My Pit/Blue Heeler, Nyla, has had a skin infection for almost 4 months. It is on her neck, vulva, stomach, inner leg, armpits, and under her eyes. She came back from a 2 week stay with a dog sitter with a very bad flea infestation. It took 2 months to cure. Right after that she started to lick and bite to the point of blood. Only when she licks I can see puss blisters. I believe the infection started from her backside, seeing how she jumps up as if something is biting her.
I took her to the vet ($300), they gave her antibacterial shampoo and spray, steroids, and antibiotics. For a week her skin started clearing up and fur started to grow, but after that the progression stopped. The medicine never stopped the itching so I bought a funnel for her. Then someone told me about apple cider, vinegar, peroxide, and water mix. I put it on her and I started to see mild visible red spots. The next day I tried again and one minute later for the first time I felt hot spots and her ears were hot. I don't know if it was the mix, or the infection itself fighting against the mix. I'm scared to keep using the mix. I'm at my wits end seeing her suffer. I need help please! Thanks in advance.
*Have you returned to your vet for a recheck and other possible treatment - important to do so?
My friend recently got her first dog, Suzy, a rescue dog. Suzy has had to wear a cone most of the time that my friend has had her because she will bite and lick herself raw if she doesn't have the cone on.
She is on two types of flea medication, uses hypo-allergenic shampoo and is on a restricted diet. She has also been taken into the vet, where they gave her a cortisone shot.
Anybody have any ideas of what is causes her to do this? My friend is at her wits end and doesn't know what else to do.
By Stellabell from Manchester, WA
In August, my dog started itching like crazy. Her sister was itching, too, but not as badly. She scratched a bald spot on herself. I bathed both of them, could not find any fleas, and then the itching subsided somewhat.
I took her and her sister to the vet. Several tests were run, they all came out negative, no mites, no fleas, no indication that her intestines had the wrong bacterial flora, and no pancreatitis.
Has anyone had this happen? The vet put her on a steroid and fish oil. I'm confused by this, I just don't get it.
By Carol from SouthBend, IN
My dog Chelsea is 9 months old. She is a chocolate Lab. She started itching about a month ago and I really wish I knew why. She bites her stomach around her belly button and now it's all pink and broken open and nasty looking. She also bites around her privates and it looks gross there too. I don't feed her anything unusual so I don't think it's that. I found one flea on her, but I'm pretty sure she is not infested. I bathe her with oatmeal flea shampoo and use the stuff you put on their neck. And if it was fleas, she would have been itching earlier. This started like a month ago. I'm just confused. I guess another vet visit is coming! Someone help haha.
I have a 4 year old dog. She is part Shih Tzu and part Yorkie. I have been putting virgin olive oil mixed in with her food. I use 1/2 teaspoon to one cup of food. I keep her groomed and clean. They have changed her food thinking she is allergic to the food. She still scratches and she also gnaws at her feet. She does not have fleas. I have given her Benadryl, but it only makes her sleepy. Please help.
By Brenda L.
I have adopted a toy breed mutt, 5yrs old. She is constantly itching, scratching, and biting herself. There are no hot spots or sores, it is almost like a habit that she just constantly does. There is also no evidence of fleas or food allergies. Any suggestions to alleviate the itchiness?
I have a 4 year old Pit. Recently she has started scratching herself to the point to where she's bled and has sores under her sides and eyes. It not fleas or mange. We don't have the money for a vet, but would really appreciate some help with the itching until we can take her in.
How do I help my Chihuahua to stop itching?
By Carolyn from Spokane, WA
My English bulldog was treated for every type of skin irritation in the book. She frequently had infections that required medication-sprays, pills, special shampoo-on and on. One fortunate day for Daisy and me, we saw a new vet in the practice. He suggested we try to approach her skin condition as a food allergy. We changed her food and she has not had any more problems. She eats Iams for sensitive skin and looks wonderful. No more constant itching and scratching. I hope you find your solution. We were just very lucky.
I have a two year old Chihuahua/Yorkie mix. She has been itching and biting her legs and under her stomach. I have taken her to the vet, but he only gives her steroids. It lasts for 2/3 months and she gets it again. I can not afford to continue to keep taking her back. It's costly. What can I do to relieve her from that itching. I've used anti-itch cream, Benadryl, and tea tree oil. What else can I try?
My dog has fleas. I gave him a flea bath, but he is still very itchy. What home remedy could I give him to help relieve his itch? The poor thing can hardly sleep.
I just visited my niece who has a rather large, medium-length haired dachshund/lab mix with a severe skin condition. The poor dog just bites and rolls around making agonizing sounds trying to relieve his itches. Parts of his leg and back are just raw.
My niece has had him tested for allergies (he's allergic to grasses, weeds, flowers, pretty much everything outside), and the only suggested relief was that he go on steroids. She's afraid to do that because of the effect on his liver, kidneys, etc.
She's also tried many over-the-counter remedies from pet stores, did research on the Internet, and has asked everyone she knows. Nothing seems to help. ThriftyFun readers, does anyone have some suggestions? We would really appreciate any thoughts. He's such a love, and sure an "unusual" looking dog!
