Hi, hoping someone can give me some advice:
My 16 week old Malamute puppy has been suffering itchy skin - mostly notice her scratching at night (whether because she is settled and notices the itch maybe?) - she just bites at her feet and her rump, and scratches her head with her back paw - doesn't scratch to the extent where she causes damage to her skin and there is no visible redness or signs of irritation.
I have consulted two vets. The first said that even though there were no visible fleas or flea debris on her, we should treat her with Comfortis as its meant to be the best, and that one treatment should get rid of any fleas that might be lurking. They also said if that didnt clear it up then she must be exposed to one of the irritant plants on a chart they showed me. The only plants I have is a hedge of Mock Orange trees (sort of like lily pily trees) & I can't find any information about them causing skin irritation to dogs. I also have some potted red Cordylines but these are up too high for her to gain access to them. So back to the drawing board, I consulted vet number two.
Vet number two, who is a very trusted vet who has always advised us well in the past, looked at her belly and advised she thought it was a case of mildly dry skin causing her to itch. We advised we were bathing her in Oatmeal shampoo which vet said was fine, but that we should condition her also, and start including fish oil with her meals. So we bathed her, conditioned her, used a moisturising spray which we brush through her coat after her fortnightly bath, and give her fish oil with her dinner each night. Weeks later and she's still scratching at night. Mind you, it doesn't seem to be as bad or take her anywhere near as long to settle and stop scratching as it used to, but obviously there is still something causing her to itch a bit.
My other concern is I have just read an article online where a guy said that fish oil almost killed his dog, because it diminishes vitamin E in the system, and that most human fish oil does not have sufficient Vitamin E included to offset this. I have since found a product online called Paws & Claws fish oil, specifically for animals, which has the recommended amount of Vitamin E required...does anyone use this or have any recommendations?
Also I came across another product on vetproductsdirect called Essential 6 - a spot-on treatment for skin health & hydration. I was going to give it a go but thought I would ask if anyone has used it?
If anyone has had similar itching problems with their doggie and has any ideas, please let me know