Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 55

Thread: itchy dog

  1. #1
    Senior Member Cagey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Southern Wisconsin
    Posts
    826

    itchy dog

    A couple of weeks ago I adopted a dog from the human society. Since I got him home he is constantly itching.
    I've taken him to the vet and its not fleas or mites. Changed his diet to a lamb/rice but the itching continues.
    Tried oatmeal bath - no improvement. Has anyone had to deal with this and how did you solve the problem.
    this must be driving the poor guy crazy.

  2. #2
    Super Member suebee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    4,077
    Sounds like allergies...call your vet and ask if you can give him benedryl. Helped mine Poor little boogie.
    Bless your heart for adopting
    SUEB

  3. #3
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    dallas tx.
    Posts
    4,692
    Blog Entries
    3
    He could be nervous, being adopted. He is in a new place and doesn't know what is going to happen next. Hasn't known for sometime, probably.

  4. #4
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Norfolk, VA
    Posts
    5,055
    Blog Entries
    1
    This past yr my dog all of a sudden started doing the same thing. My daughter is a groomer and said she had a yeast infection; down below and in her ears. I took her to the vet and at first he didn't think that's what she had but, yes it was. Plus all of a sudden she's sensitive to the fleas to the point that her skin turns red; like inflammed. She's always been on flea prevention but with some dogs it only takes on flea to cause this. I changed flea meds to internal once a month and she took some antibiotics. She's alot better and her fur has mostly grown back. My large dog we give vitamins too and they help his skin along with his joints. Plus when his skin is really dry we put Skin So Soft on it and that helps him.
    Judy

  5. #5
    Super Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Orbiting
    Posts
    1,442
    I vote for the benedryl and skin so soft. Skin so soft will help keep the fleas away. When we lived in Florida, we would soak my dog in a tub of warm water and skin so soft. We would just sit with him and keep swishing the water over him.

    We had another dog later on that was allergic to everything green and growing. But she had to be an outside dog since she could not control her bladder. The Vet advised the lowest dosage available in over the counter benedryl.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Andii's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    594
    My dog has multiple food allergies-after many years of trial and error we've settled on Iams Sensitive Oceanfish, Barley and Rice. She seemed to be allergic to chicken and that is in almost everything! When we were trying different foods the vet said it takes awhile to get the old food out of the system-like twelve weeks or so. Bailey is also on Benedryl when she just can't stop itching. Good luck.
    Andii

  7. #7
    Member BeckyPotter's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Pompano Beach, Fl
    Posts
    58
    Our dog is allergic to fleas. He has to get a steroid shot once a year , Plus he takes flea meds every month. Benadryl is not enough.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    utah
    Posts
    535
    my dog has to be on a steroid twice a day to keep from itching and breaking out on his belly

  9. #9
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Louisville, KY
    Posts
    1,277
    Allergies!

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Western NY
    Posts
    799
    We had a little dog we adopted and before long he also started itching. His hair was oily, skin flakey with pimple like sores. He would scratch so much that he would bleed. We had to wash him in Dawn, then let him sit in an oatmeal bath. He probably got a bath two or three times a week. Did I tell you that he smelled sooooo bad. We loved that little guy. We had him tested for his allergies and he was allergic to almost everything. He should have been adoped by someone in NYC where he could never walk on grass. Anyway, we had to give him steroids every day to keep him in check. He certainly was high maintainence but probably the nicest dog we ever had.
    Marilyn

  11. #11
    Senior Member COYOTEMAGIC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Only the Shadow Knows........
    Posts
    972
    Blog Entries
    3
    Chicken is a very common food allergy in dogs. Check all your treats and the fine print on your food to see what is in it. I've been feeding my dog the same food for 2 years and suddenly she is itching all the time. She's on Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream---Grain free. Not sure what I'm going to try her on now.

  12. #12
    Super Member Glenda m's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Oklahoma
    Posts
    1,132
    My dog has the itchies. When I took him to the vet.. it was allergies to the grass in the back yard! Vet gave him a steriod shot, but that didn't last long. I finally got Hartz skin care hydrocortisone spray for cats. Since it was for cats, I didn't have to worry about him licking at it. Now when he starts to 'rub' himself on the floor, LOL, we grab the bottle and he will through himself down, belly up and let us spray him. He looks so funny..on his back with legs up in the air. He is a Rat Terrior(yep, I spelled that right, LOL) so that is a lot of long legs.
    You can get older, but you never have to grow up! Tomorrow's just a future yesterday!-Greg Fergerson

  13. #13
    Super Member Country1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Bowling Green, KY
    Posts
    2,475
    Bathe mine in Avons, skin so soft, and it helped!
    Country 1

  14. #14
    Power Poster Jingle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Outside St. Louis
    Posts
    29,685
    I have two cats that is like that, to the point of pulling their hair out and one chews his hair to the skin. Looks like someone shaved him in spots. Skin looks healthy, I have changed treats, and food. Next step will be to take them to the Vet., just been trying everything else first.

    My Daughter has two Labs, one very sensitive, she gives them fish oil and their skin and coats are beautiful and shiny.
    Another Phyllis
    This life is the only one you get - enjoy it before you lose it.

  15. #15
    Member grandmaof3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Robinson, IL
    Posts
    92
    Blog Entries
    2
    We also just adopted a dog. She is a very nice dog but same problem with itching. No fleas and on benydryl. Vet told us if Benydryl didnt work to try half a tablet of claritin. If that didnt work try another allergy med. So far no luck. Wondering if she has yeast. Her skin is red and flaky too.

