Dog Itching Allergy

The papillons, also known as butterfly dogs get its distinct butterfly wing looking ears with fringed hair. They are delicate, quirky looking dogs with abundant, silky flowing coat. They do not have an undercoat and their hair is quite long. Although they are not as sensitive like other toy dogs, when it comes to allergies, papillons can still suffer from it and even cause it to their owners. Owners should always be on the look out for any allergic symptoms their pets may exhibit. Symptoms that your papillon is having an allergic reaction could include excessive scratching, itching and licking of the ears, muzzle, paws or other parts of the body. Other symptoms could also include hair loss, recurring ear infections as well as changes in bowel movements. A pap experiencing an allergic reaction could also salivate and start licking his body, orange or red tinged hair is a sure sign of allergies in dogs. Difficulty breathing is a symptom mostly experienced by humans rather than dogs. Allergies do not always begin from birth some papillons get them even well into maturity. Allergic reactions can come from food, parasites, insects, molds, pollen, changes in the weather, rage weed and fall seasons. Knowing what your dog is allergic to does not have to be a trial and error experience, just like with humans there is a test available to determine elements or food that dogs can be allergic to. Knowing is winning half the battle by helping papillons avoid such allergens. There are a few basic allergens that dogs can be susceptible to, these inlcude;Flea and Bacterial Allergies this is most common especially to hairy dogs. Dogs can suffer from extreme itching on the bite area, causing redness, hair loss and sometimes even sores. The flea is actually not as dangerous as its saliva which passes through your pet and causes the allergic reaction. Flea bites are harmful to both dogs and humans an can be addressed by proper grooming, cleaning and a medicated shampoo if necessary. Garlic added to the dogs food is known to repel fleas and other bugs. You can also spray vinegar water on the dogs outdoor living space to get rid of the bugs. Bacteria can also affect dogs, normally it would also cause severe itching and lesions, this could be a Staph infection; if this is the case immediate medical attention is needed for both dog and owner. Inhalants these are also called atopy or hypersensitivity allergens in the environment. Symptoms would include scratching, itching and salivating that cause orange or reddish fur, This would include those that can be inhaled, it may come as a surprise for new dog owners, but they can be allergic to pollen too. Other inhalants include cigarette smoke, molds, mildew, dust and dust mites. This is usually treated with antibiotics, shampoos and antihistamines. Hypersensitation or exposing your pet to the allergen little by little to get the papillons immune system going is often used as the last resort. Food Allergies this type of allergy is often easy to spot as it can have an immediate reaction. Food allergy can be differentiated from intolerance judging by the symptom. Intolerance often causes diarrhea or an upset stomach while allergies can show similar symptoms as atopy. Dogs can often be allergic to specific foods such as beef, dairy, eggs, chicken, lamb and fish. With allergies, prevention is always better than the cure and it is important to know what your pap is allergic to. Although papillons are generally healthy dogs, they are fragile and severe allergic reactions can be fatal to them.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a solution for dog itching around the tail?
    I've bought Revolution, Front Line, flea sprays, allergy shampoos and vet shots and still can't seem to find my dog itching relief? I have spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars trying to stop it. Please help my dog.

    • ANSWER:
      Knee jerk reaction is to think anal glands. But surely your vet has checked that out. Is that the only place he's chewing? Is it at the base of his tail, or closer to the end? Have you ruled out fleas completely? It only takes on flea to jump on and then off to send a dog into a chewing frenzy with allergies to them. Try using a flea comb to double check for any "flea dirt". If you find any, more than likely that's your problem. If you're sure there's no fleas and anal glands are in the clear, might be easier to decide if you could take a picture.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to give a dog Benadryl to treat allergies?
    My dog has severe itching due to allergies and it gets so expensive to go to the vet every month and get a 0 cortisone shot. I would like to look into some home remedies that might provide relief for my 7 1/2 year old Yorkie. Does anyone know if Benadryl is safe for dogs and if it works (what would be the correct dosage be)? Any ideas would be much appreciated...thank you :)
    I am currently feeding him Addiction brand kangeroo and apples dog food.

    • ANSWER:
      It is safe and I have given it to my Lab for her allergies, but you need to check with the vet about the correct dosage, and you need to use children's Benadryl, not adults.
      Have you tried antihistamines, I get these form the vet, not very expensive and they do work better than Benadryl.

  3. QUESTION:
    my dog itches her eyes and shortly after the corners swell. What is this called?
    My dog itches hers eyes sometimes and when she does the corners swell up. Just recently she scratched one and it hasnt went back down. usually they go back down it a hour or so. Why do they do this? what is wrong with her?

    • ANSWER:
      I think it may be allergies as well. Have you changed your dogs food recently? Many times that is the cause of allergies. She may also be allergic to something in her environment such as cleaning products or even a type of plant. There is some good info on this site for help with allergies- hopefully it will help you out! http://www.mycanineallergies.com

  4. QUESTION:
    How can I stop my dog itching?
    My dog is itching like crazy, it started with her tail and now it is her stomoch and back legs. I took her to the vet but he just gave her cream to rub on the tail where she had grazed it.
    She has been fleaed, bathed,I have had her anal glands empied, and she is now on antihistamine (allergy relief tablets) but at least 5-6 times a day she goes crazy itching. Please, can an anyone suggest something .....

    • ANSWER:
      now, i'm not an anyone, but i'll suggest this anyway. get her a little bird, ya know, like the african elephants have. and it'll sit on your dogs back all day and eat all your dogs fleas n stuff that make her itch. alternatively, change her shampoo.

