I need some advice

My little Baby - This is the little Fellow that is suffering with this itching please give me some advise here I have tried allsorts and nothing is working at the moment 
Thank
By Gabs
@gabs8513 (48712)
United Kingdom
December 2, 2006 3:42am CST
I have a little Dog who I got from the Kennels last Year He seems to have a skin problem he is always itching I have had him at the Vets and they don't seem to know why he is itching he has been on Steriods and that helps for a bit He is itching on both Sides on his stomach He does have swollen Anual Glance and the Vet seems to think that is the Problem He does not have fleas as that was checked by the Vet to and he gets treated for that So can anyone give me any Advise here what else I can try Please just genuine answers on this one as I am really concerned and want to help my little Fellow he has gone through enough in his Life before I got him
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@nannacroc (4049)
2 Dec 06
This may sound like a silly answer but years ago we had a dog with this problem and a vet advised putting margarine in the food. Brushing daily may help. I hope you can get it sorted out.
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
2 Dec 06
It is not a silly answer at all thank you for that and I will try that he does get brushed every Day lol as he loves being brushed he is very spoilt lol but thank you I will try that
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@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
2 Dec 06
It sounds to me like he may have an allergy of some kind.Perhaps the shampoo you use to bath him in.Do you keep him inside or outside?If outside there may be a plant in your garden he's allergic to.It could also be the food you are feeding him,perhaps try a different brand and see if it make a difference.
@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
2 Dec 06
Oh no lol he is inside I do not believe in Dogs being outside he is treated like a Baby and actually he gets bathed in Baby Shampoo as that was advised by the Vet we have changed his food due to his anual Problem he is only allowed dry food
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• United States
27 Jan 07
I think doctors can suggest better by watching the conditions in live
@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
30 Jan 07
Hi there Its ok he is under treatment and we think we might have it sorted But thanks Bob
@rainbow (6763)
2 Dec 06
Have you tried changing his food, my newty-dog had awful itchy dry scales and sore patches once a few years ago. I had been giving her different flavours of the same dried food as she always shares our meat. Apparently the main ingredients are the same choose which flavour and the vet told me to cook her rice and minced lamb or chicken for a while and then introduce more flavours. The lamb made her put on weight but her skins started to ease. I used to rub the bad parts with a little massage oil to help lubriate them, just be aware that they can have allergies to the oil aswell so find the purest one you can. I watch what she eats now and will mix different dry foods together to gradually swap her from one to another so it doesn't upset her tummy. I know it sounds silly but clean bedding and not having the home too warm may help, I know that central heating causes dogs to moult even in winter when they shouldn't as much. Have you tried changing your wash powder in cast his bedding is causing some discomfort. I truly hope this is sorted out soon, poor little fellow!
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
2 Dec 06
Hi there Rainbow Yes I have done the washingpowdwe and softner thing I will try the food thing with him I have been putting Babyoill on him which does not seem to help at all with his Food I have to be careful because of of his Anual Glandbut I will try but he is a fussy eater lol Thank you for this
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@vincent72 (1634)
• Australia
2 Dec 06
it could be an allergy problem or he is missing something in his diet , ive heard that those things are common , and vets need to see if they have any vitamin deficencys too . Live long and prosper
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
2 Dec 06
Yes I guess so I try and give him all the good stuff that contains Vitamins that he needs and I only buy brand Food for him as I know they contain Vitamins
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• United States
8 Dec 06
I posted to this don't know if it posted . I am a pet groomer we express anul glands as part of the grooming process .I believe this is the issue if they are not expressed either naturaly or if for some reason that does not take place (and that happens alot in toy and smaller breeds) then by a person expressing them .Your vet can do this and should have already .If left alone an infected anul gland well reputure causing an abess which is a nasty sore hard to heal also .Ask your vet about expressing the glands I don't feel it well get better till this is done .
@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
8 Dec 06
Thank you for this and we are going to take him to a different Vet again as it is not stopping and he is getting destressed now he comes to me to rub his back for him which I do and then he is ok for a bit but then he comes back again
• United States
8 Dec 06
they normaly do that also can start licking thier feet . I had a chihuahua that licked his feet when his glads were bad in fact my oldest one now does that .I think the reason is they cann't reach thier bottum to relieve the itching and from what I have read it does itch them .Usauly they rub or chew also at the base of the tail at times,want thier lower back rubbed .I think they know some back there is bothering them just not sure were . Btw he look like it has some long coat chihuahua in him what breed or breeds is he?
