Sinatra was an old dog. POld dogs tend to suffer with itchy dry skin more then younger dogs. PI had been giving him a bath with too much flea shampoo and he was itching like crazy. PHe was on a flea medication but was still scratching. PI had resorted to putting an E-collar on him to keep him from chewing on himself. P Then one day I took him out in
and his bottom, where he had been biting and itching, got soaked in sea water. PWe went home and lo and behold he didnt bite at himself. PAfter that, whenever he started to itch, I would take him down to the ocean and give him a sea water bath. PEpsom salt mixed with water also seemed to work, but not as well as ocean water. P OCEAN WATER THE MIRACLE CURE FOR ITCHY DOGS! P See more discussion about this in.
No flea dirt? The problem may be tougher to diagnose, but can definitely be solved. Other common causes of excessive scratching include: Mange: If she seems to itch so badly that she cannot even sleep, you need to consider mange. The most common type of mange is sarcoptic mange, which can also affect people. (You might notice small, itchy bites around your waist. ) You will have to take her in for a diagnosis by a veterinarian, but there are several good alternative therapies you can try. The other type of mange, demodectic mange, does not cause the intense itching that is seen with sarcoptic mange. With demodectic mange, you will notice hair loss which is sometimes accompanied by a secondary bacterial infection and mild to moderate itching.
Contact Allergies: If she licks and chews at her feet all of the time, there is a good chance she has a contact allergy. Contact allergies to a food dish will cause the dog to have redness and itching around the mouth, and contact allergies to a shampoo will make the dog itchy wherever the shampoo is used. Contact allergies are a lot less common than fleas or mange, but if you want to try and rule out this problem, you need to get rid of everything that the dog comes into contact with. Once the trigger is identified, the problem can be solved. Food Allergies: If she itches all over, has swollen ears and GI issues, she may have food allergies.
Several types of food can cause allergies, and the only way to find out which ingredient is triggering the allergy is by eliminating all of the potential allergens and feeding something totally new. It is not sufficient to just switch brands of commercial kibble since many of them use the same fillers and the dog may continue to have problems. Once a good diet is found, you can keep the dog on that food or start adding the old components back in slowly until you have found out what she is allergic to. (This is called a challenge diet. ) Environmental Allergies: Allergies to environmental allergens (pollens from trees, grass, weeds, etc. ) will also cause dogs to itch.
Dogs with inhalant allergies might present with problems the same time every year, or the allergen might be something in the house and cause year-round problems. The only way to find out what is causing the problem is by allergy testing. The results are not very reliable, but it is the only test available. Fungal and Bacterial Infections: Itching and scratching may not be the main signs you notice when your dog has a fungal or bacterial infection. The itching may be pretty mild compared to the hair loss and the nasty smell. The dog might have patches of infected skin (hot spots) or have a generalized infection.