I have a 3 year old pomeranian x (i think Sheltie). I got him from the lost dogs home about 3 months ago. He has also recently had his hair clipped. Ever since I bought him home he is constantly scratching himself. First it was his paws and now he always scratches/bites around his tummy/haunches. When I took him to the vet, he suggested that I give him an every day antihistamine and gave me some cream but in my opinion it hasnt worked. He has been checked for fleas and worms and he does not have them. Recently I have also noticed some white flakes in his hair but his skin looks ok. Can anyone please give me any suggestions on what this might be? He really does get irritated with himself because he cant stop scratching. Thanks
There are MANY possibilities!! One very common cause of itching is a food allergy. Take some time to research some Premium, high quality dog foods with natural ingredients and compare them with your current dog food. If you google dog food project and dog food analysis there are two excellent sites with an abundance of information on the subject of what makes a good dog food. There is also the possibility that your dog needs some dietary supplements to counteract his "dry skin". Many people have success with Lipiderm or Salmon oil, or Missing Link, ect when added to the dog's meals. You have some research to do and maybe some trial and error in order to find what works. Always work along with your vet and don't hesitate to make an appointment with him to ask any questions you have or address concerns.
When you say "clipped" do you mean he was shaved down to the skin or did he receive just a hair trim? some dogs do become very itchy when they are shaved down. i have also seen some dogs that have an allergic reaction to certain shampoos. you may want to re-bathe him with a shampoo made for itchy dry skin, like an oatmeal based shampoo or a moisturizing shampoo and see if that helps.
Yes, the list could go on and on. Since the dog was groomed, it is not unusual for groomers to use cologne. I would bathe her in either oatmeal or neem shampoo. Smell the shampoo, and if it has a heavy sweet/great smell, there is probably cologne it is also. Try to pick a shampoo that has a very light good smell to it.
The next issue could be food. Make sure the dog is on a high quality food, with little corn/grains. Whole grain rice is ok as long as it is not paired with several other grains in the ingrediants. I prefer Innova, blue buffalo, and there are others. These are going to be at specialty stores, not walmart or grocery. Those are a few good starts
The dog could also be stressed out, and itching becomes a habit. Esp. around the feet area. When the coat looks good, and the flakes are gone. Keep and eye on the skin. If everything looks great, it could have become a habit. Good luck
If the dog did not have fleas or mites, you can rule out mange. From the information you provided, I agree that a food allergy may be the issue. Additionally, most dog foods are cooked at high temperatures which scorches the nutrients inside the food. What is advertised on the bag of food is not what is necessarily there at the end of the manufacturing process. You may want to think about using a supplement in addition to the dog's food. Look for one that is rich in omega fatty acids and vitamin E.
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Well, being new to this group I MUST say that because of the 'ADMINS" i am leaving. They removed my link for the dog soap I posted to help the lady who's dog has itchy skin. To them it's advertising, and maybe, BUT I was only trying to help that lady. I am annoyed that they have a problem with that. I do not wish to be a part of this forum anymore. It has nothing to do with the other members- just the CLOSED MINDED ADMINISTRATORS THAT HAVING NOTHING ELSE TO DO! How sad.
naturemaiden, I tried to respond to you through pm but it says you have since declined to accept them.
First of all, this is a completely inappropriate spot to take your displeasure. You are causing drama in the very thread you intended to "help" in. If you have an issue, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Contact us" and take your problem to the ADMIN of this site.
Second of all, you stated to me through pm (before you decided to shut the feature off) that you are also a moderator of several other boards. Going by your own logic, you must not have anything better to do yourself, than make soap and pedal them around the Internet.
I had copy and pasted our forum rules (which can be located when you reply in the blue link next to the box checked "Do you agree with our forum rules?") to the pm I sent you so you could understand why your topic had been removed. I was not being unfair, I do not even know you. I was doing what the ADMIN of this forum asked all of the moderators to do. It is his board, have you paid him to advertise here?
I recommend taking a breather from your tantrum, stepping away from the computer, "finding your joy and living in it.".
***Edited By: pope1982 on 2/28/2010 3:15:33 PM*** Reason: ...
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Nature that was rude and uncalled for, we have PM for private things. I have to agree, posting a link publicly is advertising, and not allowed. If you wanted to help this person, you could have sent them a pm with your web information.
"just the CLOSED MINDED ADMINISTRATORS THAT HAVING NOTHING ELSE TO DO! How sad."
What is sad is when a new member joins solely to promote a profit making venture without paying for the advertising. It is also sad when someone agrees to something they don't bother to read first. Then again, the whole reading/comprehension of the rule might have been beyond your keen if you had difficulty differentiating the titles "Moderator" and "Administrator".
Pope went out of her way to explain to you why she deleted your post. A polite "oops, sorry" would have been in order had your desire to belong to the forum been for anything other than seeking free advertising.
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