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  • Help...Dogs are itching like crazy!

    I've never had such skin issues with my dogs. One has a big bald spot on the top of her back and they both scratch/chew constantly. I've had minor issues in past summers, but nothing like this. I've treated for fleas and use an anti-itch spray, but I am wondering if they pick something up at the barn (they go everyday and get into everything.) Has anyone found a product that really works? Thanks!

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    Originally posted by caryledee View Post
    I've never had such skin issues with my dogs. One has a big bald spot on the top of her back and they both scratch/chew constantly. I've had minor issues in past summers, but nothing like this. I've treated for fleas and use an anti-itch spray, but I am wondering if they pick something up at the barn (they go everyday and get into everything.) Has anyone found a product that really works? Thanks!
    Try Gold Bond Medicated Powder. I adopted an old golden retriever who had terrible hot spots. She would lick her armpits, and they smelled like they were rotting. I started using the powder, and she loved it. I would tell her it was time to "powder her pits" and she would happily let me do it. The hot spots dried up and healed, and she stopped licking immediately. I would give it a try on your dogs.

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    • #3
      They may have severe flea allergies....

      What does your vet say?
      A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

      Might be a reason, never an excuse...

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      • #4
        Springtime Garlic!!!

        I have put my dogs on Springtime feed Garlic. Its wonderful. It helps with my terriers itchy skin and a bonus it keeps fleas and ticks off!! I highly recommend it. I have been using it for 3 years with great success.I took them off one time and the itching came back, as soon as she got back on it the itching went away. Another bonus its relatively inexpensive. Hope this helps.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ALJUMPER View Post
          I have put my dogs on Springtime feed Garlic. Its wonderful. It helps with my terriers itchy skin and a bonus it keeps fleas and ticks off!! I highly recommend it. I have been using it for 3 years with great success.I took them off one time and the itching came back, as soon as she got back on it the itching went away. Another bonus its relatively inexpensive. Hope this helps.
          Garlic can be toxic for dogs.

          Which flea product are you using? You may want to switch to Advantage if you've been using Frontline. If it is a flea allergy, just one small bite can send them into a tizz. Is the bald spot red and raw? If so, it may have gotten infected from all the itching--she may need oral antibiotics. There are also a few antibacterial/steroid sprays that your vet can prescribe to help get the itching under control. Your vet can also recommend a dose of Benadryl or an alternate antihistimine if needed.

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            I have previously given my dogs benadryl for allergies and this always seems to work for any allergy reaction they may be having and was approved by my vet. You can call your vet and ask the dosage for your dogs weight. My dog is about 55 pounds and I give her one benadryl capsule, but for my smaller dog, I open the capsule and pour out half the powder and reclose it.

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            • #7
              My dog is also itching up a storm. He's on Comfortis and I've found no fleas on him. He's white so they are relatively easy to spot. I'm about positive it's allergies stemming from outside. I was told to get oatmeal shampoo as well as epsom salts. Tea bags also work. Brew a dark tea bag and place it on the hot spot, if your dog has any, when the tea bag has cooled. The tanins in the tea supposedly help. I will be doing all of these things a.s.a.p.
              "Sometimes you just have to shut up and color."

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                #8
                Thanks for the tips! I will give them a try and see if I get any relief. A trip to the vet will be in order if this keeps up.

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                • #9
                  What breed are they? Golden retrievers and some other breeds are very prone to hot spots and can be difficult to treat. I would also consider the food they are on. If your dogs suffer from skin issues ( dry, itchy, etc .) take away food with corn at least. There is decent food that can help that is not too expensive. It may not solve the problem, but can maybe help get it in the right direction.
                  "If you've got a horse, you've got a problem"

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                  • #10
                    I think your dogs need a skin scrape for a more conclusive diagnosis. Could be flea allergy dermatitis, but could also be sarcoptic mange (is everyone compulsively scratching now that I've said the "m word?" ).

                    Another thought is food allergies if you have recently changed foods. But considering they are both reacting so badly, I'd assume (as you have) that it's environmental.
                    Life would be infinitely better if pinatas suddenly appeared throughout the day.

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                    • #11
                      Try children's benadryl. I get the grape flavor. My German shepherd had a sting of some sort on her back and ripped out all the hair around it. So I slathered it for several days with cortisone cream and gave her the benadryl. It settled right down within a day or so. The hair is also pretty much back.

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                      • #12
                        If its fleas, a capstar followed by frontline will kill them immediately then keep new ones off...
                        HaHA! Made-est Thou Look!

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                          Originally posted by imissvixen View Post
                          Try children's benadryl. I get the grape flavor. My German shepherd had a sting of some sort on her back and ripped out all the hair around it. So I slathered it for several days with cortisone cream and gave her the benadryl. It settled right down within a day or so. The hair is also pretty much back.
                          Please don't slather anything with cortisone cream. This can cause terrible problems if your dog can reach it and lick it off or if they scratch it and then lick their feet. I can't imagine dosing a German Shep with Children's liquid Benadryl. THe appropriate dosage for a dog is about 1mg/lb so an adult Shep would need cups. I have a 93# Shar Pei mix who get skin issues (obviously ) and he get 100mg (four of the normal adult tablets).

                          Using grocery store type flea control can cause skin irritation as well as other maladies to sensitive dogs. We have seen several this spring already at the clinic.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Chester's Mom View Post
                            If its fleas, a capstar followed by frontline will kill them immediately then keep new ones off...
                            Very good advice.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by busterwells View Post
                              I have previously given my dogs benadryl for allergies and this always seems to work for any allergy reaction they may be having and was approved by my vet. You can call your vet and ask the dosage for your dogs weight. My dog is about 55 pounds and I give her one benadryl capsule, but for my smaller dog, I open the capsule and pour out half the powder and reclose it.
                              Again, Benadryl comes in 25mg tablets. A 55# dog would get two.

                              Please read the labels carefully. Benadryl now also comes in Benadryl Cold and Sinus with ingredients that you do NOT want to give your pet. Use only plain Benadryl.
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                              • #16
                                Last May, my Lab was also very itchy and scratching/licking like crazy. It turned out he was reacting to the grass/pollen. The vet put him on Vanectyl-P (50 pills so about 10 days) and some omega fatty acid liquid. That was followed up with Benadryl as required (adult), but I can't remember the dose since we were away and my friend did all the medicating.
                                In November, he had a hot spot behind one ear and the vet prescribed Surolan Skin and Ear Solution (30 mL).

                                I have to touch wood, but so far so good this year.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by caryledee View Post
                                  I've never had such skin issues with my dogs. One has a big bald spot on the top of her back and they both scratch/chew constantly. I've had minor issues in past summers, but nothing like this. I've treated for fleas and use an anti-itch spray, but I am wondering if they pick something up at the barn (they go everyday and get into everything.) Has anyone found a product that really works? Thanks!
                                  mites flea them again but look here www.camrosa.co.uk click down side bar -- dogs

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