Itchy Pooch

United States
April 2, 2016 9:40am CST
My grand-furbaby Gizmo has been itching and scratching himself practically to the point of distraction. I feel so bad for him and am happy to see that this morning he is getting an oatmeal bath to help with his scratching. This is my first experience with an itchy dog so I'm limited as to what can be done to alleviate his scratching. Even though I googled solutions I couldn't really find an answer. I know many of you here have pets and maybe can help with a solution for an itchy dog?
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@Corbin5 (82104)
• United States
2 Apr 16
Sounds like an allergy to me. Sometimes it is the dog's diet that causes the itching and sometimes the weather. If dry skin is the problem, mixing in a bit of olive oil into a dog's food may help moisturize the skin and stop the dry-skin itching. If the itching results in red sores then a vet needs to remedy that with medication I believe.
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• United States
2 Apr 16
I am going to try to add some olive oil to his food and see what happens..thank for the suggestion
@rebelann (32523)
• El Paso, Texas
2 Apr 16
I would take him to a vet as soon as possible, there are a myriad of reasons a dog gets itchy. There are at least a few things you might try to help the poor lil tyke, one is applying coconut oil to his skin but that means getting under his fur with it, it's doable but a wee bit messy.
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• United States
2 Apr 16
The vet suggested the oatmeal bath but we might try your coconut oil suggestion
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@rebelann (32523)
• El Paso, Texas
2 Apr 16
I feel for you as you try to help the poor lil thing @Marilynda1225 I do hope that something will help. I'm curious, do you use dryer sheets to soften clothes? Those are toxic to dogs and cats and maybe would cause itching. Just a thought.
@just4him (92423)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Apr 16
My best suggestion would be to ask an expert. Do you have a Petco where you live?
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• United States
2 Apr 16
the vet is the one who suggested the oatmeal bath but I was hoping to find something to use in the meantime
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@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
2 Apr 16
Are you using something like Frontline so your Gizmo doesn't have any fleas or ticks. An oatmeal bath is good is the skin is sensative.
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• United States
2 Apr 16
He loves his oatmeal bath and it seems to help. Yes, we have him well protected against fleas and ticks
• United States
2 Apr 16
Fleas, ticks - check him thoroughly. He just might have skin irritation - give him a people's Benadryl tablet.
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• United States
2 Apr 16
He got his oatmeal bath and a benadryl and seems to be a bit better today
• United States
3 Apr 16
@Marilynda1225 If it continues he needs to see he doc.
@carebear29 (26228)
• Wausau, Wisconsin
2 Apr 16
I had a cat named Gizmo a long while ago.
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• United States
2 Apr 16
I think Gizmo is a very popular name for pets
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@Juliaacv (23334)
• Canada
2 Apr 16
Our son's dog gets like that, and they found a special shampoo that their groomer recommended. They don't use it much on her, only when she gets to scratching. Good luck with helping Gizmo out.
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• United States
2 Apr 16
I feel so bad for this little guy but his oatmeal bath seems to have helped today
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@amadeo (48200)
• United States
2 Apr 16
well do we rule out fleas?if not then dry skin.Have you been to a vet.They have many things there. Ms.Ruby has dry skin and we give her me.This helps a lot.Talk to your vet.It could other things?just saying
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• United States
2 Apr 16
No fleas just an itchy dog. His oatmeal bath did help
@RasmaSandra (13425)
• Riga, Latvia
2 Apr 16
@Marilynda1225 no dog but a cat that gets pimples in the summertime and then gets baths and eventually gets over the scratching. I checked some things out for you and perhaps this link can help thebark.com/content/vet-advice-relief-your-dogs-itchy-skin
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@marlina (62548)
• Canada
2 Apr 16
Sorry can't help you here, I don't have any pet.
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@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Apr 16
Sorry I can't help but hope someone has some answers (I haven't read the comments yet) :)
@allknowing (55811)
• India
3 Apr 16
There are many reasons and I am sure you have ruled out pests. There are emotional reasons too including loneliness. Diet could be an issue which results in dry skin. Preiti has been itching too. Apart from bathing with a recommended shampoo I give her cod liver capsules and add some sun flower oil in her food. Brushing daily is essential which I am sure you must be doing already.
@CRK109 (14351)
• United States
3 Apr 16
Wish I could help but the one time I did have a dog, we never had that problem. I hope this poor dog finds real relief soon!
@jstory07 (58102)
• Roseburg, Oregon
3 Apr 16
I do not know anything to do with an itchy dog. Good luck in finding a solution.
@AmbiePam (46240)
• United States
3 Apr 16
My vet recommended half a children's Benadryl, so I give my Chihuahua a half in the morning, but a whole at night (vet said it's fine). If your dog is larger than a Chihuahua then the dose would be larger. If I give a half in the morning it doesn't make her sleepy. Also, rubbing coconut oil (I just buy the solid kind in the grocery store because as you rub it in, it turns into the liquid) on the parts of her she can't lick, is helpful (her back, around the outside of her ears).
@Lucky15 (33691)
• Philippines
2 Apr 16
Maybe the cutie furry ate something?