(Closed) Dog Constantly Itching – not fleas

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

It is probably just dry skin. We used to give our dog cod liver oil tablets to help combat her dry skin.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Dry skin and allergies are both possibilities. There are shampoos and sprays for the dry skin, try that first, if it’s allergies the additional bathing with the dry skin shampoo will probably help at least a bit, otherwise talk to your vet about giving your dog a part of a Benadryl. They’ll need to give you proper dosing instructions.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

He might have an allergy to Grasses in your yard…Or he might be getting sunburned in spots if he is a white dog

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Benadryl is 1 to 2 mg per pound.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

How big is the dog? You can give benadryl or claritin/zyrtec and see if that helps, but obviously the dosage will vary depending on weight.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Could be allergies. Food allergies are pretty common and make their skin itch. My dog was allergic to a bunch of shampoos too, they would just make him worse. I used human baby shampoo and gave him extra fish oil capsules (just broke them open in his food.) 

Definitely ask the vet about benedryl.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

give your dog a bath – or take him to get bathed… theres sensitive skin shampoo  for dry skin. I’d also call and ask the vet – they can tell you if theres food or smampoo or vitamins that could help.

the changing of the seasons and cold air is prolly making his skin dry and more sensitive.

and only feed him dog food – no people food. or new food he’s not used to.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

Has anything changed in his surroundings/diet? My dog has allergies also. It took us a while to narrow it down, but it turns out it was the grass in our yard. We would give him benadryl (consult your vet for a dosage amount) when he was feeling itchy. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

All of the other bees have given good advice. I just wanted to chime in and let you know that allergies can come on quite suddenly. My beagle didn’t have allergies to anything when she was younger but suddenly one day she had allergies to everything grain, grass, pollen & chicken (this is usually what causes paw licking and biting in allergies) which was a really hard adjustment because we live in good Ol Florida which has a very high long allergy season and we had to change her food which was the hardest thing because we went through 8 different foods to find one she could tolerate.

Dry skin just came with the allergies hand in hand. I use Benadryl 1 adult tablet for my 45lbs dog and 1 children’s tablet for my 10lbs dog. I also use baby shampoo to get all the dirt and grime off and then head and shoulders to sooth the itching. It takes a few days to stop itching and even though your dog is white he may have 1 or 2 fleas I would do a flea regimen just to be safe it can’t hurt.

To be safe I would just treat as if all three were a possibility.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Garden outside our church

My dog developed a similar itch a few years ago–it’s some kind of allergy, although we’ve never been able to identify to what. Benedryl helps at the very beginning, but inevitably we end up having to resort to Prednisone. Now I’m having to look at cataract surgery…but he gets so miserable there’s little else to do…

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Garden outside our church

My dog developed a similar itch a few years ago–it’s some kind of allergy (comes back the same times of the year) although we’ve never been able to identify to what. Benedryl helps at the very beginning, but inevitably we end up having to resort to Prednisone. Now I’m having to look at cataract surgery…but he gets so miserable there’s little else to do…

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I know it probably sounds crazy, but look at his food.  Last year the same thing happened to our dog & the vet recommended we switch his food.  It worked wonders!  It has something to do with corn/corn meal, if I recall correctly.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My parents dog does that and sometimes to the point where he loses fur in spots. My mom took him in only to find out the poor pup was allergic to grass!!! You can’t keep a dog off grass, expecially one his size. He’s gotta he able to run and potty! They give him allergy shots and daily pills. It works pretty well. He still itches in certain spots during the summer but my mom just has to stop him from scratching and put an anti-itch cream on him. It helps.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@soyjoy222:  My dog has allergies that come and go with the change of seasons. You can do a few things to help him be more comfortable.

1. Give hime baths with an oatmeal based dog shampoo. You can get them at your local supermarket or at a pet supply store.

2. Use free and clear non-scented no dyes detergent on his bedding or anything else he comes in contact with. 

3. If its still really bad, talk to your vet about his allergies. we have to give our dog claritin in the spring to avoid the nasty rashes that he gets on his skin due to the change of weather. 

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