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Posted by: maxine | 2004/11/29

Itching Dogs

WE HAVE A SPANIEL AND A BOERBULL, THEY ARE FOR EVER SCRATCHING, WE HAVE CHECKED THEM FOR FLEA'S AND TICKS BUT HAVE FOUND NONE, WE HAVE TRIED ALL KINDS OF DOGGY SHAMPOO FROM THE PET SHOPS THINKING THEIR SKIN DRY BUT NOPE STILL SCRATCHING, WE HAVE EVEN CHANGED THEIR DOG FOOD (PELLETS).

ANY SUGGESTIONS AS TO WHAT MIGHT BE CAUSING THE ITCHING? THEY GET REALLY FRUSTRATED ITCHING SO MUCH AND WE REALLY DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO NEXT :(

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Please read many of my previous replies within the Cybervet archives. Please do a search using keywords such as itch and allergy.

Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
Cape Town

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Posted by: Chill | 2004/11/30

Take them to the vet to be diagnosed.

It's usually not a good idea to be messing around with all sorts of soaps and detergents and shampoos - very often you will end up worse off.

Itching can be caused by many things: fleas, mange, allergy or sensitivity to something in their diet. However, if both of them have the problem, then perhaps that tends to eliminate the allergy bit... Try adding a little oil to their food - not much, just a tablespoon or so per day. But get a professional to make sure they don't have mange: it's easy to diagnose under a microscope, the treatment is very effective, and also if they're treated, you aren't going to get it either.

(I'm not kidding... the mite that causes mange can live on humans, but luckily they can't complete their lifecycle on us which means the problem is self-limiting. However, if your dogs do have it, you could get re-infected repeatedly.)

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