  5. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of psoriasis on a dog?
    My dog itches his rear end. I've tried Selson Blue, lotion, grease, eggs; and stuff to make him stop itching.

    • ANSWER:
      Its caused by a weak immune system or a food allergy usually.
      A change in diet or the sadding of a supplement might help.
      Primrose oil in the food ( Omega 6 fatty oils) is usually quite effective and very safe to use.
      Coal tar is also good - u can get it in lotions.
      Sunlight is also very good - it kills off activated T- cells as psoriasis occurs when t cells divide too rapidly.

  6. QUESTION:
    What would cause my dog to itch stomach, inner part of back legs, ears and itching abdomen Any ideas?
    Vet has said no mites possibly allergies. Gave new vet food, changed blankets and pillows, gave baths with no purfume for dogs. Ears itch so much they bleed along with abdomen and underside of tail, and also pulling skin off of area by nails

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like contact dermatitis - you might like to take a look at the following link and see whether the description fits, then discuss it with your vet.

      http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1587&articleid=508

      Our previous cavalier was diagnosed with atopia (allergic to two of the most common mould types) and improved with prednisilone (sp?)

  7. QUESTION:
    How can I tell what my dog is allergic to?
    My dog is itching and licking a lot, which I figure are allergies. How can I tell what she is allergic to, and are there any home treatments for allergies in dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      The best place to start in dealing with a dog with allergies is to take a long close look at the dog's diet.
      Look at the bag of kibble you are feeding the dog and read the ingredients. Chances are some of the first five to seven ingredients lists corn, wheat and or rice?
      Get the dog off of such a food, gradually and replace the food with a higher grade of dog food that does not contain any corn or grains what so ever.
      Find a kibble with low glycemic vegetables. Such as Go naturals, Salmon Formula. This has done wonders for my dog who had allergies with similar symptoms. My dog loves vegetables too but I will not feed her any carrots, peas or sweet potatoes anymore either. She is doing much better now.
      The best place to start is with your dogs diet. Usually a vet will prescribe a medication but usually always contains an ingredient which in the long run only aggravates the allergy problem. Best to start from the inside out and work with the dogs diet.

      If you feed your dog a whole food diet then you can find out what the dog is allergic too by process of elimination. Look this up on Google by searching elimination diet for dog with allergies and research this technique.

      I can honestly say however that if you read the ingredients on your dog food bag and find corn, wheat or rice, by finding a food that eliminates these ingredients, you will see a difference in your dog with in a few weeks. If you can not get Go naturals, Salmon Formula, try to go in to the California natural Line. They also supply a decent dog food that is also low glycemic and grain free.

      Gradually Change Food Formula
      http://www.thedogbowl.com/PPF/category_ID/35/dogbowl.asp

      Go naturals Salmon Formula
      http://www.petcurean.com/index.php?page_id=42

      California naturals
      http://www.naturapet.com/brands/california-natural.asp

  8. QUESTION:
    Can you give a dog allergy medicine if he is allergic to house mites?
    My dog has been itching and biting/licking a spot on each of his legs. The vet did a blood allergy test and the only thing he is allergic to in House Mites (all 3 kinds). I don't have carpet and have a foam bed due to the fact that I have allergies to everything. I haven't had any reactions...so why is my dog? I'm not sure if the vet is correct or not. I know that food is not the issue. I've gone grain free, added flax seed oil to his food. This is only affecting one of my two dogs.

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Is there are any home remedies for skin allergies for dogs?
    My dog itches a lot after she goes outside. her tummy gets red and she itches a lot. I don't want to bathe her after every time I take her out. Is there any home remedies to stop the itching? I have heard of giving her baby bendryl but it just makes her sleepy.

    • ANSWER:
      I have heard of using brewers yeast to help with skin irritation in dogs.... putting it in their food... check with the health food store.

  10. QUESTION:
    What should I do if my dog has allergies?
    I think my dog has allergies, he itches but doesn't have fleas. And he licks his paws a lot (which is a sign he does). Does anyone think I can give him anything like a benadryl or something? I know I should take him to the vet, but if it's something I can fix on my own, i'd rather save him the stress. I tried oatmeal wash and aloe vera (fresh plant) and listerine but it only helps temporarily. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Licking the paws is a sign of food allergies. What food is he on now? Try switching protein sources. Beef, wheat, and dairy are the most common allergens - try lamb and rice or fish and potato. Also, make sure that he isn't getting any treats that have the offending ingredients!

  11. QUESTION:
    How can I make my dog stop itching?
    My puppy is constantly itching himself. We've taken him to the vet and it's not fleas. She said it may just be dry skin, and to put fish oil in his food. So we did, but he is still itching. I think it might be allergies. But i don't know. What can I do to make my poor dog stop itching?? He's miserable!

    • ANSWER:
      I would try switching his food because this itching could very well be caused by a food allergy. When looking for a food you want to stay away from by-products, ground yellow corn, and any artificial flavors or colors.

      Nutro makes an excellent food. No ground yellow corn, which is a filler and a big allergen among pups. No by-products, which can include heads, feet and intestines. Nutro also has the highest levels of essential fatty acids (Omega 3 & 6) to help promote healthy skin and coat and also reduce shedding. They are actually the only company that I know of the guarantees healthy skin & coat. And all of their foods are 100% guaranteed! So give it a few weeks, if you don’t notice a difference, return the food (with your receipt), and get your money back.

