Itching

@picjim (3003)
India
July 15, 2010 10:00pm CST
My dog seems to be scratching a lot. I took him to the vet,he says there are no fleas or ticks.He gave it an injection and the itching reduced.But after 20 days the itching leading to scratching has returned mildly.Do you dog lovers have any remedy?All suggestions are gleefully accepted.
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@inu1711 (5288)
• Romania
16 Jul 10
Don't tell me about itching! My previous dog had a lot of problems with itching. She was allergic, and over the allergies she used to develop mild mites infections. Airedales (and terriers in general) are prone to skin problems, and Nera was no exception from that. All her life she had to eat only special food, no chicken and as less protein as we could find. Ask your vet about allergies, maybe he will recommend you a food for dogs with sensible skin. You can also try a food with less protein. Do you feed your dog a barf diet?
@picjim (3003)
• India
16 Jul 10
From your answer i can glean that it could be either an allergy or due to chicken in its diet.My dog is used to meat and chicken.We give it a supplement called home food plus along with its food to make up for the shortfall in vitamins etc.My dog is now almost so how do i wean him away from a high protein diet?
@inu1711 (5288)
• Romania
16 Jul 10
Well, picjim, I am not a veterinarian to make a diagnosis for your dog, even if I'd like to. I have only told you what I did for my dog. It isn't sure that what worked for my dog will work for yours, too. That's why I told you to ask the vet. But a low protein diet can't harm an adult dog (you may ask the vet about this, too). It could be difficult to wean him away from the high protein diet, but not imposible. You know, a healthy dog can refuse the food he don't like for a day or two, but eventually he will eat it. You can first try to reduce the amount of meat from his meal. You can use some low fat yoghurt to make his food more palatable. How do you give him the meat? Boiled or how?
@picjim (3003)
• India
16 Jul 10
I boil the meat or chicken and the dietary supplement and give it to him at lunch.At dinner i give him a couple of boiled eggs.I'll take him to a vet as you have advised.I'm only taking your opinion which to me appears good.I'll leave the final decision to the vet.
@veganbliss (3903)
• Adelaide, Australia
19 Jul 10
I've heard dogs take very well to a full, well-balanced organic vegan diet. There are special preparations available over the internet. They're actually cheaper & are well-researched & tested for many, many years. For a long term benefit, this may be your best option. It has been reported to have cured cancers & un-heal-able blemishes, etc, etc where nothing else has worked. Where do you keep your dog? have you tried changing locations & bedding / housing for your dog? Maybe there's something different you can wash him with. There are free e books written about detailed care for your dog including how to overcome their ailments.
@picjim (3003)
• India
19 Jul 10
Your suggestions are very useful.I'll try and introduce vegetarian food into his diet.I'd be grateful if you could provide names of the valuable websites you've mentioned.My dog roams free during the day in our backyard.As the day temperature warms he prefers coming indoors.
• Adelaide, Australia
19 Jul 10
Here in Australia, we have vegepet.com & veganpet.com.au. There are probably some more closer to where you live; you can try googling vegan dog foods... your local vegetarian / vegan society will also be most helpful in directing you the best deals in your locale. It's not so much a matter of having more vegan foods that will help your dog, the benefits will only be seen when there are no animal products in the diet; but this will also take time to get the full benefit. It's not a quick-fix, but it looks like you've tried a lot of expensive quick fixes already. This should also save you a good deal of money, which of course, you can always spend on your dog :-)
@sjlskl (3384)
• Singapore
16 Jul 10
My dog has some problems before. The vet put him on a one month medicine course and also receive a weekly jab for the duration. Apparently it is mites that he had. After the course and jab, he is cure of the itchy problem.
@picjim (3003)
• India
16 Jul 10
My dog was also given a shot and it seemed to subside before reappearing mildly.Could you tell me what was the medication prescribed to him.I can check with my vet.I suspect its mites or an allergy problem.Happy mylotting.
@sjlskl (3384)
• Singapore
16 Jul 10
Upon confirming that my dog have mites problem, the vet gave him a jab a week for three weeks. After that, another check was done. Even thou the problem is solved, the vet gave him another 3 jab, each weekly to ensure that everything is good. As for the name of the medication, I am sorry but I have thrown the bottle a while back. Why not bring your dog to the vet and ask him to check for possible mites infection.
@Latrivia (2889)
• United States
20 Jul 10
It could be allergies. Dogs have allergies just like people, and one of the most commons symptoms is itchiness. The injection the vet gave was probably an anti-inflammatory to reduce itching. I've heard that supplementing a dog's food with fatty acids from fish oil has an anti-inflammatory (thus anti-itch) effect as well.
@picjim (3003)
• India
20 Jul 10
What you say could be true.The vet gave an injection and prescribed some tablets for 10 days.I'm hoping this will do the trick.I'll ask my vet for food which supplements my dog's diet with extracts of fish.
• United States
18 Jul 10
he probably has skin "hotspots".it's a type of heat rash/allergy. ask the vet for sulfadine bath for dogs.
@picjim (3003)
• India
19 Jul 10
Thank you for your suggestion.I've been to the vet yesterday he was under the impression that this was some infection my dog picked up from the street.The vet gave him an injection and some medication.I'm hopeful that he'll be rid of the skin problem after completion of the course.
@savypat (20247)
• United States
16 Jul 10
Depending on his size add a bit of vegatable cooking oil to his food, he may just need some additional fatty acids. Start with a small amount and increase gradually. Hope this works
@picjim (3003)
• India
16 Jul 10
I'll try vegetable cooking oil.The additional fatty acids as you say might do the trick.I've been giving him chicken with skin.Thanks for your help which i'm sure will prove useful.