Afternoon all. We just adopted a wonderful cocker spaniel from the local humane society. I suspect that he has allergies. He has been given a bath weekly and I have searched his fur for flea's an ticks but no luck. He is currently fed Beneful mixed with can food.. he is so picky!!! So I am turning to you for advice. We use Groomax (gentle puppy shampoo). So what do you all think??
Hi. Congratulations for adopting a cocker spaniel from the Humane Society. Cockers are wonderful dogs, and, of course, rescuing a dog is a great thing both for you and the dog.
First, you should take the dog to your vet to be checked out. In rare cases (it happened to my daughter) a dog will come out of a shelter with sarcoptic mange, or a fungus infection, etc. Your vet will be able to tell you if Snickers (what a cute name) is itchy because of a medical condition.
At the same time, you should consult with your veterinarian on other causes of itchiness, he or she could recommend a good shampoo.
I have groomed many, many itchy Cockers. The main thing with Cockers is to be extremely vigilant about dirt in their ears. Get yourself a good dog ear cleaner and use it weekly. Use a cotton ball to clean the outside of the ear but don't go down into the ear canal. You don't want to push dirt into the ear or push dirt that is already there deeper. That is what the dog ear cleaner is for.
Next, find a shampoo that has either oatmeal or tea tree oil in it. The shampoo should be labeled for itchy dogs, or soothing to the coat. Next, see if you can find a conditioner that goes with that shampoo.
Before you wash the dog you should make sure that he is thoroughly combed out. Any matting that is in the coat will become tighter and harder to deal with after being soaked in water.
You need to wash the dog with the soothing shampoo, leaving it on the skin for perhaps five minutes. Look at the shampoo label for advice. Rinse thoroughly. Then put the conditioner all over the coat, but don't be tempted to use too much. Leave it on the coat for five to ten minutes, again checking the label for instructions.
Give the dog treats if he is very scared of the bathing process. Make a fool of yourself calling him pet names and praising him to the skies.
Make sure that you rinse all of the conditioner and shampoo from the coat. Use lukewarm water. Try not to get the shampoo or conditioner in the dog's eyes.
Rub him down thoroughly with a towel. This can be an excuse for games and fun. You want Snickers to realize that the bath is over and that you love him and now is the time to play.
Check with your vet, but if the dog is very very itchy, I would do this once a week until the itchiness subsides.
Good luck. Remember that a clean Cocker is a happy Cocker. Also, at least every eight to ten weeks, he needs to visit a professional groomer to have his coat trimmed and toenails clipped. This is longer than recommended, but if you are bathing him often, you can stretch out your visits to the groomer.
When you find the answer let me know. One of my female schnauzers has allergies. She scratches almost constantly. The vet didn't want to give her an allegry shot this time for some reason. So, I give her childrens benedryl which helps some and I also use witch hazel on her if she breaks out in a rash. We think she is allergic to grass. I have tried every shampoo you can name and then some. Nothing so far has stop the itching completely.
On one of the other pet sites I'm a member on a member told me for dry itchy or irritated skin to try In Diet Supplement. They carry it at Petsmart. under health vitamin/supplements. She swear by it. I just ordered it for my beagle.
***Edited By: beaglecookie on 10/6/2005 1:48:11 PM*** Reason: xx
i have 2 cockers and one cocker mix.cockers have itchy skin sometimes.he may have itchy skin because of getting baths every week.dogs are only supposed to have baths every 6-8 weeks.if they get dirty or stinky then put dry bath spray.the best kind is in a clear bottle with a blue and yellow lable.i forget the name of it.i would switch him off of beneful and put him natural balance potato and duck.i have not seen a dog not like this.if he dont eat it the first day,stick with it anyway,hunger will come over him.a dog will not starve himself.