      Hope this helps!

  12. QUESTION:
    I believe my dog is allergic to grass. Has anyone heard of rubbing sulfur on a dog to stop the itching?
    An allergy test cost 9. A coworker said she used sulfur on her dog for itching and it helped.

    • ANSWER:
      from experience with dog allergies i have one right now a dog an akita which i had tested it cost me closer to 0 but it really helped me to find the cause of the itching you might think it is grass but it can likely be the food you are feeding him which i found out. a few things i found were my dog is allergic to wheat oats many types of grass trees fleas ants turkey chicken and many more . if you do the testing now i know it cost alot but it will save you money in the long run because you will be at the vet all the time they will charge your visit a different med every time trust me i learned the hard way hopefully you can afford to get this done it will be very helpful. i wish you the best of luck with you dog

  13. QUESTION:
    What could my dogs excessive itching be?
    My dog is itching its bottom an awful lot lately and it's only at night. At first I thought it could be worms but then I figured out that two days ago I washed my dog and shampoo must have gotten there and after I had finished washing my dog it kept wiggleing it's but like crazy. Could it be the shampoo irritating it or is it worms
    ?

    • ANSWER:
      I see a few possible causes for the itching. Itching can be caused by an allergic reaction (to flea bites, the food or treats you give him, the grooming products or house-cleaning products you are using), mites or steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot'). Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections.

      ALLERGIES

      Many dogs are allergic to flea bites. You may not be able to see the fleas directly but you can always see the debris they leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If you see these and put them in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas on your dog with natural methods so that he is not exposed to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will harm him sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where he roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check the ingredients of the food/treats you give him. Dogs digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. If they contain grains such as wheat or corn stop them immediately. Get food/treats that have no grains and that have meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      If you just introduced a new grooming product (or a house cleaning product), discontinue it immediately.

      MITES

      There are three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      If the reason for the itching is mites, avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals that will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend a natural, effective, easy to use, and inexpensive spray treatment that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Vets nowadays assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal) such as the ones commonly caused by the use of steroids like Prednisone, cortisone or the so called “allergy shot” or any secondary infections caused by flea bite allergy or mites, as well as cuts, scrapes, etc. I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  14. QUESTION:
    how do i tell if my dogs alergy is a yeast infection or a true allergy?
    my dog itches and scratches constantly benedryl doesnt control it. She has lost her hair in a couple spots and the skin has turned black.

    • ANSWER:
      The only way is to have her allergy tested. It gives a very effective diagnosis these days but it's not cheap.

  15. QUESTION:
    How do you know if the dog has mites or allergies?
    My dog has been itching and licking herself for a while now, and at first I thought of it as allergies, but I researched and it might be sarcoptic mange? How to tell the difference?

    PS She's a shih tzu, if that helps. She's 12 years old, and she never itched as bad as this. Her skin is getting really pink and raw around her armpits and under her legs.

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog would be very sick if it were Sarcoptic mange. It's possible it's Demodectic mange, but you'd know this by taking your dog to the Vet and having a SKIN SCRAPING done.

      You should have taken her to the Vet a long time ago, raw skin and constant scratching/chewing can be painful, and there could be another underlying medical condition going on as well.

  16. QUESTION:
    what human medications can i put on my dogs skin?
    my dog is itching and scratching herself raw. what human ointments can i use on her skin? what home remedies can i try?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to know why your dog is doing this. If it's fleas then the pooch needs to get some sort of bath or flea treatment. If it is dry skin then oatmeal baths and other shampoos can help. Aloe Vera is also helpful if the dog does not lick it off. If it is mange then you need to see a vet about treatment. If it is boredom then you need to give the dog more attention and exercise to get them tired out.

      My dog has allergies that are seasonal. He will scratch and bite himself until the point of wounds. I give him Benadryl. 1 pill every 12 hours and he is 40lbs, (I get 100 pills of generic for 5 bucks at Walmart) call a vet to ask about the amount your own dog should use. Yes, my vet put us on this prescription and it is very common to be on a Benadryl regiment.

      Knowing why is the most important part of fixing the problem, and will save you money from trying everything and coming up sort in the long run.

  17. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog itch and bite till he bleeds everywhere?
    Why does my dog itch and bite till he bleeds everywhere?Its not fleas, its not dry skin, its not allergies, i just dont know i have a golden 150lb retriever who sits around just biting himself until he bleeds and ive also tried different foods as well.Please help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Has your VET told you it's not allergies? Because it sure sounds like it. It's not uncommon for dogs to be allergic to fleas. My Pitt was doing this to herself. To the point where she would bleed. Took her to the vet and he told me it was a flea allergy. Gave her a shot and then i went home and gave her a bath. If i ever see her chewing he told me to give her 1mg of benedril for every 2 pounds of body weight. (25mg pill for 50lb dog.)

      The different foods you've tried... are any of them holistic? It's also not uncommon for dogs to be allergic to corn, wheat, or soy. Which is common filler in cheaper dog foods. Holistic foods don't contain any of these fillers.

      And if you haven't taken the dog to the vet... I would do that first.