Can I give Benadryl to my 3 month old Yorkie terrier for itchy skin? And if so, how much?
Two different vets told me my Labrador mix has a staph infection. She has been on antibiotics 3 times to no avail. I give her yogurt, grain free dry food, make green bean, carrot, pea, and chicken mix and give her probiotics every day. My vet put her on thyroid meds as he says she has problems. She has scabby, smelly sores on her back. I have used several different shampoos, sprayed her with lavender and witch hazel spray and she still stinks like a dead animal. I am at the end of my rope and don't know what to do about the smell and the staph. Oh and I put pure coconut oil on the sores and it did not help. Thank you for your time.
I want to mix baking soda with water to spray on my dogs paws. I have read that this will help to relieve itch. How much water and how much baking soda do I use?
By Lisa B.
Our 3 1/2 year old English Lab has had skin and yeast infections continuously for at least a year or more.
In the summer it is especially bad. He's in the pool all week and the lake all weekend. The areas that hold the moisture best (i.e. neck folds, genitals, and between his toes) are the worst. Each time he scratches the odor is intensified. He reeks.
The vet has given us steroids, antihistamines, antibiotics, creams, and pills of all sorts. We have seen little to no improvement. Any improvement from treatments lasts until the antibiotics are finished.
Furthermore, the skin on his neck has reached a blackened color and he continually has ear infections. Other areas such as his genitals and paws are red from irritation. Keeping him out of the water doesn't help a whole lot - in the winter, the problem persists despite his inaccessibility to water.
The otherwise blissfully happy Lab is clearly in discomfort and he smells awful. He itches and scratches relentlessly and I hate to see him so uncomfortable. Any suggestions?
By Lindsey C
My dag is a one year old Chihuahua/Poodle. She mainly has the hair of a Poodle. She got really matted so I finally took her to get groomed. They had to shave her almost to her skin. As soon as I brought her home I noticed she wouldn't stop itching. I thought maybe she had a reaction to the shampoo they used on her so I rinsed her off. Few days later I noticed she had licked her private area raw. And she scratched her head so much she has marks all in her ears too. I try putting on coconut oil, but she just licks it off and it doesn't seem to be helping. She doesn't have fleas and it's not her dog food she was fine before the grooming.
What could it be? Dry skin?
And what can help? Any good home remedies?
My friend's dog Ginger is a mixed Lab and has a very bad itching problem on her lower back and it is spreading to her tail and other areas. She does have problems with fleas occasionally, but even when we get rid of those she chews herself like crazy. We think it has to do with dry skin, but aren't sure. How do we get the itching to stop using a home remedy because we can't afford the vet right now? The fleas come and go, but if there is any way to get them gone for good also please let us know. Thank you.
I have a 1 year Yorkie, she is my baby, and she itching all the time. At this time I am using a hydrocortisone lotion, but it's been more then 8 weeks and she is still itching. She sleeps with us and I don't sleep well because of that and she doesn't either. I also took her to the vet. She gave her some pills, but still she itches. Can you please help me out?
By Sonia A
We have a rescue Chiwennie that we love dearly. Our problem with her is she licks and chews her feet and pads until they are infected and smell horrible. I know she itches, the vet gives her steroid shots, however, they wear off before she can have another shot to relieve her distress. He thinks she is allergic to grass.
What can I do to help her "naturally"? (no drugs) I do bathe her in a special shampoo that is supposed to relieve itching, that helps some. Any suggestions from the pet lover community? Thanks.
By missysmom from Nokomis, AL
My 2 year old Husky is itching all over and he is chewing hot spot-like areas in the places he can reach. He is also shaking his head often, as if there is something in his ears. There is no rash and no signs of fleas. He had a tick about 3 months ago, so we treated him with a squeeze on formula, 2 times now, on the back of his neck. And last but not least, he is shedding a lot more than normal. Unfortunatley I can't afford a vet right now, but I've tried Zyrtec, 1 a day and hot spot spray which both helped a little bit, however, he is starting to cry, I think because he's frustrated. I feel so helpless, and would appreciate advice.
I have 2 dogs, an 8 year old Shepherd mix and a 5 year old Beagle. Every summer they both start scratching and chewing. They don't have fleas or ticks. In the winter they don't have any problems, no scratching or chewing. They have access to the yard any time they want to go out (dog door). The itching is driving them nuts and me too. My Shepherd mix will chew her butt so badly that she has scabs. My Beagle chews and pulls out some of her hair on her sides, she also licks her feet a lot. It is not their food, they eat the same thing year round. What can I do to help them?
I have a two year old Pomeranian. Last year at this time he broke out in hot spots all under belly and bad in pits of legs. Went on a vegetarian dog food. We did tons of meds from vet by mouth and shampoos and sprays. He lost almost all of his hair underneath.
It finally went away and now same time as last year it's back. He scratches it till it bleeds. Tons on speckled red splotches everywhere. Under his neck is the worst. Help please.
By Lisa M.
Is the Skin Eze spray toxic to my dog?
I have a 8 year old black Lab and she has a very itchy back (just above her tail). Her skin is fine and she has no fleas or worm. Does anyone know what it could be or know how to help her?