We have two seemingly healthy cocker spaniels, a 3 year old and a 1 year old. The 1 year old has always been really sensitive when you scratch her. If you scratch her, even so slighty, her let will start to go crazy! She has been itching abnormally pretty much since we've gotten her. We have taken her to the vet 3x and have switched her food prob about 3x as well. This is what the vet has done...
1. She was initially prescribed dermcaps and an allergy medication to see if she had allergies to something on her skin, and the dermcaps i believe for dry skin (?!). A skin scrape was also completed here, which was negative for mites.
2. She was then seen again and prescribed the same stuff even though it didn't work (it was several months later and I couldnt remember what the results were...)
3. She was then seen again and they gave me dermcaps again, and benadryl this time as she was now of appropriate weight. We additionally got a shampoo called "relief" that does not offer any releif. In fact, i think she's been worse since we bathed her with this.
We're going back to the vet on Monday, at which time I'm requesting another skin scrape and mite medication even if negative. She's also recently developed a very hard bump on her back, about the size of a large human wort, and the same texture as a wart. my other dog, the 3-year old that has never had problems like this, has been itching more than usual for hte last couple months as well, so i'm thinking whatever it is, its contagious.
Does anyone have any suggestions of what this could be?? I'm at the end of the rope with my little one, and feeling awful for the poor itchy girl (http://www.dogster.com/dogs/578763 - so cute!)
you say you've changed food 3 times... what are you feeding? If youre feeding 3 different foods but they all have the same ingredient that she's allergic to, that may be your culprit.
You also haven't mentioned trying any topical flea treatments? Is there any chance she's hypersensitive to fleas? Sometimes fleas will bite one dog and not another just as mosquitoes will bite one person and not another. Fleas on a black dog can be very difficult to find.
Fish oil capsules may help if its a skin condition. The fish oil has omega-3 and -6 fatty acids with vitamin E that help the skin. Brushing the dog daily (with fewer baths) can also stimulate the dog's natural skin oils and spread them over the coat, reducing drying.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 1/26/2008 11:14:08 AM*** Reason: add
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
Cockers have about every health problem known to the canine world. Here itchy skin could be an allergy to grass for all anyone knows. I would take her a holistic vet. sometimes that have more open minds. I would make such her food doesn't have any soy products in it. Try a fish and potato. It helps dogs with allergies. Be prepared to spend a small fortune on this dog, who know what will be next, probably ears. If you are buying cheap dog food stop, a good dog food is usually around $50 for a 30-40lb bag. My boss grooms a cocker a cocker that has been so itchy its entire life, that the skin is like leather, and all wrinkly like and old man. It is sad, he will scratch till he bleeds and there is nothing a vet can fine wrong with him. It is a just him. GOOD LUCK
Definately not fleas, already tried that. We have tried Nutro, somethng else i cna't remember and now Purina One. I'm crossing my toes and hoping its mites. Or, i'm also hoping that maybe this new thing on her back reveals the answer :-( My poor girl!
Has your dog been scraped for mites? If they haven't done a skin scraping, I would recommend one. Your dog may have picked up mange mites or sarcoptic mange mites. That would make him/her uncomfortable and itchy. Good luck.
i think it is fleas because it is the most common things for dogs. i have a little toy poodle and he has the same things but the doctor said that there was nothing wrong with it. but we also got a cream that made it kind of better but he still itches it.