He said she is just changing coats. That was on April 22nd. I gave her a bath 2 days ago with Oatmeal shampoo and she didn't scratch too much that night but she's at it again. Sometimes I see little flakes on her which could be dandruff, I guess, but how can I be sure? Has anyone else had this problem? I plan on calling the vet again today to tell him she is still scratching and if he wants to see her, I will gladly bring her in. It kills me when she wakes up from sleeping just to scratch. How long does it take flax seed oil to work? In Petsmart, I saw about 10 different anti-scratch sprays but I didn't know what to get or what is safe for Cookie. I know I need to find out what is causing the scratching. By the way, it's not fleas. She is on Frontline. Could it be allergies? My poor Cookie. Oh yeah...she is a shih tzu/maltese mix. Thanks for any suggestions.
Ooops, typo on the word "scratching" in the title and couldn't edit that.
***Edited By: chileanbarbie on 5/6/2005 6:01:59 AM*** Reason: typo
Im sorry your pooch is scratching and miserable.. I would guess that it might well be allergies...but give the flax seed oil a chance to work. I would definatly call the vet and have him seen again..and let them know that you just brought him in and they might not charge you a second time..I know..wishful thinking...But you might just try...lol...Good luck...
any supplements given can take inupwards of six weeks to show effectiveness. they work from the inside out so you have to wait for the top layers of skin to shed off before the healthy layer of skin to get to the top. think of a stack of books. the flaxseed oil is working on the skin layer/book that is at the bottom of the stack. as the top layers/books are shed off the bottom layer comes ot the top. does that make sense ? it is early and i havent had any coffee yet =).
Well, the vet gave me Revolution to use, in case she has scabies or microscopic mites or something, although he said he didn't see any with the naked eye. The funny part was he suggested it right away when I told him she came from a "breeder" in Missouri. He said it could be just a little puppy dandruff. Said we will try the revolution for two month and I have a follow-up appointment in 3 weeks. He also recommended that I bathe her 2x a week with Oatmeal shampoo. Poor Cookie. She seems better today since the Revolution was applied @ 9 am this morning. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
I got a short-haired german shepard mix from the APL about a year ago and she had horrible dandruff and flaky skin. I saw an article that recommended Canidae dog food, which is high in omega acids, etc. and it has solved the problem. However, if I take her off that food, it comes right back.