  18. QUESTION:
    Is there such a thing as lotion for dogs?
    I know this sounds silly but my dog had allergy issues and broke out all over his face and body. I cleared up the initial reaction and I have them under control but his skin is now extremely dry and cracked. It's bothering him and he won't stop scratching and rubbing on the carpet. I was just wondering if there was a lotion I could use to give him some relief. Or would regular lotion work for him too? Thanks!
    I know for a fact it's not worms. He has allergies just like I said.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, my dog, Barbie, has a lot of allergies and she takes medicine and my mom rubs lotion on her! You can get lotion for dogs at either petsmart or petco or walmart! My dog itches and scratches too, but don't let your dog do that! You have to stop it! Don't use lotion for people! That will make your dog itch more! Whenever your dog itches just say " No!" and put on just a little bit of lotion where the dog itches.

  19. QUESTION:
    What can I do about my dogs itching and now dandruff?
    My 12 year old Sheltie mix has had problems with itching ever since I adopted him 2.5 years ago. I take him to the vet at least 3 times a year when it gets really bad and all the vet ever does is, is give him a cortisone injection.
    Ever since Winter started, not only is his itching worse, but he has developed really bad dandruff. The way his coat is, you can only see a bit on the top, but underneath it's like a snow blizzard.
    I want to know if there's anything other then another shot of cortisone to help him with the itching, and now the dandruff.

    • ANSWER:
      You can always try a different vet.

      Quite often, itching can be due to allergies. Food allergies are pretty common, and other allergies can include fleas, pollen, grass, any number of things.

      If you want your dog to have a healthy skin and coat, you need to feed high quality dog food. That grocery store stuff is pure garbage. Evo, Blue Buffalo, and Orijin are all examples of high quality food. You end up feeding your dog smaller portions, so you aren't spending that much more money in the long run. A fish oil supplement should also help.

      In the meantime, he could use a good bath. Look for dog shampoo that is meant to soothe itchy skin. Make sure ALL of the shampoo is rinsed off, as any residue left on the skin will make him even more itchy. Being a mix, if he has more of a sheltie coat, he may have a lot of undercoat that needs to be brushed out properly. If his coat is super thick and getting matted, you may just want to bring him to the groomers for a bath. They will bathe and blow dry him.

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the deal with my dog itching and eye goo?
    I have taken him to two different vets now, and I feel like they are just trying to get me to spend more money. He eats organic food, has no fleas. Gets no treats. I spent 600.00 so far and can't do it anymore. I am pretty sure from what I've read that he has an allergy to something in the air. Can anyone recommend anything? Constant scratching and biting. Has eye boogers all the time. Smells bad, and has ear infections all the time.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds identical to my Boxer, actually! Some dogs just have allergies to everyday things. We, too, spent tons of money on special hypoallergenic food, special blankets, medications and vitamins, blah blah blah. The only thing that ever worked were her eardrops called "Surolan." For the itching, can't really help that. The eye grossness? Its just from watering eyes, so just wipe it whenever you need to.
      That's all I can offer to help. :)

  21. QUESTION:
    What makes dogs itch and scratch constantly other than fleas?
    Two male pomeranians, not related, ages six and seven years lost hand fulls of hair over several months and scratch and chew and rub their faces on pillows and rugs not to mention dragging their buts across the floor. Both receive Advantix regularly. One dogs hair is now only an inch long and the other has large patches that are bald.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be mites, lice, or other parasites. Could be a food allergy or an allergy to shampoos, clothing, or plants. It could even be an allergy to the advantix. They could have a thyroid problem. Sounds like you might want to discuss this issue with your vet.

  22. QUESTION:
    Why are my dogs itching when they get all the medicine that they needed every month?
    Three weeks ago both of my dogs were bitten by snake while they were under the care of the sitter. Is it possible dry skin is the culprit or they got fleas from their dogs? My dogs get their regular grooming every month.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think the snakebite has any connection to your dogs' itching. If you think it is caused by dry skin (I doubt it), get some Linatone or other source of linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid) to add to their food. Have you checked your dogs for fleas? You don't use Frontline, do you? It is no longer working at all well and the company is hoping to have a new formula out by the end of the year. Switch to Advantage or use something else, such as a 30 day flea dip or some Adams Flea and Tick spray with IGR (good for up to 3 months if done right). It is also possible that your dogs have allergies or some kind of skin disease/s that are making them itchy.

      Have your vet take a look.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is constant itching a sign of dog worms?
    My dog is constantly itching even after baths and i figure if he had fleas everybody in the house would be itching, I can't afford a vet at this time, but i would really like to help him.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure the dog doesn't have fleas? Have the dog lie on his back, and check his stomach very carefully to see if there are any fleas in his fur.

      If the itching is around the dog's butt, it could be worms, but if the itching is all over, it sounds like an allergy. You need to figure out what the dog is allergic to. It could be something environmental (grass, shampoo, detergent you wash blankets in) or it could be his food. Try getting a hypoallergenic dog shampoo, and only bathe him about every 2 weeks. I know, dogs get stinky sometimes, but the more you wash him, the drier his skin will be, and the more he'll itch.

      Also, change his food (gradually, over a period of a week or so) to a high quality food without grain. A lot of dogs have grain allergies. Mine will chew her paws bloody if she eats any sort of grain (including rice). California Natural has grain fee dog food, and it's worked wonders for my dog. If it's a food allergy, you should see improvement fairly quickly.

      Keep the dog off the grass for awhile. MANY dogs are allergic to grass, and they'll scratch themselves terribly if exposed.

  24. QUESTION:
    WHat can I do to alleviate the itchiness of my dog?
    SO my dog is itching, licking, biting , and he is pretty red. I think it's due to allergies. I m taking him to the vet tomorrow, but is there anything I can do to alleviate the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Try and oatmeal dog bath and for a small dog you can give them 1/2 of a 25mg Benadryl Tab and for a larger dog one tab. Yes, please take them to the vet tomorrow.

