My aussie is now 4 months old and has been with us two weeks now. However she will not stop itching!!! I went to the vet and she said that she does not have fleas or ticks but just to be safe i had her treated with Revolution and have shampood her with Oatmeal shampoo. However, it has camled but not ceased. We are thinking it MUST be her food! Can someone please help?!
Try a good high quality food. Dog allergies manifest in different ways and itchy irritated skin is one of them. Try a high quality brand like Natural Balance - Potato & Duck for dogs with allergies. My pup has bad ear infections due to allergies and since I switched him to this food he's been perfectly fine.
Also, might want to watch what's in their snacks too.
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Maybe she has fleas, do you have her on any anti flea ad heartworm stuff? If not then you can go buy it at pet stores or target or walmart. If she continues to itch have her checked by the vet,she could have some sort of bugs tat are under the skin, well somtheing like that.
mypoodle - she said she had the dog treated with Revolution & the stuff from WM & others is usually not effective & can sometimes be dangerous.
As for food, google holistic dog food, & the "natura" site where you can go on the comparison wizard & see what each ingredient does.
the foods from the grocery store or WM are junk & cause a lot of allergies & illnesses. many have yeast in them which cause ear & skin yeast infections. corn, soy & wheat are known allergens to dogs & corn is not digestable. stay away from by-products, tallow, rendered anything & artifical preservatives & dyes
I would start by asking if there is a specific place that your pup focuses attention on. Tis the season for allergies, does he/she lick their paws? If so your pup could be allergic to out door materials, grass, things in the dirt. My dog used to have chronic ear infections as well as itchy all over the place, we changed his food and he got hives. Hives in my experiance are centrally located around the face. I would suggest multiple things, perhaps getting your dog on a omega 3 fatty acid, it really does wonders on their quality of their coat, dander and things of that nature, which could help. The down side is it may take up to 6 weeks to see results. Another suggestion is changing the food. Start with a food with few ingredients so you can really eliminate the choices. Most pets are allergic to beef so boiled chicken and rice, or there are many balanced alternatives on the market. Finally I may suggest for general allergies putting your dog on diphenhyramine (benedryl) I STRONGLY SUGGEST talking to your vet. before this step to get proper dosages. HOPE THE INFO HELPED!
Did the vet look at her skin or did he just look for fleas and ticks? My old dog had dry skin, goes with the breed, we had a hard time finding a solution for her. Her skin did get better with age. One of my other dogs has problems with allergies (grass and bug bites) so I wash his feet at least once a week with oatmeal shampoo. I also feed my dogs the duck and potato dog food by Natural Balance. Some dogs also have problems with chicken so try the duck. I tried a fish based dog food in the past, but the dogs wouldn't eat it.
I never could use the flea medication on the skin with my dogs (hair fell out on the applied spot). I give my dogs a pill (Program) every month instead. It doesn't wash off and it doesn't bother their skin.
I agree, food is probably the problem, you don't want to mask the problem, as it will return. More than likely corn and wheat are the culprits. Omit them from your dogs diet forever. I did that, and my dog stopped itching. Artemis, and Innova are just two of many good kibbles.
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