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    My 4 month old puppy is constantly scratching, biting and licking himself, usually his legs, tummy and around his backside.
    He has welts and grazes all along his tummy from the scratching and he has a few bald patches here and there as well, but mainly on his back.
    When we bought him, he was riddled with fleas - it took a good month before we'd gotten them completely under control. Since then, we havent had anymore flea dramas but he's still scratching.
    He's an inside dog, and only goes out to go to the toilet. Due to him being inside, we vacuum every day and change his bedding every 2 days.
    Does anyone have any idea as to what could be causing this.... its upsetting seeing him scratch constantly

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    Poor little pooch, it not only drives them crazy, but it drives the owner crazy too

    First thing, do you use a good monthly flea guard (revoloution, advantix ect)?
    This will kill all the fleas, larvae and eggs as just one flea bite can send a dog into a scratching frenzy.

    Another thing, what do you feed him? The supermarket tin and dry foods aren't very good for our pets as they have lots of stuff in it that is no good for them and can cause allergies. I highly reccomend a quality dry food diet

    I have a little dog and I fed him on the supermarket stuff (when I didn't know any better) and spent all his time scratching and chewing at himself..once I put him on quality dry food only (with bones for treats) his scratching has completely gone!!

    Also, Alloveen shampoo is excellent for dogs with itchy skin..I bath my little dog once a week with it.

    Hope some of this helps

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    Ohhh my little girl Mischa is doing the same thing!! She eats Eukanuba and for treats has bones & liver treats - the vet seems to think it may be an airborne allergy....she had a short-acting cortisone shot yesterday (her 1st birthday) and is on some antibiotics to try & treat the infection so we'll see how we go.

    Going to give Alloveen a whirl as well but it's just awful to see her tummy & armpits (best way I can describe it!!) almost red raw with the licking and scratching. She gets a bit welty on one of her back legs as well so trying to calm it all down.

    On another note, it's monthly flea/worm etc time and she HATES Drontal. Used to take it no probs but has now wised up to the taste - can anyone recommend any alternatives?

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    I personally wouldn't allow anyone giving my dogs shots of who knows what without taking an allergy test in a first place.

    Secondly, have you checked your dog's anal glands? And what does she eat? She might be allergic to substances in the food (trust me, Eukanuba is not all that great), dog foods are full of aditives, colourings and are mostly filled with grain (wheat, rice, soy) and potatoes. Dogs of today are becoming more and more intolerant towards foods we love to feed them There are some good dog foods on the market. Anyways, check out this site Dog Food Analysis - Reviews of kibble and it will be clearer. Foods that are usually sold as premium and superpremium like Hills, Eukanuba, Royal Canine are in fact really not all that great.

    And, giving Drontal on a monthly basis is too often in my opinion. It should be given every 3-4 months as a prevention. Unless there is a new product that I never heard of and it's made to be given monthly.
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    #*@* !!! i just spent ages posting a reply and it dissapeared

    Sorry, the same thing happened yesterday...I will have to come back to this, i am out of time.

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    Hi Miss Mara,

    The first point of call for you to address your puppies needs is your vet....and i would suggest this as first priority.

    There are a number of things that could be behind the allergy.

    Flea allergy is common amongst dogs who have been heavily infected with fleas. I usually treat this with twice weekly Malaseb baths where the dog is lathered up and the shampoo left on for twenty minutes, then rinse and repeat (you dont need to wait for the second shampoo) your puppy will also possibly need some cortisone to help his skin recover and difuse the allergy. It will also make him much more comfortable immediately.

    Other possibilities/factors may be his diet, an allergic reaction to a plant, grass, just about anything. He may simply have sensative skin, or a combination of any of these.

    A trip to your vet will address your puppies needs and you will all be feeling much better soon. Believe me it is money well spent, a consultaion with your vet will be around $45. I am not sure how well you know your vet but he may be happy to give you an account...Maleseb shampoo is about $27 a bottle though your vet may be able to give you a smaller amount which is cheaper.
    Maleseb is a brilliant shampoo for skin problems. I wash all the poundies in it when they arrive, do their feet with it rinse and then use alloveen to finish.

    Be careful what products you use on him, and make sure his bedding is washed in a washing power for sensative skin.

    I hope this helps, please let us know how you go

    Out of interest where did you buy your puppy? and what breed is he?

    Love to see a photo!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy View Post
    #*@* !!! i just spent ages posting a reply and it dissapeared

    Sorry, the same thing happened yesterday...I will have to come back to this, i am out of time.

    B
    Thank god for copying and pasting!!!

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    Take him to the vet ASAP it could be a number of things including fleas and mites. He may also be allergic to something around your yard but as there are so many possibilities to what is causing it, its hard to pin point exactly.

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    Our staffy was suddenly doing exactly the same was what you described - bald patches and all - when we spoke to the vet we were told allergy, most likely grass (definately most likely grass - he loves long grass, he loves running through it, diving through it, rolling through it - grass is my new nightmare), and was put on antibiotics to get rid off it, and some balm to put on it. the Vet also recommended Alloveen which has Aloe vera and oatmeal, but as it was expensive we got something similar from the supermarket. So far so good....and the shampoo is wonderful - you can really see the difference.
    The vet also recommended small doses of oily fish like sardines, small doses though as it can be fattening, as this is creates a natural barrier for the skin against allergies.
    Also we had been using tea tree shampoo up until then as we thought it would be good for his skin- apparently tea tree is not so good for dogs as it is humans.
    the vet said that allergies can be seasonal, and gave me the impression that it's common..... so far his skin is settled, but is still diving through the grass aargghh!!

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    There are alot of dogs having allergic reactions because it is so dry
    Anti histamines can help
    Polaramine - but ask your vet which one
    Personally i would steer clear of putting my pup on cortisone which is what the vet usually wants to do to get the itching under control.
    I would also look at what you are feeding, but would probably try an antihistamine first and see how you go.
    Love your dog the BEST you can TODAY because they could be GONE TOMORROW

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