  25. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my dog has fleas?
    My dog has been itching himself more than usual lately (the last week or so), but I never considered fleas until today. I noticed that he has little white things on his black fur. I can't tell if they're moving or not. Are fleas white? Can you see them with the naked eye? Can a groomer take care of the fleas, or do I need to take him to the vet? He's never had fleas before. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Fleas are black, and their dirts (poos) are also black. Their eggs and larvae are microscopic; you can't see them.

      These white specks are likely to be flakes of skin (dandruff) caused by any number of skin conditions. To find out if he has fleas, run a flea comb through his fur, particularly around the belly, neck and armpits. Look at the fur on the comb; does it have any black specks on it? These are flea dirts. You can also comb over wet white paper; flea dirts turn red when wetted.

      You do need to get flea treatment from a vets. From what I've heard, groomers only seem to use flea shampoos, which don't work. You need proper treatment like Frontline, Advantage, Advocate or Revolution.

      It's a good idea to treat your dog regularly. If it isn't fleas, you definitely need to get him to a vet to find out what's causing the scratching; it could be mites, hormonal imbalances, allergies - many things!

      Chalice

  26. QUESTION:
    My dog is itching and chewing on his feet - anyone have a similar issue and resolved it?
    He is chewing and scratching himself raw - I am wondering if he might have an allergy? And yes, we already have an appointment with vet.
    He is a Jack Russell that gets walked everyday and does not get fed corn. We feed him a high quality protein based food with no soy.

    • ANSWER:
      my dog had that once before too. we took it to the vet and it had
      fleas and gave us a medicine in a spray bottle
      to kill them off of there body.

  27. QUESTION:
    Anyone have a serious dog allergy and still have a dog? What kind?
    I want to hear from people that really have had a reaction to a dog, breathing difficulty, hives, itching, swelling etc.. but still got a 'hypo allergenic' dog and made it work.

    I know there are not REALLY any non-allergenic dogs, but I'm looking for some to try since my daughter REALLY wants a dog. She is allergic to dog, cats and horse dander and salivia.

    Please only reply if you have an allergy and a dog. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I have allergies but i have yorkshire terriers they dont have fur they have hair like a human and no under coat so they dont molt like other dogs.They reccomend yorkies to people who have allergies and i also have 3 kids who the dog loves to bits.I also have allergies to horses,cats and dogs but the yorkie has never affected me.i also have asthma and hayfever.good luck and i hope you find one suitable as they are great pets to have.

  28. QUESTION:
    What can i do if my outdoor dog keeps itching her body?
    My dog is always scratching everything on her body and its gotten so bad that parts of her fur are starting to go missing. I've given her multiple flea and tick baths and nothing seems to help. What should i do? any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Take her to the vet and find out what the problem is. It could be fleas, ticks, mange, hot spots, allergies, or any number of things. Only a vet will be able to tell for sure why she's itchy and losing fur and prescribe the right thing for your dog.

  29. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever gotten their dog an allergy shot?
    My dog is itching like crazy. It's not fleas...she's on meds for that. We think it's from dry skin due to allergies. Has anyone ever gotten an allergy shot for their dog? Do you recommend it? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I've never gotten the allergy shot for my dog, but my dog suffers from dry skin also. i give her 1 fish oil pill each day (she's 27 lbs). the dose for humans is 3 a day. this clears all of her dandruff and scratching up. i highly recommend www.iherb.com - very inexpensive and quick shipping.

      good luck!

  30. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any natural remedies for dog allergies?
    My labrador has horrible allergies. She's been to the vet several times and has been treated with everything from steriod and cortizone shots to antibiotics to shampoos and anti-itch creams and more. While the symptoms will go away after each treatment, they always come back and I hate to see her suffering from constant itching (not to mention all the treatments are getting ridiculously expensive and they don't solve the problem long-term anyway). Does anyone have any suggestions or know of any homopathic/natural remedies? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Grain free diet. If this scratching is all year round than he is allergic to his food. Up to 70% of dogs are allergic to corn, wheat, soy and/or barley. Go to your local natural pet food store and tell them you need a good grain free diet. Try to find wellness core reduced fat if you can as most grain free diets can cause a lab to gain weight (most food can cause a lab to gain). If the problem continues get some Azmira Aller'G. This is a natural supplement that will help his system to defend itself. If you smoke please do so outside as this can also cause these problems. If the problems continue after six weeks than add some salmon oil or flax-seed oil to her food. this will get her omega 3/6 balance out. Good luck!

  31. QUESTION:
    What can i do to help my constantly itching dog?
    My dog is just always itching. I feel bad but the vet just gives her a shot and its last a few weeks. But she really doesnt stop ever. She has to wear a t shirt just to block her from pulling her hair out. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      If he is constantly itching, then you should seek the advice of a vet. He may have parasites or allergies which needs to be treated accordingly.

      If you are unsatisfied with your current vet, there is nothing wrong with getting a second opinion.

  32. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog itching and scratching itself?
    I have a 3 year old miniature daschund, and recently she has started scratching, itching and licking herself. She never used to do this and I'm wondering why? Does she have flea's? Dry Skin? But she's short haired so i would think i could see flea's of she had any.

    • ANSWER:
      Fleas, dry skin, allergies, infections. mites, bites.