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
9 Dec 06
Everything you have said here he is doing and he comes to me many times in the Day to have his back rubbed and yes he also bites his back paw as it is itching him We are not to sure as noone knew in the Kennels where he had come from or anything the Police found him on the Road in a bad way and he had been beaten, so they took him to the Kennels which is where I got him from last year, he was vey frightened and the only Person aloud near him was me and now he is the best dog anyone could have The Vet says going by his teeth he is 4 or 5 years old so that made me happy as I want him around for a long time lol Thank you so much for this
@shadowauror (1517)
• India
2 Dec 06
Hav u thought of showing him to a different Vet ?? The time my Dogs had these same problems ... It had something to do with fleas ... where we were given some sorta powder by a local Vet here .. now theyre alright ... but i suggest U try another Vet !!What does ur current vet say could be done to the anual gland??
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
2 Dec 06
Yes he has seen a different Vet As for the Anual Gland he says to keep him on dry Food which is helping him pooh betteras he was having bad problems The Vet seems to think whoever put him out on the Streets neglected him badly it is just the itching and the Vet seems to think it is caused by the discharge that the poor Fellow gets through the Anual glance problem
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• United States
8 Dec 06
I am a pet groomer my question is why has the vet not expressed the anul glad?I express them as part of the grooming process .swollen anul glands can get infected and abcess (causing a rather nasty hard to heal sore ) if not treated .If it can not be expressed while awake it might need to be placed under slightly . I suspect nothing is going to help untill the gland issue is taken care of . You can add bran cereal to toy dogs diet to help make the stool larger to help express the gland naturaly just one table spoon a meal . I bred Chihuahua for a number of years they have anul gland issues alot .
@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
8 Dec 06
Thank you so much for this and I will also try this
@EagleEyes (646)
• United States
2 Dec 06
Hi, I have heard olive oil is good for a dogs skin problems. You could put some of that in his food, I hope it helps him, and I hope he gets better soon.
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
2 Dec 06
Well thank you for that I will try that to
@Kackie3 (345)
• United States
2 Dec 06
You said you got him last year, has this itching been a constant thing since then, or is it only certain times of the year?
@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
2 Dec 06
It seems to be when it gets warmer and then again when it gets cold but this time he just can't shift it
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@ChewySpree (1832)
• United States
2 Dec 06
Oh! He is so adorable!! I have one very similar to him - a long haired chihuahua (is that what yours is too)? My little guy scratches a lot too. At one point he lost his hair on his belly and it turned out to be dry skin and allergies. For the seasonal allergies, we gave him children's benadryl (a very small dose). It made him drowsy but it helped with the allergies and the scratching. For the dry skin, I applied unscented lotion to his skin for a few days (just a little bit) and it went away. Good luck!
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
2 Dec 06
Well thank you so much for that and yes he is very Adorable All we think is he is a cross of a Terrier and Papillion we got him from the Kennel last year he had been badly treated and the Police had taken him to the Kennels this is what I was told by them when I chose him I will try the lotion Actually beginning of this Year he had lost fur on his back and Belly to Thank you so much for that
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
27 Jan 07
Has your vet done a thyroid test on your dog? My Shar Pei had very itchy skin, to where she scratched off a lot of her fur. Our vet did a skin biopsy (scraping) and it turned out to be her thyroid that was the culprit. He put her on medication for it and it straightened it right out. Keep me posted on how your baby is doing, ok?
@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
27 Jan 07
Hi Katlady well is under another Vet now and he seems to think it is a Skin Infection due to being in the Kennels so long and not getting the fleas removed while he was there as his Skin would have been open from the Beatings he received before the Police found him so the Fleas would not have helped him He was at the Vet again yesterday for another Injection and more Tablets I have to take him back again in 10 Days The Vet did say that the other Vets should have really done this continous treatment on the poor Baby so all these Months I have paid Vets who really did nothing for him I just hope we will get it sorted now
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Well I hope the person(s) that beat him get what's coming to them. Give him lots of loves from me, ok?
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
28 Jan 07
Yes so do I Katlady and I will give him loving from you He is the sweetest and mischievious little Baby anyone can have
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
2 Dec 06
I have an older do that bites herself constantly. She has an itchy spot on her back. I use and antifungal foot spray on her. This seems to stop the problem temporarily anyway. We still haven't discovered what the problem is. The vet doesn't know either. I also have a dog with a swollen anal gland but it doesn't make his stomach itch. He just scoots on the floor sometimes.
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
2 Dec 06
I see thank you well I hope you find something to There has been some great advice here try some of them to
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
2 Dec 06
Yes, I've been reading some of them. I've seen better ideas here than I got from the vet actually. By the way, your dog is a cutie.
