I adopoted Petey about a month ago from our local animal shelter, he's am 11 year old Beagle/Lab mix. About 1 week and a half after we got him we relized he had fleas, we got him Advantage. It seemed to slowly work, a little. He still bites and scratches a little. And he constantly is rubbing his nose against the carpet as if it itches. I dono what else could be the problem? Is that itching just becuase he's old? Did the medicine not work? Here's a picture of him... http://www.dogster.com/pet_page.php?i=84083&j=t Thanks.
Sometimes even though a dog doesn't have fleas so bad anymore, they keep scratching the sores over and over again. Like a kid picking a scab. If you haven't taken him to the vet and had him checked for some other problem... well Advantage is a really good product, it's probably killed the fleas. If he has sores on him, you can put a dab of neosporin (or a similar triple antibiotic ointment) on the sores and that will help any sores he has clear up even faster. Another question is, what dog food do you feed? Some dogs are allergic or have food sensitivities to certain ingredients in dog food. Feeding a good quality dog food can really help. Also, you cna put a teaspoon of flax seed oil in his food daily, that really works wonders for a dog's coat and can help stop itching.
petey is very cute. how wonderful you adopted an older dog. they always get overlooked :( it could be that petey has allergies to more then just fleas. do you notice any discharge around his eyes ? sometimes with eye problems dogs will rub their faces on the ground to relieve itching. also another thing that i experienced with my pyr and was confirmed by a bayer representative ( co. that makes advantix ) some animals will have a reaction to the advantix. it causes intense itching and scratching. it is called paressazia (sp?). what that means is the chemical in advantix gives their skin the tingly feeling that we experience when one of our limbs/ hands fall asleep. my pyr was intensely itchy and all she did 24/7 for 3 weeks was scratch and cry. there is nothing according to the rep that you can give them to counteract the sensation. it just has to wear off as the meds wear off. she also said that it may not happen again even if they did have a reaction the first time. but my pyr was sooooo miserable i would not take the chance a second time. you could try giving him a benadryl pill. it is harmless to them and can only help if it is an allergy. the dose is 1 mg per 1lb. of body weight. so a 25 lb. dog would get 1 adult pill.
When we got him they said he ate the Science diet for Seniors. We fed him that for a week, but he barely ate it, so we'd mix it with some Ramen Noodle juice or something for a while, but he got bored of that too, now he eats Alpo. Usually Alpo mixed with some Senior Diet. Also, this weekend we started adding the teaspoon of oil to his diet, my dad's friends do that with their coon dogs. They suggested it for us. I was told by my next door neighbor (who's a vet), that he may still eatch for a few days from the sores, but its been a week now, hopefully it'll stop soon. :/
Sounds like it may be alleriges to me. He may have been alergic to the fleas and to his food. I would switch him to a meat based food with no corn, wheat or soy in it. When a dog is rubbing his face that is a for sure sign of allergies. When Science Diet came out in the 80's it was supposed to be the best food out there. I had shar-pei's at the time and of course I wanted them to have the best so I bought it. Well after a couple of weeks on it 1 of my dogs did fine but the other would rub her face until it was raw and would scratch until her skin was raw. I tried everything and so did the vet. She even had cortisone injections once a week. We never thought it would be the food. She ended up losing almost all of her hair. I then switched her food and within a couple of days she stopped scratching and rubbing and within a couple of weeks all of hair starting coming back in.
Alpo dog food is a really cruddy dog food. You didnt say what brand of 'senior diet' food you are feeding him, which does make a difference. You say you've been adding stuf to his food to get him to eat, it may actually be contributing to his itching. When you're dealing with a dog that's showing sensitivities, you have to feed them one thing and only one thing, no treats, scraps, additives or anything, so you can watch for improvements.