      Best to check with your vet as there are too many variables with itching.

  33. QUESTION:
    I have a German Shepherd with a flea bite allergy. Any suggestions for her itchy skin?
    My dog has a severe allergy to flea bites. The Vet has suggested different allergy medications to control the itching (benadryl, etc.), we tried a few topical sprays that were recommended by the Vet. Nothing works. The Vet has given her a couple of steriod injections and said it would give her some relief. It didn't and I don't want her to have any more steroids. The Vet doesn't have any more suggestions other than putting her on harsh medications. Frontline only kills the fleas after they bite. It's my poor dog that concerns me. She is scratching herself raw. Does anyone have any remedies that have worked? I've done vinegar rinses, tea tree oil rubs, anti-itch shampoos, the allergy pills, the topical sprays and nothing helps. Also, I was wondering if anyone had a good flea repellent that is safe to put on my dog.
    We have tented the house and sprayed the yard for fleas. We live in a rural area and it's impossible to get rid of all the fleas. I tried Frontline, Advantage and Revolution. The problem is a flea bite allergy and not food allergy.

    • ANSWER:
      have you tried oatmeal baths...I mean just submerge her body in the oatmeal and have you there for about 10 minutes. Once your done just rinse dont wash. Also giving a dog garlic (form the clove) keeps the fleas off and from biting.....she'll get bit but the fleas will stop once the garlic is in her system, the garlic will come out through her skin and fleas wont bother. This helped my jack russell and my brothers dog. They were itching so hard they were bleeding. Good Luck and dont give up.

  34. QUESTION:
    How to get my dog to stop itching and taking off bits of hair?
    My 4th month old newfoundland is itching like crazy and is now biting off small chunks of hair. This started about 2 weeks ago. He does not have fleas. My husband and I have looked on the internet and found somethings to try but so far none of these have worked... flea bath, cool bath with baking soda to sooth the itching, and bread with olive oil on it to sooth the itching from the inside out. If anyone can help or give more suggestions we would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      If this were my dog, I'd switch her to Natural Balance Duck & Potato. It's the low protein that large breed puppies need and it's also excellent for dogs with allergies.

      If you used a good breeder that shows/works/competes her dogs, you should also touch base with them and ask about the problem. They might have a fantastic recommendation that works wonderfully on Newfs.

      You also need to touch base with a vet to find out about benadryl dosing, or some other antihistamine, until you can find the source of the allergies.

      If it's not a food allergy, then you'll also need to look at environmental allergies like air fresheners, fabric softeners, your shampoo, your hairspray, your cleaning products, etc.

  35. QUESTION:
    I need a good shampoo to stop my dogs itching, Any suggestions?
    I have a 2 year old chihuahua who has pretty bad seasonal allergies. This year they are really bad. He's a light tan color so I can see some spots where he scratches himself raw! We have seen the vet and did everything he said,(changed food to a better brand, antihistimenes) But I feel like its not enough. I want a shampoo that will give him some immediate relief. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      I love the Earthbath shampoos. They are all natural and even bio-degradeable. There are absolutely no chemicals in them. They also make an oatmeal shampoo for sensitive skin. You can find Earthbath in most major pet stores and online.

  36. QUESTION:
    Staffordshire Terrier that constantly itches?
    Any remedies to stop the dog itching? have been to the vet but they do not have a solution. Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog may have allergies. They could be environmental or food. Talk to your vet about giving your dog benadryl (what the dose would be). There's also a hydrocortizone for dogs.

      If your dog has food allergies, the usual suspects are wheat and corn. You want to feed your dog a diet to promote a healthy coat and get rid of the dry skin. The itchy skin can lead to secondary problems like yeast ear infections and bacterial skin infections.

      Feed your dog the highest quality dog food you can afford...make sure it's wheat and corn free. You usually can't get these at you major department store...you have to get them at a dog food store or a feed store.

      Add an Omega 3 fatty acid to your dogs diet. Fish oil or flax seed oil are great sources. If you buy fish oil at a dog food store, read the label...I've found some that contain wheat products. I will also buy human grade from a pharmacy if it's on sale or clearance.

      Wash your dog with a oatmeal shampoo, don't over bathe, this too can cause dry skin. Bathing once a month is fine...well unless your dog like to roll around on fish carcases (I had a dog that did that at least once a week).

      Make sure you brush your dog at least once a week. It will help dispel loose hairs and help distribute the natural oils.

  37. QUESTION:
    How do I make my dog stop chewing on her paws?
    My dog chews on her paws constantly. Everytime we leave her alone for a minute she is chewing/licking her paws. When we leave her alone for hours at a time she chews on her paws and slobers on everything. We have tryed cleaning her paws, putting a bad tasting spray on her paws, and most recently muzzling her, but nothing helps. Is this separation anxiety? What can we do to make her stop chewing on her paws?

    • ANSWER:
      several reasons why a dog would do that:

      - boredom: does she have toys, challenging activities during the day, enough exercise?

      - allergy: my dog does that in the summer, and she now takes allergy medication for it.

      - eczema: how does it look? is the hair off? is it red?

