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    For over a week, our girl has been scratching a lot. First we thought it might have been fleas as she visited a friend's house and was due for a new flea tablet. But after a week of being flea free she's still scratching as if she had fleas (which she doesn't, I've throughly checked her fur). No ticks or any other irritants that would cause it either. I noticed what looked like dry skin caught in the fur on her back so I washed her with a sensitive skin shampoo and conditioner today but she's still scratching (and nibbling her legs).

    The only thing that we've changed with her recently is her shampoo before Christmas (the Our Dog brand) and this week for wet food I've been giving her some 4 legs natural food. Would either of these things cause her to scratch so often?

    Any suggestions to relieve her itching would be much appreciated.

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    I would give her a wash in an antifungal & then apply Advote because it gets lic & mites too which cause scrathching but you can't see them.
    If she is still itching change her to a bland diet, chicken mince, porrage or rice(some dogs get hot spots on rice, mine don't), mashed mixed veg, a teaspoon virgin olive oil, a teasppoon of saltbush leaves & a sprinkling of Chia. I add an egg twice a week as well. Raw chicken carcess or wings/necks & other raw bones fot teeth health approx 3 to 4 times a week.
    I am not a vet but this is what I do with dogs that come to me with skin conitions or excessive scratching & rubbing on things. It dose not always work with the dogs with immunity skin problems or the really bad allergy dogs but I have had a good success rate with it.
    But if none of this works you may need some steroid cream/injection if it's allergies.

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    It could be lots of things.

    Your dog could be allergic to something in the new food.
    Your dog could be allergic to something in the environment eg a grass pollen or mites or cape weed or wandering dew or something else. Ie your dog rolls in or rubs against something which causes an itch that won't go away for days (think mozzie bites - actually it could be mozzies too), and then gets exposed again, so continuous itching.

    Or it could be a skin infection that would need a visit to the vet and antibiotics.

    Or your dog could just be too hot and getting hives. Or a fungal infection like tinea, or hot spots from being hot and damp for too long. This would be likely in a place that is hot and wet for extended periods of time.

    Does she have a cool dry place to be?

    I think what Crazy dog recommended might be a good start but if it's been around for 10 days and not gone away - then you want to go to the vet for an accurate diagnosis rather than just guessing. Although the vet might say the same as Crazydog. Antifungal wash then Anti mite and lice spot on and change the diet to something bland. And I would add - make sure the dog is cool and dry. Not hot and steamed.

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    totally agree if it dosn't clear up see a vet................
    nothing worse is there than being itchy........
    my whole household pets & poeple got birdlice when we first moved into this house, nearly drove us all nuts.....................
    thank god it's all a thing of the past & after much patching up of the eves so the Minor birds couldn't nest in our roof space.........................

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    Thanks so much for the suggestions. Would a shampoo for itching be good or should I look around to buy an anti fungal shampoo (or are they pretty much the same?).

    Getting too hot isn't an issue as she spends most of her time indoors with us. She's only been itching for 5 days so i'll see if an anti fungal/stop itching shampoo helps before we take her to a vet next week.

    I thought it might have been an insect bite too but she likes to scratch in multiple places (she nibbles her back leg/s, scratches her head and has started licking between her legs, she seems to have an itchy back near her tail too). There's no visual signs on her skin that show irritation other than it being red after she itches/nibbles.

    Will just have to see how the anti fungal/itch shampoo goes.

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    Well anti fungals should stop the itch & kill any nasty yeast skin infections but a straight anit itch isn't always an anti fungal, if that makes sence.
    Mites can cause excessive itching but no signs of irritable skin for the first week or so of infestation.
    Good luck with it..............

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    Normal shampoo can actually make it worse - too much washing depletes the natural oils in a dog's coat.

    So if you're going to wash to see if it sorts the itching - try the anti fungal first.

    A trip to the beach and a nice swim in salt water followed by a hose off with tap water might also help.

    Mozzies can get very enthusiastic, they don't just bite in one place.

    For further info
    Dog Yeast Infection

    It only covers itches caused by yeasts and fungus - with some home remedies to try. It doesn't cover itches caused by mites (which are very hard for a person with excellent eyesight to see) and other things.

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    Thanks for that link. She has the skin irritation that it mentions (Itchy skin or feet, Licking paws, genital or vaginal area, Itchy mouth, throat, face, Rubbing nose) but doesn't have anything else and hasn't had/done anything in the causes list. I'll still get her an antifungal shampoo if she keeps itching but she seems to have stopped itching as much after I washed her with the sensitive shampoo and sensitive coat treatment (thought that might help when I thought it might have been dry skin).

    It might just be overwashing as you mentioned. We got into a habit of washing her about once a week and I think that "Our Dog" shampoo that I mentioned is a bit harsh on her skin and fur (probably why it's so cheap). I can't get down to a pet supply shop to buy the antifungal until Tuesday anyway so i'll just have to watch her tomorrow.

    I hope it's not mites or an infection and just a case of dry skin due to overwashing, bad shampoo and the hot weather lately.

    Will try and talk my bf's mum into taking her to the vet on Wednesday if she hasn't improved. I hate seeing her so itchy

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    I wash my dog with johnsons and johnsons baby shampoon and conditioner 2in1 - shock horror - but only when she gets a bit smelly. Which might be once a month or two.

    After the beach - which we do once or twice a week - I just hose her off until she's not sandy or salty any more.

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    It seems like how often to bathe a dog really varies! I just googled how often to bathe a Lab and some say once a week while others say no more than 4 or 5 times a year! I think i've probably been washing her too much :P I just like her to smell all clean and pretty since she likes to take naps on our bed.

    My bf ran her a bubble bath once...complete with my Radox muscle soak and scented candles -_-

    I think as long as whatever you use isn't too drying then there shouldn't be any problems, I remember with Westies you're meant to wash them once every 3 months with the laundry liquid you use to wash woolen clothes :P

    She's hardly itched at all today thankfully I hope this means her skin isn't as irritated and she's not just ignoring it.

    Edited on Monday: She's scratching again Will be buying the antifungal shampoo tomorrow for sure now.
    Last edited by MissTeaAddict; 01-10-2011 at 12:12 PM.

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