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Old 11-09-2011, 05:40 PM
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Question Home remedies for dog itching???

Got a Shih tzu. Started scratching around his hind legs and it is driving both him and us crazy.

Gave him some OTC allergy meds, but it hasn't helped.

He does not have fleas or any other skin diseaase.

Any sugestions on what to use to help control/stop his itching??

Thanks in advance for your help, from us and him.
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:50 PM
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If dry skin is the cause, a table spoon of safflower oil can help. Mixed with food once a day, it has helped our Buster.
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:52 PM
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Have you taken him to a vet? His condition may require prescription medication, or special shampoo, etc.
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:57 PM
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I think the dry leaves cause one of my dogs to itch. I shake some of my Zeasorb AF jock itch powder on him and it seems to give him relief. My wife will sometimes give him 1/4th of a children's benadryl at night and he sleeps better.
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:04 PM
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Trade the dog for a cat.
Viola! No more scratching.

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Old 11-09-2011, 06:13 PM
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It may be you dog's food. If my golden eats anything with chicken or corn in it, her skin drys up & she starts to scratch. As long as we keep her to lamb, beef or rice, no scratching at all. You might want to change your food and see.

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My sisters lab has the same problem with corn meal in her food.That's were I got the idea to change Lola's food. My sister took her lab to the vet and it was the first thing recommended. Lots of dog food is based on corn or chicken meal. Have a look at the ingredients in your dog food. It might be the answer.

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Old 11-09-2011, 07:02 PM
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Our Jack Russell has multiple allergies, both food and airborne, causing itching, open sores and hair loss. She's on a restricted diet and we keep Prednisone and antibiotics on hand for when she has a flare-up. Some breeds are very prone to allergies.

If I were you, I'd take your pup to the vet and get some professional help.

PS - benadryl helps too, and you'd be surprised how big of a dose you can give a dog. Talk to your vet.

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Old 11-09-2011, 07:43 PM
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Post 6 & 7 might be the answer.My Schnauzer is allergic to most grains.We feed him Blue Buffalo and it seems to do the trick.Not the cheep stuff.Learn to read the labels and see what foods cause a reaction.Weather also can cause a flare up and keeping some benies on hand is a good idea.I don't like to give him the Prednisone but keep it on hand just in case.When he starts up some times he'll root a hole on his back side in no time at all.
Best of luck,It can be a life long challenge.

Added,Watch your treats as well.Some of that stuff is garbage.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:51 PM
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Taking the dog to a Vet is always a good idea. Our Yellow Lab has been helped by getting dog food with no corn in it, fish oil mixed into food, OTC allergy pills (Benadryl or generic version) and OTC topical sprays.

The bad news is, although these things have helped she still scratchs alot. Even the perscription topical spray the Vet gave us only cut down the itching, it didn't elimanate it.
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:29 PM
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my little girl has a food allergy. She goes to the vet every 8 weeks for a shot. Works for Gracie. You should get your dog to a vet and find out if it works for him. Took hold in about 24 hours. No more itching.

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One thing that seems to work on our Shih tzu has been the salmon that the cat leaves. I put out about a tablespoon of salmon(Canned) for the cat - she eats abour 1/2 teaspoon and the Shih tzu finishes it up. Everyone is happy.
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