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I Need Your Help . . . My Dog Won't Stop Scratching!

Oh no! Read this problem submitted by PetSugar reader Ludee00 in the PetSugar Q + A group and see if you can offer any tips for her:

I recently rescued a cocker spaniel pup, eight weeks old. I have brought her to the vet five times and he can't seem to find out what is wrong. She seems to scratch all over. It won't wake her up, but it will stop her in her tracks when she is playing or eating. She will just start scratching. I have tried the following:

  • She was scraped and no mites or ringworm.
  • Tried oatmeal shampoo and Maleseb shampoo.
  • Tried a broad antibiotics in case it is bacterial.
  • Changed diet to Natural Balance and started adding Vitamin E to food.
  • She will bite at her rear and paws and scratch her body, ears and legs. No hair loss or inflamed skin. No appearance of rash or crusty skin.

She will cry from the scratching and it breaks my heart. She is so young, I don't want to try anything too extreme (medication wise). I have no idea what else to do. I have had her for 14 days and she has been to the vet five times, with another appt. this Friday. Any advice would be great.

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emilyaline emilyaline 6 years
i agree with all the other posters. this definitely sounds like allergies. we feed wellness food and our dogs love it and it has all human grade ingredients. our vet also suggested that we give our puppy (great dane) benadryl when we notice him scratching or chewing at himself. (ask your vet first!!) it has helped a lot! she also told us to wipe him down every evening with a damp towel to get all the pollen off of him every day. hope this helps!!
Happygirl83 Happygirl83 6 years
I have a Cocker Spaniel that is 5 years old sometime the first year of her life she started scratching and she never stopped it was AWFUL. She had 2 very expensive eye surgeries because she scratched her eyeball. It made me so sad I wanted to cry. I tried everything. Then one day somebody told me about hypoallergenic dog food... The one I use is Science Diet but I'm sure there are other brands... It's expensive but save your puppy and yourself so much pain and give it a try. I also keep her hair really short that helps to check for breakouts. I really hope this helps you I know how flustrated I was dealing with this. Good Luck!
handbaggal821 handbaggal821 6 years
I agree, I believe it's allergies as well. My dog itches and has reactions to chicken or any kind of chicken product. Switch the food and also i recommend all natural dry or wet foods, they are the best for your dog!!!
Ellenora Ellenora 6 years
I ditto the allergies. Some dogs also scratch when they're stressed so look for signs of stress. If she doesn't look stressed, it's probably allergies.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Find a new vet. Seriously. Preferably one that specializes in the area of allergies.
jfeagle jfeagle 6 years
I agree it sounds like an allergy. I have a pug that is allergic to corn (which alot of dog foods have in them) and she had very similar symptoms. I changed her food (she eats Nutro now) and it's not as bad as it used to be, but her vet has given me allergy pills that seem to help, I just hate keeping her medicated. I have found that the Paul Mitchelle shampoo and conditioner for dogs has worked pretty well and usually will keep her from itching for a few days.
agnellina agnellina 6 years
It might be allergies. My three year old Havanese gets them this time of year. My vet gave me some antihistamines and some topical gel for around his eyes. They also have aloe gel at pet stores for itchyness, but I wouldn't recommend putting it in areas where your puppy can lick as aloe is not good for dogs to ingest.
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