      - parasite dermatitis (flea, tick, mosquitoe) but that would be also on the rest of teh body - not just paws.

      no one can tell you exactly why your dog does that, you need to go to a vet for a real diagnosis.
      all 4 options above are not life-threatening situations, but it would be great for your dog to see a vet because your dog can create a wound by focusing in one spot, and paws are easily accessible for infections (walk in the park, streets etc)

      good luck!

      here is what I found online:

      Although several skin conditions can cause a dog to lick her feet, allergies are commonly at the root of this behavior. Airborne allergens cause atopic dermatitis (or atopy) in dogs. Basically this means that the pollens and molds that cause stuffy noses, sneezing, and respiratory problems in people make dogs itch. Atopic dermatitis is marked by excessive licking, biting, or scratching of the paws, face, armpits, and groin. Plant pollens, molds, dander, dust mites, and even smoke can cause a dog to itch. Some of these allergens are seasonal, but if your dog is allergic to lots of different plant pollens and molds that are present during different seasons, her allergic reactions may span the entire year.

      A veterinarian will have to determine if your dog suffers from atopy, a food allergy, or some other skin condition. If atopic allergies are the cause, possible treatments include antihistamines, steroids, and hypoallergenic injections ("allergy shots").

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the most common allergy for dogs?
    My dog has allergies, and I don't have any idea what she could be allergic to!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs can be allergic to a lot of things. Flea allergies are extremely common as are food allergies of various sorts. Dogs can also have environmental allergies (such as pollen) just like people.

      I have an allergic dog and combination of using Frontline Plus, feeding California Natural (formulated for allergic dogs), bathing monthly (and sometimes more often) to reduce allergens in the coat (since he is worse in spring) has helped a lot. When he starts itching despite these measures, he gets benadryl. Ask your vet for the right dose. If nothing you or your vet helps, consider consulting a veterinary dermatologist - a friend of mine with a very allergic dog found help this way.

  39. QUESTION:
    I am a dog sitter and I watched a lady's dog who kept scratching and lost its hair, now she wants her money ba?
    She told me her dog has allergies when she dropped her off I did not cause her dog to itch and scratch her self, she said she wanted her money refunded even though I watched her dog for 3 weeks, she said she was going to take it to the vet but hasn't
    She said she would take me to court! I have watch a dozen dogs and none of them ever had this problem, it is the dog who was itching not my fault!
    Am I obligated to give her money back?

    • ANSWER:
      it is not your fault the dog has allergies but it was your responsibility to keep the dog health. The dog has allergies and you could of asked us like you did this question. It would have saved alot of trouble for everyone. That poor dog though got the worst. I hope her hair grows back. As far as giving her money back I don't think you should have to because the owner should have given you something to help the dog with her allergies she didn't get them overnight. U both were in the wrong. Just chalk it up to a lesson learned

  40. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural remedies for my dogs skin?
    My dog has recently been itching and chewing on his back but we haven't seen any fleas or bumps. We have been spraying bitter tasting spray where he chews and we've been putting medicine on the spots he itches and chews but nothing is working. He's had baths, vet trips, and medicine but now we are looking for natural remedies that will help his skin.

    • ANSWER:
      It would help if you knew what was causing the itching in the first place. It's pretty important. What does your vet say is causing it?

      Dogs can have allergies to food, their environment and of course fleas.

      If your dog has seasonal allergies then you can buy a really good natural product that you mix with water and cider vinegar. I think it's called Itch Relief. I use it on my dog in Spring and Summer and it works well. Just spray it 2-3 times a day. You can buy it online from http://www.holisticanimalmedicines.com/

      They ship worldwide I believe but if you have a holistic vet in your area they should be able to mix you up something just the same.

      If your dog is starting to get scabs and is still itching then more than likely he will have an infection too and that has to be treated by the vet with antibiotics. They will take a skin scraping to let you know what's going on. I hope it doesn't get to that stage because then you have two problems to deal with.

      Good luck!

  41. QUESTION:
    My poor dog has seasonal allergies. Any home remedies I am can give her?
    I have an Akita mix, and I have read that they are more likely to get seasonal allergies. But every year about this time she just scratches and scratches. I have given her oatmeal baths, which seems to help for a bit. I have thought about giving her just regular old benedryl, but I am not sure how much to give (she weighs maybe 50 lbs). Any suggestions for either home remedies or products I can buy to help her? I am having a temp money crunch and cant afford to take her to the vet at this moment.

    • ANSWER:
      i have the same problem with my husky it is a long battle with him and it startes around june/july and he is still suffering. he weighs 96 lbs and the vet says i can give him up to 3 benadryl a day. he has been on prenisone for a few mths which really helps but the side effects are peeing a lot and thirst. i bought him some oatmeal conditioner that you rub on his skin and leave on it soothes his spots also i changed his diet to lamb and rice mix and cut out beef,pork,chicken etc and only give it to him when i cook it.try to keep your dog out of long grass,weeds and wet areas on the ground as it triggers his itch. i just started walking him again since it got cooler and he is happy but is still scratching but not as bad. prenisone is a good source of relief and your best bet is to take her in and get the right meds for her, but you can start with the benadryl and see if it helps and the oat baths are good too. good luck.

  42. QUESTION:
    Is there any way to counter act a dogs allergy to grains if they ate something with grain in it?
    OOh boy does he stink.. Flatulate much? Anyway he has an allergy to all grains so we already know not to give him anything with grain. We have him on a vet approved raw meat diet. Anyhow at b-fast this morning I left the table for a minute and he got into my oatmeal and ate the whole bowl and last night my son decided it was okay to share is popcorn with him. Now He stinks. What can I do to counter his allergy at this point in time? Im sure with him farting like he is he probably has a stomache ache. Poor guy. Is there anything I can do for him? He's really itchy too....Is there a home remedy or something?

