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Subject:itchies
Time:06:37 pm
My hubs and I rescued a 6 week old puppy running along I-10 in Texas a few months ago. We brought her home to NC and everything has been going well until about 4-6 weeks ago when she got the nastiest case of scratchies. I apply flea prevention every 3-4 weeks and when I comb her, I find no fleas or flea eggs. I bathe her every month to month and a half with an oatmeal dog shampoo and conditioner.

She is to the point where I can no longer sleep at night. She is scratching herself so hard she's got scabs on her head. I have tried Benadryl. Didn't stop it. I tried Baytril. She still scratched. I gave her some Tramadol to help her just get a good night's sleep - nothing. I tried herbal antibiotics. Nothing.

I am giving her Fish Oil and a Skin/Coat supplement.

I'm switching her food to Natural Balance Lamb Meal and Brown Rice (Allergy Formula) thinking perhaps it could be food allergies. The only other thing I can think of is that she is having a reaction to the carpet cleaner as I've had to clean my carpets 2-3 times in the last couple of months (yep, she's STILL a puppy).

What other things would you suggest in order to soothe her skin? I was thinking of picking up some ACV and bathing her in a dilution of that. I'm hoping this food takes affect but I don't know how long I'll have to wait for the chemicals in the carpet cleaner to wear off. I vacuumed today and it's been a week since I cleaned them.

Any ideas?
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miss_teacher
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Time:2008-12-13 01:23 am (UTC)
Has your vet done a skin scraping for mites?

Hopefully it's something you can easily control like a food allergy (if you find a food she does well on). My dog has environmental allergies, so there's nothing I can really do to eliminate her exposure unless I kept her in a bubble. It's such a pain but her allergies are not too bad at least.

I find the fish oil can really help. Maybe even try rubbing some olive oil on her skin...something that wouldn't be bad if she licked it.

Benadryl doesn't work for my dog either so just yesterday we picked up a prescription antihistamine from the vet. He says it works in most dogs. Haven't tried it yet since I only want to use it if the itching gets really bad.

Maybe next time rent a carpet cleaner and just use water and no solution?
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mayavada
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Time:2008-12-13 02:10 am (UTC)
It could be mange mites.

I recommend taking her to the vet.
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new_shit
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Time:2008-12-13 04:58 am (UTC)
Mange was my first thought too. It's pretty much the same thing as scabies, which are pretty awful. If natural treatments don't help soon, I'd definitely resort to unnatural treatments to get rid of them. I've worked with old people who had scabies, and it was really awful for the ones who got it bad. One guy got it so bad that he got crusty stuff on his hands. :-(

I say take her to the vet, at *least* for a diagnosis. Keep us updated! I hope your puppy feels better soon.
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Subject:Itchies: do NOT use conditioner
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Time:2009-08-15 09:12 pm (UTC)
We "rescued" a Chinese Powderpuff / Cocker mix last December. I bathed her with pet shampoo and used an organic conditioner. She could not stop scratching and biting at herself. I re-bathed her with just her pet shampoo and she was immediately fine. So her weekly baths were always conditioner-free. Sometime after that, I had broken my hand and couldn't bathe her myself so I took her to the groomer. I forgot to ask them not to use conditioner and so there we were again. She scratched all night long. We re-bathed her (no conditioner) and she felt immediate relief! Her coat is shiny and is not a problem to brush out. Conditioner = bad news!...No supplements or skin-specific food were needed in our case. I hope it might be this simple for you, too! Good luck! =)
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