The soymeal has been know to cause skin problems and other problems in dogs. It's certainly worth a try.
I have 2 labs that are inside children. They are on Comfortis for flea preventative. Since it has been so dry this summer, it seems to have affected their skin like it does our allergies. I got a box of Aveeno oatmeal bath. Stores sell their brand which is cheaper than name brand. I use a pack of it in their bath water when I bathe them each weekend. Seems to soothe their skin so they do not scratch. Hope that it works for your dog.
No grocery store pet food, no corn wheat or soy. Fish oil supplement is great a little plan yogurt is good. At least some raw diet. cook natural as you can, it is even less expensive than Purina. Best advice is nzymes granules. Their container of granules will last a very long time. You will find you will never want to be without it again. Great for skin (fungus, allergy, diet deficiency). Good for joints, healing and general health. Possibly her thyroid is slow.
No more poisons (frontline and others). Dry Borax in carpets, cedercide in yard (5 pound container lasts more than a year for average yard. No vaccines. They shut down the immune system. Google thuja for vaccine toxicity help. Check any anti vaccine site for ingredients in vaccines, ugly. Documented on vaclib.org. Write if you need me.
I agree on the oatmeal bath rather than an expensive shampoo. Unless the vet thinks she has some kind of fungus and the shampoo is a fungicide. Did the vet say anything about giving her benadryl at least for the short term to keep her from tearing her skin up with scratching? I would ask about the dosage for your dog's weight. Have you changed food recently? I find it hard to believe that she would suddenly have problems with a food she has been eating for years. Or has the manufacturer changed the ingredients in the dog food? Good luck and I hope your friend feels better soon.