What can I do about my puppy always scratching?
By Anita from Phoenix, AZ
First, I would get rid of any fleas by covering the carpet with salt, putting a flea collar in the vacuum bag, not on the dog, and then by bathing it in dawn and peroxide mixed in your hand and lathering it up and letting it sit a minute. Rinse well, praising the dog the whole time it is in the bathtub. Go through the whole coat with a flea comb after it dries. Flea combs are great!
If you think the dog doesn't have any fleas, then change the food that he eats to a better food, preferably one with meat as a first ingredient. If you are feeding the cheapest food, get the next higher priced food. If you cannot afford that, then start to give him a bit of meat every day with your dinner or lunch, for him to have since the dog food has so few meat products in it.
Don't give the dog wheat at all or brewer's yeast. Keep it on all sorts of good snacks, the best snack is a bag of pro plan or authority or any food that has meat and not meat by products as a first ingredient. I hate the way dog foods are made these days. When was the last time National Geographic showed a picture of a wolf chasing a bunch of corn out in the wild? It doesn't happen!
Make sure you don't use Frontline because it doesn't really work anymore and no one knows why. Never buy over the counter flea drops, they can be deadly. Go to earthclinic.com or mercola.com pets section to see info on pets. Most of the time it is allergies, and I would give it benadryl at one milligram per pound of the puppy and then supplement a couple of drops of oil on its food, and make sure it is getting some oil. Some people I know supplement food with sardines in their dog food. Make sure they are on a food that gives them less of a stool. Any food that they go to the bathroom all the time is not doing them any good and coming right out of them.
I often put a drop or two of infant vitamin in soft food for my dogs to help with vitamins, but they also need to have healthy clean skin and also good water to drink and relatively stress free lives. I like to do the following:
I take a rag soaked in cool water, wrung out, every night and go over the coat and into the coat down to the fur-line. This gets rid of pollen and feels good to the dog as if you had just washed your face. Wash its paws and then brush it and then let this be your grooming session every night or so. Brushing is great!
As far as the cool rag goes, for the spring and summer it just feels good on them. And also it wouldn't be a bad idea to spray their feet after they have been out in the grass with a little water too, every so often. Also remember, that brushing and flea combing and getting hair out from under the first layer makes their skin healthier. Their skin needs to breathe.
Add your voice! Click below to comment. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!