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Dog Won't Stop Scratching

My Rottie has been scratching, biting, and licking himself to the point of driving me crazy. Could it be dry skin? How can I help him with his skin problem?

By Lora from Rio Vista, CA

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March 23, 20110 found this helpful

How about an examination by his Veterinarian? Itching/scratching can be a cause of many things. Please take your pet to the Vet.

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March 23, 20110 found this helpful

Try giving him a oatmeal bath. Dogs can also take Benadryl. You may need to have a skin scrape done by the vet to make sure it's nothing serious.

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March 23, 20110 found this helpful

My dogs cannot eat any food with corn or corn meal in it. It causes the same reaction. Take the dog to see the vet, and if it is just a general skin condition, try changing their diet. I feed my dogs lamb and rice food, and even buy lamb and rice dog biscuits for a treat, after I read labels and saw some dog cookies also have corn as a filler. Changing their diet resulted in no more itching!

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March 23, 20110 found this helpful

Your dog may be allergic to fleas. I got a dog from a rescue in November and they promised me she had been treated. However, when I took her to the vet, I found that she did have fleas, and she has a terrible allergy to them. It took two weeks for the itching to clear up and here is what I did:

1. Benadryl (get the amount from your doctor as it's based on weight) at night.

2. Fish oil twice a day (the kind for people, I cut the pill and squeeze it out onto her food)

After 2 weeks she stopped scratching so much. She still scratches, but no where near what it was. I no longer give her Benadryl and I have continued the fish oil. She's much better.

Good luck!

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September 1, 20110 found this helpful

Has your dog been checked for hypothyroidism? This can cause itching, scratching and hair loss. The treatment is very inexpensive.

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September 27, 20150 found this helpful

I find my dog has the same problem of itchy-biting-scratching. Been to the Vet 4 times with him and its always the same, buy this expensive shampoo,bynadryll,buy special food. None of it worked. Well then give us $500 and we will take a skin test. I take care of my 4 legged members but I find after going to 3 different vets,it seems all they do is guess. Well at $75.00 a guess plus medication it gets expensive. I am still looking for answers. But I find the vets dont have any.

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January 8, 20160 found this helpful

I don't know if this will help you my dog only scratches in summer I tried everything but nothing worked I went to the vet and they gave her a steroid injection and that stop her from scratching I don't,like to use chemical but I was driving her nuts and me I hope tat helps

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September 27, 20150 found this helpful

Try a hypoallergenic dog food. A soy-free, grain-free food is a good place to start.

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April 20, 20170 found this helpful

Our dog goes through the increased itch cycle every Spring.... We figure it is allergies. We do feed raw and only treat him with meat type snacks.

We drizzle a little first cold pressed olive oil on the food-we notice right away if we run out of oil.

Our main issue for him is he loves whatever food he can get. We know when he has had anything other than meat because he scratches like crazy. Bread is so bad for him but everyone likes to treat him and biscuits are cheap.

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