    • ANSWER:
      Children's Benedril will help with the itching and the gas problem should be over soon as he had a few stools

  43. QUESTION:
    Would I be wrong to assume that my dog is allergic to the newly grown cornstalk in the backyard?
    Ever since a few weeks ago my dog started itching until he broke skin and he also developed small bumps along his lips. we took him to the vet (he said allergies) and we were given cortisone pills which got rid of the symptoms within a few days. now the symptoms are starting to appear again and I want to know if the allergy is possibly due to a corn stalk growing in the backyard.

    • ANSWER:
      Probably not unless the puppy touched it.

      Pollen allergies are respiratory or contact; if the skin reacts, its a contact allergy: something the pup touched or touched the pup. Fleas?

      Corn pollen does fly far and wide; if you have reason to suspect it cut it down.

  44. QUESTION:
    My dog is itching because of dry skin?
    (not fleas). He had a bath a few days ago and is itching like crazy. Can I put vaseline intensive care hand lotion on him? Any other home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      All that will give you is a greasy mess. You treat dry skin from the inside, try salmon or fish oil capsules. (as long as you have ruled our allergies).. As for his bath, are you sure you rinsed out all the soap, it's not as easy as it seems. We have had several dogs in the salon that the owners have bathed at home, and when we wet them down, the soap is still in the coat from that bath the owners gave them. The soap dries out the skin and the dogs itch like mad.

      30 yrs grooming

  45. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to put Cortizone on my dog to help her stop itching?
    My dog has really bad allergies and itches a lot, and I was wondering if it would be okay to put cortizone on her? I don't know if it would hurt her to dig again (with her mouth) if she has cortizone on her or not. If not, does anyone else have any suggestions to help her stop itching so much?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, putting hydrocortisone on your dog can be helpful with itching, and it will not harm her if she licks it off. If your dog is not averse to clothing, a good trick is to put the hydrocortisone on her and put a doggie shirt on so that she doesn't lick it off.

      You may also want to give your dog a baby Benadryl if allergies are involved to make her more comfortable. I would also suggest using an oatmeal shampoo to make her less prone to itching.

      Many dogs are allergic to ingredients in dog food such as soy, wheat and corn. You might want to consider changing your dog's diet. I only feed my dog very high-quality dog food like Canidae or Natural Balance. This has been a solution that many people have found to be helpful.

      You may want to take her to the vet. The vet can give her a steroid shot that will temporarily make her feel better. Also, if your dog has a lot of bald spots or bad scabbing, you may want to bring her in to the vet to check if she has an infection that is fungal. Fungal infections require a special type of shampoo that your vet can recommend.

  46. QUESTION:
    Is there something you can put on a dog to make it more hypo allergenic?
    I have allergies and dogs make me itch really bad. Is there something you can do or put on a dog to make him more hypo allergenic?

    • ANSWER:
      Rat Mom gives some good advice here. I am allergic to dogs and have had 2 to 4 of them in my house for years. In addition to Rat Mom's advice, I'd like to add that seeing your allergist for immunotherapy is the best option for you. Most people who have one allergy have several. If you haven't been tested in the last several years, get tested. Then sign on for immunotherapy shots (they're not that expensive)...you'll see marked improvement in your symptoms, regardless of what happens to be aggravating your system.

  47. QUESTION:
    Could my dogs possibly be alleric to wheat?
    My dog tends to itch alot but the other one does'nt.Could he be allergic to the wheat bread we give him every morning?

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely! The most common allergies for dogs are wheat, corn, soy & beef. Interestingly, those are the same ingredients that often cause a problem & recall for dog food & treats. So, if you stay away from those things, you'll be safer all around.

      There are good website that tell you how to read a dog food label. Basically, you want the first ingredient to be a meat source & not in "meal" form (that means they bought it from someone else that processed it...and who knows for what & when!) The second can be meal, since that would be that they processed it & now it is meal.

      Then, you want to stay away from things that are just "filler". Like wheat and corn...or maybe other grains.

      Hope that helps some!

      My doggie has allergies too! We stay away from the items mentioned & only shampoo with Oatmeal (gentle, non-perfume) shampoo.

  48. QUESTION:
    Can itching be an indication of something more serious?
    My 10 year old dog has been itching like mad, and his belly is bright pink from scratching.

    He's seeing the vet on the 4th

    what do u think?

    • ANSWER:
      Fleas
      Mange
      Allergies
      He laid on something and his skin is reacting.

      Try giving him a bath with a hypoallergenic shampoo and see if that helps. Think of anything different. Different detergent, carpet cleaner... anything you can think of? Rule out contact allergies while you wait to see the vet, though personally I would try to move that appointment up. Itchy dog is a miserable dog.

  49. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of dino bites dog food. It is supposed to be for dogs that itch and shed?
    I have part wolf and german shepard and I recently bought a furminator brush and she seems to be shedding like crazy. I currently feed her pedigree and some new natural holistic food I bought because she once had a seizure and the internet said that you should feed a dog that with seizures. Her hair is coming in terribly and I think I should change the food.

    • ANSWER:
      I have never heard of dino bites. feed her an organic food. Canidae or Wolf Pack organics are the ones I recommend. Depending on what % wolf she is, she needs a more meat based diet than most commercial dog foods offer. Also, since she has shepherd in her, she may have an allergy to corn, which Pedigree is mainly made of. When buying a dog food, stay away from anything that lists whole grain corn or any corn as some of the first ingredients. It is a filler and has no nutritional content.


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