About 3 months ago, I noticed my doggies itching. It's getting progressivly worse. I've narrowed it down to 2 possibilities. Food, or some kind of insect. 3 Months ago, I changed their food to Wellness. I don't see anything in it that could cause a problem, but the timing is about right. This is our first Spring in North Carolina, and I'm also wondering about bugs. They do not have fleas for sure, but I have heard there are "chiggers" here, and there are also fire ants. I also find those possibilities a bit remote...my dogs get Frontline once every 30 days...I do not see anything on their skin...it's not severe, not hot spots or anything, just general itchiness. Anyone have any ideas ?
Someone can be allergic to tomatoes, and they are good food, or eggs and that is a good food. It doesn't really matter how good of a food you eat. The same in a dog. If you suspect an allergy try something different for a while and see if it resolves. That is what we had to do a month ago when our dog was vomiting. She was on Annova. Then we thought it was the pet store bought bones. We switched her to raw food and she still vomits every four - five days. One thing we know with Ella is that she A. Has either gastric reflux (bilious vomiting), or B. she is eating the toes out of our sox and paper- two things she sometimes just grabs and runs with, and has devoured before we get it out of her mouth. The point is, we are working with my vet to rule out what is wrong still. My vet likes raw foods, which is kind of rare. Ella is in good physical shape, hasn't lost weight, but has these occasional incidents of this. If I were you, I would try the process of ellimination to see what is going on. Just don't go back to an inferier brand of dog food. Try something else that is supposedly healthy. Kelly
Hi! I live in NC, and yes we have fleas here! You can go to any store and get it flea and tick drops. There are three tube(one a month). My dog already has fleas. If it allergy to food try an oatmeal bath, call your vet and they can tell you what you need! Good luck! Let me know what happen okay!
Sunny, it may be that the frontline isn't working on your dogs the way it is supposed to. Frontline products have gradually been loosing their effectiveness in flea control. Some dogs it works great on, other dogs, like my akita, it is completely useless on. My vet said that where frontline used to be foolproof as far as flea control goes, now he estimates that about 15% of dogs it is ineffective on. Try using advantage or advantix (same manufactuer, Bayer, only one also repels mosquitoes). I live in Alabama and I know how hellacious the fleas can be down here. Advantage/advantix *work* I'm telling you.
Thanks all for your input -- as I'm writing this it occured to me that the chances of 4 out of 5 dogs, including 2 different breeds, being alergic to the same food is not likely. Should of thought of that before :) I'll try Advantex next month and see if that does anything. If that has no results, I'll move on to the food. Yup...there are quite a few more fleas here than in Montana for sure !! Among several other creepy crawly things I can not yet even identify ! I guess the wonderful climate has it's prices....lol ...hope Ella is o.k. I know how that sock thing can be. We are in the middle of building a deck, and my 14 week old puppy keeps bringing in chunks of wood to chew on (teething) and most deck wood is treated with arsnic. Now I have to keep her inside all day untill we get all the chunks of wood picked up in the evenings. Probably not enough in there to hurt her but better safe than sorry. For some reason she prefers the wood over any toy or frozen thing I give her. Maybe I should go find her a branch !
Hi! We live in Western North Carolina and always had an itchy Golden, and now our 5- month old Golden is doing the itchy thing, as well. We do know the older one has had fleas in the past, but we don't see any flea poop or fleas crawling on them. I am thinking of switching to that new purina one for sensitve dogs and seeing how that works. They seem to lick their paws and rub their faces on the rugs as well--an indication of allergy. the vet just says to give them vitamins with omega 3's in them. that did'nt work much. We too have a deck made with pressure treated wood and the puppy seems to prefer that over anything else as well. We are going to add an addition to our deck this summer and will have to content with that, as well. Good luck!
I can vouch for the Advantix, I live in Virginia, my pets have been on this product since it came out, I have never had fleas or ticks. You may want to go back to your vet and see if he can do a skin scrape. Sometimes they can determine if there is a parasite on the skin. Good Luck! By the way, love NC. Used to have a house down at Topsail Island. Too many hurricanes in 13 years, so we finally sold it. I really miss the beach there, so clean and never crowded with tourists(oops, I guess I was probably one myself)haha