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Seriously Itchy Dog?

In August, my dog started itching like crazy. Her sister was itching, too, but not as badly. She scratched a bald spot on herself. I bathed both of them, could not find any fleas, and then the itching subsided somewhat.

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I took her and her sister to the vet. Several tests were run, they all came out negative, no mites, no fleas, no indication that her intestines had the wrong bacterial flora, and no pancreatitis.

Has anyone had this happen? The vet put her on a steroid and fish oil. I'm confused by this, I just don't get it.

By Carol Rodriguez from SouthBend, IN

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September 20, 20110 found this helpful
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Hi! The fish oil is great for their coats. My poor doberman, Sauer was born with red mange. He lost a ton of hair and itched constantly! During his mange treatments we began supplementing him with children's vitamins and fish oil. His coat started looking better immediately.

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The reason we used children's daily vitamins is because he was only 10 weeks old, and at that time weighed about 20 lbs. The children's vitamins contain vitamin e which is also great for their skin. I didn't want to give him to much vitamin e which is why we didn't use the regular capsules and went with a children's vitamin. As well as using the omega fish oil capsules.

Other things you could try would be oatmeal baths and maybe even using baking soda in the bath. Dogs are a lot like us, the things we use to treat our ailments are often used to treat them too. Just think, what would you do for for your dry itchy skin? It may help them too. Good Luck!

My mother in law gave us this information, she raised 3 dachshunds that had skin problems.

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September 21, 20111 found this helpful
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My little poodle started limping so I took her to the vet on Aug 22, 2011. They took x-rays and no arthritis, no tumors or anything showed up.

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The vet said it was probably allergies cause she was chewing on her foot and it became red and inflamed. He gave me some fish oil. Do not give people fish oil to your pets.

She has been on the fish oil now faithfully every day and to help her sleep at night I gave her people Benadryl Allergy 25mg Ultratab until she stopped chewing her foot. She is only 18 pounds so I cut the Benadryl in eight pieces. So that means she was getting about 3 mg at night. She slept soundly and woke up refreshed. I only gave her Benadryl for about five nights.

To help her during the day when I saw her chewing or licking her foot, I got a cup, put some warm water and pour some people Epsom Salt. No special amount. I tried to soak her foot for as long as she would let me. Five minutes is usually the most. Keep the foot totally submerged. Don't rinse the foot. I just pat the excess water off her foot and let the foot air dry.

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Do not let your pet drink any of the Epsom Salt. Epsom Salt draws toxins out of the body. Do a search on the "Benefits of Epsom Salt". This product is so good, you can buy it everywhere, not expensive and it works fast. I started seeing good results before the week was over.

We are going on a month now since she saw the vet and she rarely licks her foot, she is jumping everywhere and no more limping. Hurray! Her paws are a healthy pink not red and inflamed like they use to be.

I do suggest you give your baby good quality food with no byproducts, hormones, antibiotics, added salt, BHA/BHT, artificial flavors, fillers, wheat, corn, flour, soy or sugar.

I know this is a lot to avoid but the less of these ingredients in your pet's food will make your baby healthy and happy and less visits to the vet.

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Allergies can come from anywhere the food, grass, stuff on the sidewalks, oils on the streets, airborne, pollen, cleaners we use around the home just to name a few. l

I hope this helps cause it it sad to see our pets miserable.

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September 21, 20110 found this helpful
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I did have the same thing happen with my Sheppard/Lab it was recommend that I put her on a good quality dog food we tried Lamb meat base then was told that Lamb was meant for high energy dogs/larger, so we switched to a less fatty content.

Either way better food was then answer talk to a pet store they will recommend something better. Try a small bag first to see if your dog likes it. Most pet stores will back up the product if your dog don"t like it. Better quality food means your dog will be fuller longer but always read the bag only give the recommended for the weight of your dog.

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Look at the ingredients of the dog food. First word is the most content last word is the least content make sure your dogs not getting the unhealthy stuff like fillers.

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September 21, 20110 found this helpful

It could possibly be a food allergy. One of my dogs is allergic to the grain in the dry dog food so I feed him dry food that contains no grain.
Marilyn, North Bend, Oregon

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September 21, 20110 found this helpful

Please change their feed./ They sound like a allergy my daughter had 3 different foods for her 3 dogs one was allergic to wheat. I am not sure what the others were though.

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September 21, 20110 found this helpful

It is the food! Change to a protein source that is unusual, i.e. duck, venison. I have to use Merrick buffalo (teal colored bag). The problem is now solved.

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September 22, 20110 found this helpful

I agree sounds like a allergy. the fish oil is great for them. you can also give your dog benadryl to help alleviate the reaction. It's a mg per pound 2-4 times a day. 50mg(2 pills) once to twice daily should be good depending on his size. the generic equivalent is fine. maybe try a higher quality dog food with less grains in it. corn,wheat are allergy triggers to many dogs.

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September 23, 20110 found this helpful

Could be the food, but more likely its something out in the yard. My dog starts getting itchy every year around late summer, early fall. I give him fish oil capsules year around, but this time of year, I have to take him to the vet.

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