Dog is Licking Itself Raw

My dog licks, scratches and chews herself raw, bloody, and bald. Her skin is very dry and flaky. Please help.

By Sharon from WV

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January 7, 20100 found this helpful

Your dog might have food allergies. I would suggest that you change it's food to one that has all natural ingredients. Also, you could put an antihistamine in it's food everyday. I use Loratidine for my dogs. It can be bought at the dollar store, and one pill is good for 24 hours. Another thing you can do is put hydrocortisone cream on the skin that is itchy. Hydrocortisone cream can also be bought at the dollar store.

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January 7, 20100 found this helpful

My dog has many allergies airborne and food wise. We have switched him to Diamonds all natural lamb and rice. Made a huge difference. We also add 1 TBSP of plain yogurt with live cultures to his food. (He is 82 lbs) so adjust accordingly. Though yogurt will not hurt the dog. I also add about a cup or so of water to his dish and mix it all around like soup and he loves it. He is doing so much better it is amazing.

I don't know about hydrocortisone , I would check with the vet first. Oh and my DH bathes the dog with a specific shampoo it is made by Davis and it is a veterinary product: Maximum Chlorhexidine Shampoo with 4% chlorhexidine Gluconate.

Duvall has been a much happier dog since we have done this. Good luck with the pooch!

Laura in SW FL

Ps. I make my own yogurt now (got the recipe here on Thrifyfun.com) saves huge money on the yogurt bill and the dog likes my yogurt way better then the store bought. LOL...

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January 7, 20100 found this helpful

We have an itchy dog and it is because of allergies. We give generic Benedryl and use a better quality dog food containing mostly lamb and rice. Corn based dog foods can contribute to allergies. I would not use hydrocortisone cream as the dog may lick it. Our vet said to use Head & Shoulders to wash the dog! Sounds crazy, but it hasn't hurt our Pinky so far.

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January 7, 20100 found this helpful

I had a dog that looked just like that! FIrst I would buy some Ivermectin at the feed and seed store. The bottle is for a horse and says it's for injection. Give .05 ml oral per 2 lbs of weight. (this is also the drug used for heartworms) The bottle is about $40 for 1200lbs so it will last a long time. See Dr. Michael Fox's newspaper/or web site about mange. Give a dose a week for 4 weeks. Also add 1/4 tsp of baking soda to a 8 0z peroxide bottle. Spray onto dog, do not rinse repeat daily until skin heals. Do not save left overs. Sharon

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January 7, 20100 found this helpful

My Mom's dog has a similar problem, with itching, chewing, and dry skin, bad ears too. We have taken her to the vet a billion times just for them to say allergies. That's not what it was. She had a yeast infection. You can use Apple Cider Vinegar in her food, and rub on the skin, also Yogurt works. If you do a google search on things you can give your dog for a yeast infection you will also see shampoo you can buy for this.

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January 8, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks so much for all these ideas and suggestions. I am going to try some of them, I gave her yogurt last night and she LOVED it :) I also gave her a sponge bath with oatmeal shampoo, she loved that too, and I noticed that she has a red rash or little red bumps over most of her entire body especially the underside. I didnt see any fleas, my husband thought maybe she just has fleas real bad, but I didnt see one flea. Sharon

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January 10, 20100 found this helpful

Believe it or not, but dandruff is an over-growth of candida. Pets can get this too. Yeast is candida. That's why vinegar works. Candida has a PH of about 5-6, I think. By lowering the PH, vinegar is about 4.0 or so & this is detrimental to the candida. Baking soda has a PH of about 8.0, so it does the same thing. The only thing I can add, is that candida is very adaptable. So try different things at different times.

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January 10, 20100 found this helpful

Was your dog just vaccinated? Could be vaccine poisoning which is very common due to the rotton ingredients in them. R u feeding grocery store (like Purina) food? Big nono. Raw is best but at least get Innova, California Natural--something better than the caca scraped from chicken pens and put into pet food. Check it out, people. No corn, wheat or soy. All allergens.

Get some half cooked kale in some coconut oil. All love it. So good for them. Yogurt is great. Some cottage cheese, Extra Vitamin C. If you are in heartworm territory do not do Ivermectin. If your dog has heartworm and heavy dose of I it could kill. No heartworm? Use Ivermec paste by measured poundage. Your dog could have mange. It also is possible thyroid deficiency. Glad that you care enough to try these things because your dog looks like it is really suffering. You can do it. Keep in touch. We all care.

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January 10, 20100 found this helpful

Sharon, your dog needs to go to the vet to determine what is wrong with her. It sounds to me like it is mange, and a severe case at that - which can kill. Dogs that have compromised immune systems can be overcome by mange. Do yoiur dog a favor and and take her to the vet. Get a scrapping done. Mange is NOT easy to get rid of. If it is mange, along with the treatments that will be necessary, boost your dog's immune system with a good multi-vitamin for dogs, vitamin E (1000 IU daily), start feeding some raw beef, vegetables and fruits (start gradually so as not to upset the digestive system). You'd better go fast to the vet.

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January 10, 20100 found this helpful

The post before me that told you to get to the vet was correct. Your dog has a serious problem that can be fatal. Only a vet can help. There are two types of mange; one is hard to clear up and the other is not so tough. The longer you wait to start the less your chances of a cure. It requires a very specific medicine that only the vet can give you. Please get to a vet asap.

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January 11, 20100 found this helpful

It sounds like your dog has a serious allergy, one of mine was the same way until we found out he is allergic to flea bites and cat food, one flea can bite several times and one bite can cause them to have a hive like breakout . The flakes on the skin sounds like seborrhea which also causes itching , scratching and biting and licking, there are special shampoos that deal with that.

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January 21, 20100 found this helpful

The best person to help your dog is your vet who will correctly diagnose her problem and alleviate her discomfort.

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January 24, 20100 found this helpful

After you to the root of the problem, give a daily dose of omega 3 to your dog. You will have to put it in the mouth and hold shut until it is swallowed. Tuna and salmon are excellent sources of omega 3's and my dogs love them both. Also, mixing extra virgin olive oil in the food daily is excellent for their skin. I mix it in my dogs food . Some dogs have an allergy to all the dyes and stuff in store bought foods. Try all natural dog foods which don't have all the unhealthy stuff in them. I sure hope you can get this cleared up because it's making your dog miserable.

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June 26, 20140 found this helpful

You might want to get your dog to the vet. Sounds like an allergy. Some dogs are allergic to grass and the fecal matter from fleas.

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