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Thread: what would cause a dog to scratch all the time

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    she doesn't have fleas , she has been bathed in a shampoo that is suppose to make her hair soft she has been checked for fleas bugs and we can't find anything that would cause an allergic reaction but she just constantly scratches is driving me nuts if I tell her to stop she does for a few minutes and she only does it in the house but there is nothing new in the house anybody have any ideas thanks

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    Allergies, dry skin, dry Air??

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    As I sit here watching my cat scratch, I can confidently say, your dog is probably allergic to what everybody else is, pollen of various sorts.

    With cats, when they are allergic to airborne things and foods, they itch. I get her a steroid shot about 4 times a year and in between I had a compound pharmacy do up some transdermal benadryl or chlor-trimaton to keep the scatching to a minimum. There's nothing that can be done if the animal goes outside.

    Check with a vet, I had to have my cat tested to see what she was allergic too, it turns out she's allergic to many foods that she had been eating and if it's green and outside, she's allergic to it. I joke that she's the only cat in the world who's allergic to herself.

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    Tink gets hives....check her skin and see if there are any welts...if so, talk to a vet regarding dosage...Tink has to take Benedryl. Very important...Do NOT give dogs liquid Benedryl...it is full of alcohol.

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    I googled and there is some great information here:
    http://www.petmd.com/dog/general-hea..._bite_and_lick

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    my dog has allergies to grass or something in the grass. The vet told me to give him an allerge pill, Benadryl. It works. Barb

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    My dog has food allergies and itches incessantly. I had to change his diet to a hypoallergenic diet, which consists of only fish, potatoes, peas, and carrots. His itching is much, much better now. He is also on special compounded allergy medicine twice a day.

    Definitely take your dog to the vet... there is so much that they can do!

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    My son's dog is doing the same thing. They have had him to the vets numberous times. The vet gave him medicine and a spray for the areas bothering him. They also give him benadryl. Algergies. Unfortunately, that is the only thing the vet has come up with. I feel sorry for the dogs. My son's dog is scratching himself raw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjrusty
    my dog has allergies to grass or something in the grass. The vet told me to give him an allergy pill, Benadryl. It works. Barb
    yep, dogs get allergies too. This happens twice a year for us.

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    It would help to know what kind of dog. LWDs (little white dogs) are notorious for being allergic to just about everything. I have a westie and I have to be very careful what I feed him. He is constantly rubbing his face with his paws and on the carped. My vet had 1 client that had to import dog food made with kangaroo meat because he was so allergic! There are meds that you can give him but I would first look into his diet and make sure his food has no corn, byproducts, or fillers.

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