@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
2 Dec 06
Thank you lol he has a great Personality to and he has to have the last word to lol
@lyloo14 (128)
• France
2 Dec 06
Poor little guy... This could be 2 problems as far as I know... Does he scrach and itch since you got him from the kennel? If yes, assuming you said he was bad treated before, it's maybe nervous, anxiety from what he lived before, he had a bad life and many traumas, dogs are anxious, nervous and have a very good memory so they recall what happened, like us when something bad happened in our childhood, it has influence on our adult life. Second,( but also related often to nervosity), this could be eczema. Did you maybe notice on the places he scratches that his skin became kind of brownish and looking like it was dirty? If yes, it's certainly eczema. It can be easily treated, but as said, it often related to nervousity and anxiety also...
@lyloo14 (128)
• France
2 Dec 06
Forgot to say : with his skins problems, refrain from bathing him too often too :o)
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
2 Dec 06
Yes it was at the begiining of the Year but it is not now that is what I can't understand
@weemam (13377)
30 Jan 07
I dont mean to sound daft but our rough collie used to bite and scratch his paws and the vet told us it was nerves and he was kind of biting his finger nails . could that maybe be why he scratches xx
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
30 Jan 07
Nope Weemam he has a Skin Infection so we have now found out
@petspets (476)
• Antarctica
27 Jan 07
Poor Gissi. He had suffred so much at the hands of his tormentors. I am so glad you are now his owner. Carry on spoiling him rotten.:) That is what I did to all my late pets. They were like my children. I hope the present treatment he is getting from the new vet works. Keeping my fingers crossed for Gissi. I would like add this - Gissi might have a skin allergy like me. I'm very hypersensitive to acrylic. It causes a strong poking sensation to my skin and causes an intense itch. I'm allergic to polyester. My skin will itch and flake ( dry dermatitis ). People who are not allergic or hypersensitve to acrylic and polyester won't feel a thing when their skin comes into contact with materials that are made of these two synthetic fibres. I'm hoping that Gissi is not allergic to acrylic and or polyester.
@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
27 Jan 07
That is very Interresting Pets and I might mention that to the Vet as Gissi sleeps on the Carpet at times I will check that out thank you Pets and yes I will keep spoiling him as he is such a loving mischievious little Devil lol
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• United States
24 Jan 07
Honey, they have dermatologists that specialize in pets. Perhaps you can find one in your neighborhood. Also, please lay your hands on him, and pray for his healing. I have seen God have mercy on his creatures many times. Good luck dear. I will say a prayer for him. Blessings, M&M
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
25 Jan 07
Thank you so much for praying for him I am still at the vets with him trying to sort it and thank you for caring so much
@kcbabez14 (967)
• United States
8 Dec 06
it sounds like he is allergic to something! Try mixing a raw egg with his food once a week! this is to give them shinny coats but it might also help with his skin! also get some baby oil and put it in the bath water and give him a bath with regualr human shampoo and conditioner about once a week! See if that helps!
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
8 Dec 06
Thank you so much
@sahil123 (15)
• India
8 Dec 06
i am advice to u please taking ur dog and go to the clinic for the check up and for some days u sent the dog to the doctor . because giving 2 regular medecin
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
8 Dec 06
Thank you for this
• United States
8 Dec 06
Has the vet checked for ringworm? That's not an actual worm, but a skin condition. Also, dogs can get exima (or however you spell it LOL). Try feeding him oatmeal or eggs every day. That helps a LOT with the skin & coat. Hope this helps.
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
8 Dec 06
Yes he has checked him for that to and so did I as I was thinking that to Thank you for this
• United States
8 Dec 06
My dog had a similar problem. The Vet said he was probably allergic to something but they would need to do tests. We did a couple and had some treatments. But they couldn't rule out anything and they wanted more tests. We couldn't afford any more tests. The treatments were great but getting expensive and only lasted a day. I brought him to the pund and they said they couldn't put him up for adoption. We spent one more day together and then I had to let him go. It was a very sad day. But I wish you luck with your dog! Sorry about the sad story.
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
8 Dec 06
Oh I am so sorry about that I feel sad for you Thank you for sharing that with me
@MakDomMom (1474)
• United States
7 Dec 06
Our dog is a house dog and only goes outside for bathroom breaks and while we are out there with her. She developed an itch on her belly and on her feet. She was chewing her feet raw!! We took her in and the vet took one look at her red skin and said that she is allergic to the grass pollen. She was put on a steriod once a day until the end of the season (mid october here in Northern Wisconsin). She hasn't been itching since then.
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
7 Dec 06
Oh right well we are in Winter now so could it be that to as he only goes out for toilet and walks with us