Older Dog Losing Hair and Scratching?

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?

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February 26, 20161 found this helpful

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.

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February 26, 20160 found this helpful

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.

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February 29, 20161 found this helpful

I use hypoallergenic shampoo on my Papillion. Otherwise, he scratches like crazy.

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