  16. #16
    Member grandmaof3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Robinson, IL
    Posts
    92
    Blog Entries
    2
    We use Purina One Chicken and Rice but may try Lamb and rice. She seems to be getting worse.

  17. #17
    Super Member alwayslearning's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    1,460
    So many of you with itching pups! And so many of them adopted. Thank you! Thank you! Thanks for adopting. Thanks for opening your hearts. Thanks for not giving up as soon as a problem shows up. They fill a place in your hearts that can be filled no other way!
    "Only those who know enough is enough can ever have enough." Lao Tzu

  18. #18
    Senior Member Cagey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Southern Wisconsin
    Posts
    826
    You are so right about filling the heart - My avatar is the love of my life that passed away from cancer about a year ago. Never thought I'd want another dog but after adopting our new guy it feels like my heart is finally healing. Now if I can just get the itching under control!

    Quote Originally Posted by alwayslearning View Post
    So many of you with itching pups! And so many of them adopted. Thank you! Thank you! Thanks for adopting. Thanks for opening your hearts. Thanks for not giving up as soon as a problem shows up. They fill a place in your hearts that can be filled no other way!

  19. #19
    Super Member willferg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Northern California, Sonoma Co.
    Posts
    2,697
    With Skin So Soft -- do you buy the bath oil or the shower gel? Thanks!
    People who start projects and never finish them are cooler
    than people who never start projects at all.


    http://quiltingquick.weebly.com/blog.html

  20. #20
    Junior Member Three Dog Night's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Western Washington
    Posts
    267
    I have an Irish Setter that started this cycle in August, took him to the vet and like you no fleas or mites. Put him on a glutten free diet and gave him salmon oil daily still itching. I read that Irish Setters are prone to thyroid problems so after 2 months of vet visits I insisted on a blood test for thyroid disease. Yes he has a thyroid problem, have him on a thyroid drug (took two tries to get the right dose) and skin problem has cleared up and no more itching. Your vet will probably not want to do the test but insist on it (not that expensive). Look up thyroid disease in dogs this is a real problem that can be fixed.

  21. #21
    Power Poster nativetexan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    home again, after 27 yrs!
    Posts
    16,258
    Blog Entries
    2
    i was thinking it might be your carpet if you have any. but ck with the Vet for the test mentioned too. good luck.

  22. #22
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Jacksonville, FL
    Posts
    361
    One other thought. Hormones.

    Granted, it was a cat, but ....

    Tinker started to itch. The cat literally licked and scratched every bit of fur off of every bit of body she could reach. The vet and Tinker's family tried everything. Then the vet suggested hormones. It turned out that very low doses of human birth control pills did the job. And, as it turned out, she didn't have to take them forever.

    Funny story. The vet gave me a scrip for the pills and sent me to the local pharmacy. The pharmacist gave the scrip a quick look and cleared his throat. He said, "Ummm, ma'am, these aren't going to work for you. They are just not strong enough." When I could quit laughing, I told him that I didn't get meds for myself at the vet; that the birth control pills were for my cat who we suspected had a hormone imbalance (she had been neutered before she was rescued).

    The pills went home and the cat stopped itching.

  23. #23
    Super Member cherrio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Ohio, the land of 4 seasons. sometimes all in the same week!
    Posts
    2,495
    my word! there is a lot of scratching pups out there. I have 4 dogs. 2 seem to be itching from the grass. I will try the benedryl but she is a 7 lb yorkie so will have to call the vet about the dose. the other is a 30 lb mix of ????? and ????. yea, like that. they only are outside to do their business and right back in so we can try the skin so soft too. thanks for sharing your trials and solutions!
    You never stand taller than when you stoop to help a child.

  24. #24
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Norfolk, VA
    Posts
    5,055
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I have two cats that is like that, to the point of pulling their hair out and one chews his hair to the skin. Looks like someone shaved him in spots. Skin looks healthy, I have changed treats, and food. Next step will be to take them to the Vet., just been trying everything else first.

    My Daughter has two Labs, one very sensitive, she gives them fish oil and their skin and coats are beautiful and shiny.
    My cat was like that. I got her a flea colar even though we never saw any on her and as long as she has it on she doesn't scratch and she has a full coat of hair. Flea colars my not work that well for dogs but this one works great for her itching. It's around $7 and works for months. I wish it was that easy for my dogs
    Judy

  25. #25
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Jacksonville, FL
    Posts
    1,391
    Our one of our adopted dogs is very allergic. He gets benadryl 2x daily but we still have to take him to the vet on occasion for a shot. Depending on the time of year the shot can last 1 month up to about 3 months but then he's back for another shot.

    Interestingly enough, when Tramp was adopted by our friend she adopted him because he had almost no hair on his body and his skin was very red and irritated. Turned out he was in a kennel with a concrete floor and, yep, Tramp's allergic to concrete. When my friend lost her farm she had to give up 3 of her 5 dogs and we were blessed Tramp. Our schnauzer was on a special allergy food and when Tramp came along we gave him the same food and low and behold ... he now has hair thick enough he has to go to the groomer. He's a heinz-57 variety and it's really funny because the hair on the back half of his body is more wirey than the soft hair on the front half of his body ... a true mutt!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.