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What can I do for my little chihuahua, She doesn't not have fleas or bites her skin is not flaky or red but she scratches a lot! I don't think its anything medical but prehaps the dry winter heat.
oh this is hard to watch them deal with. So this is brand new then? No food changes so food allergy is not possible?
Our pups get fewer baths in the winter as the oils can stay in their skin. When they are bathed it's with only an oatmeal shampoo.
I know some feel doggy clothing is bad but our vet advised Mom's Yorkie to wear something out when walking in cold and windy weather. His skin is sensitive and there is also an additive to add to food that helps him. Humidifiers help people so that's worth a try. Poor Yorkie, the more he scratched the more Mom washed him which was not what he needed at all.
My Ben lays near the fireplace but I think it's because he knows he looks good there! = )
Good luck Polly. I sure hate to see them bothered with the itchies.
Oh Kirby has had problems for years with itchies. We've tried tons of things, including shampoos and cortizone (sp?) shots.
What we've found has really helped was fish oil pills. Each day the boys get 1 pill (can't remember the dosage right now) in the morning. We actually have a pill keeper for both of them so we don't give them more than one dosage. They'll beg for it and act like they haven't gotten it that day. Actually, Finnegan will bark at the sink (near where we keep them) in the mornings if he hasn't gotten his treat. We tried the oil on their food, but it was messy. Especially when the bottle leaked. The Vet mentioned giving them pills, and they take the same amount that dad takes. I'll have to check the dosage later, which of course is for a 20 pound dog.
My Lab/shepherd mix Raven had this after we got her at 1 1/ 2 years old. The only thing that worked for a long time was a flea and tick shampoo even though she had neither. I'm not sure how safe a flea and tick shampoo is on a small dog or if it's just the amount you use. For the last couple of years though (she is 10 now) we've been using an oatmeal shampoo and she still seems fine.
I had two dogs with severe itchies and the vet finally told me that changing dog food (to the pricey stuff) would help. It was probably more expensive than trips to the vet, but at least they didn't itch and had beautiful coats.
I have a question (kinda off-topic!)-
When ever Outlaw gets a bone or his frozen Kong, he starts crying. He doesn't appear to be upset, but he cries. Has anyone ever encountered this before? Does anyone know what's behind it?
>7 My dog Tipson has some Newfoundland in him (my vet thinks) and they are known to have a cry (whine). When Tipson gets excited e.g. on the way to the doggie park he cries (often to the point of annoyance) even now at 7 years old.
>6 changing dog food (to the pricey stuff) would help.
Apparently many dogs develop allergies to corn, so switching to a non-grain kibble such as Evo or Orijen fixes the problem. They are pricey, but often the dog eats less because there is more nutrition per calorie. Look for them in boutiquey petfood stores or horsey-mill stores, etc. My sister's old dog scratched himself raw wearing neck cuff to point she was going to have him put down: the problem went away on Orijen. It was amazing to witness.
>7 When ever Outlaw gets a bone or his frozen Kong, he starts crying.
My sister's current dog first offers such treats to a beat-up stuffed toy duck, crying and whining, and finally taking it herself when duck doesn't. We can't imagine what she's thinking!
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