Dog wont stop scratching?
even though i bath her, brush her and i have gave her flea treatment! any idea why she is scratching or how to get her to stop??
- ThumperLv 67 years agoFavorite Answer
The most common reasons for skin issues (i.e. itching, skin irritation, hair loss, etc.) include:
- Allergic reactions to flea bites, food/treats, grooming or house-cleaning products, etc.
- Fungal/Bacterial infections (ringworm, yeast, staph etc.)
- Steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot')
Scratching opens the door to skin infections. See remedy below.
For sensitive dogs just one flea can cause havoc. Even if not visible, you can always see the debris fleas leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If placed in water, they will turn red.
You can get rid of the fleas with natural methods to avoid exposure to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will cause harm sooner or later. For recommendations see http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where your dog roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-to...
The dog's digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Discontinue any food/treat with corn, wheat, etc. Get ones with no grains and with meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc. If possible, raw meat diet is best http://www.healthypetjournal.com/default.aspx?tabi...
Discontinue use of grooming or house cleaning products that can be allergens. For a while, use white vinegar as the cleaning agent for your floors, counters, etc. Vinegar has strong cleaning and antiseptic properties and the smell disappears quickly after use. See http://www.vinegarworkswonders.com/faqs.asp
Three types of mites attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.
Avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals which will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend the use of natural products. Search the Internet to find them. I prefer the spray type treatment which is effective, easy to use, and inexpensive that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html
As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
Many vets prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including skin problems.
SKIN INFECTION REMEDY
For many skin issues I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').
This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop within a few days. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.
Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mv_session_id=eDEGJ...
Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.
You can dust this powder and rub on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.
Alternatively, mix 1 tablespoon of flower of sulfur powder with 1/4 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. This method works well for smaller skin areas. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.
Apply daily until the problem clears.
- LaraLv 77 years ago
Here are a few of the most common itching causes:
1) She has flea, mites, or some other parasite. This should be treated easily and checked for.
2) She has a food allergy or sensitivity - this is very common. Among a wide range of symptoms, being itchy is the most common. Switch to a grain-free food, as grains are the most common allergens. Chicken can also be a common allergy, so switching onto a chicken-free food as well may help. Wellness Core , Merrick Grain-Free, I and Love and You Nude Food, Orijen, Acana Regionals, Blue Buffalo Wilderness are a few high quality grain-free options (most of these brands make several chicken-free recipes as well). Switch food slowly over 10-14 days, expect to see improvement within 1 month.
3) You are bathing too much. You should only bath once every 6-8 weeks max, as bathing dries out the skin badly. This can cause SOME itchy but not a lot of itching.
You can give 1 mg of Bendryl for every 1lb (regular - usually comes in a pink pill) every 6-8 hours - this will help while you figure out what is causing the issue, but isn't a remedy.
- MarianneLv 77 years ago
There are many reasons why dogs scratch and fleas are only one of the reasons. Allergies, both food and environmental, internal parasites, diseases such as diabetes or kidney disease, all can cause intense scratching. You can give her Benadryl, dosed at 1 mg per pound of body weight until you get to the bottom of this.
Start with the food you are using. Any corn, wheat, soy, by-products or chicken? These are the most common allergy inducing ingredients in dog food, so make sure you aren't feeding her anything containing these ingredients. Is the itching seasonal or year round? Has your vet tested her for mange mites? Has she been checked for worms? Any blood tests run to eliminate the possibility of internal problems? Have you ever had a thyroid panel run?
As you can see, there are many things you can do if you really want to stop this.
- 7 years ago
When our dog had itches and dry skin we were told she was eating too much cereal. We have to make sure she get more meat and veg and less cereal.
Unfortunately all affordable dog foods have high cereal content... so she eats what we eat.
Also: I don't know what flea treatment you give your dog but when we used the drops behind her ears she went MENTAL with scratching! Especially her ears - until is kinda wore off a bit - took about 4 days.
Since I have cut down on the dry food her skin is SO much better! No more creams or scratching.
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- keezyLv 77 years ago
Bites that haven't healed or dry skin.
- 7 years ago
get some vitamin E capsules and open it up and mix it in with her food, or you could just rub it on her back.