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Old 05-01-2017, 11:20 PM
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Dog consistent scratching and licking

For the past few months our dog started scratching and licking. She is scratching only her sides and licking near her bottom area, the inside of her upper back legs. We have used revolution a flea treatment, used a spray around the house made to kill fleas, which has not stopped the behavior. Tried Benedryl which has not shown to change anything. Have tried switching to a grain free food (taste of the wild) and it hasn't changed her behavior. I don't really see any dead/dry skin really, kinda hard to tell so I haven't ruled that out yet even though we have bathed her in a dog shampoo made for dry itchy skin relief. I have tried even using Apple Cider vinager in the last few days, applied to her skin, and that hasn't changed anything. Any ideas would be appreciated. She is 4 years old and about 27 pounds and her fur type is kinda fluffy, so not short haired.
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Also I thought I should also mention she is spayed and up to date on all shots to help rule anything out.
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Maybe it's from all the unnecessary vaccinations she's getting. Do research on overvaccinating a dog. Does way more harm than good.
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I had a similar problem with my doxie. We thought he was having a food allergy, so I started cooking his meals. After literal years of trying to figure out the problem, we found out that he's sensitive to grass. He's on Apoquel and 1/4 of a Benadryl. Your pup could be experiencing something similar, maybe an environmental allergy. Have you considered allergy testing?
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Maybe it's from all the unnecessary vaccinations she's getting. Do research on overvaccinating a dog. Does way more harm than good.
Do you have any research or studies that you could share with us to backup that statement?

It's more likely that the itching is caused by some sort of allergy (environmental or food). Of course there could be other causes for a pet to itch, but if the itching is not localized to a specific area, and fleas have been ruled out, then a generalized allergy would be the next option to explore. Since there was no food change before the issue started, it would make me lean more towards environmental issues vs. a food issue. Personally I would have an environmental allergy test done. They can be quite pricey, but from what I've seen with our patients and owners that have had the test done, they've been happy with the results and their pets have mostly improved. Knowing what the pets were allergic to helped their owners prevent exposure, and in the cases where exposure couldn't be prevented it helped them recognize the triggers and better maintain the allergy issues.
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Most likely an allergy and I would suspect that environmental factors are stirring things up. The fact that your dog is four years old and that you have not had this problem before suggests that it might not be a food allergy however there are many dogs that have food sensitivities that don't become clinical until they get a blast of allergens from seasonal environmental sources. Combine the two together and you have the intense itching dog. You might play around with the food, focusing on single protein diets and trying to reduce the source of carbohydrates. Benadryl has limited effects for the dog unless you dose them at high levels and then they want to sleep all the time.

Some natural remedies that might help are nettles and quercitin. Both of these affect levels of histamine release and hopefully will help relieve the symptoms. I like to use an oatmeal conditioner on these dogs as it is very soothing for the itchy skin. Mix it, apply it and leave it on to dry.

Yes, the food you feed is a contributing factor and yes, over-vaccinating has been linked to immune-imbalance leading to allergies in pets. Good luck.
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i was worried that my pup was also constantly licking and scratching. thought it was the food but it wasn't. took them to the vet and the vet can only check the skin. There were no issues.

all dogs scratch more than you want them to, so i guess don't assess them from a human standard. If you don't see any red spots or skin issues, then i wouldn't worry much about it.

I think my pup (still a pup!) is still scratching but honestly as long as she's not waking up to scratch or scratching for minutes and minutes im just gonna let her be. Once she seemed to be focused on her back leg, so we checked and there was a few ants. I didn't check properly after our normal walk. So just do the normal checks properly.

if you're worried, then just make sure you apply the right shampoo, give them omega 3, and regularly check and clean their ears. Also, you can play with them or let them play with other dogs and see if she still scratches a lot. If they are really itchy, then i think they may even stop playing because it's really itchy. Otherwise they will be more focused on playing and eating.
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My dog Jaya has a summertime allergy. It took me a few seasons to figure out that it wasn't her food, or parasites. What you describe your dog doing with the licking and scratching is how it starts with Jaya every spring after the snow is gone.

I tried various treatments, including Benedryl, tea tree oil, coconut oil, special shampoos, etc. I even fed her colostrum for 1/2 a year to see if that would help her body deal with the allergens. I had read that it can work with about 20 percent of the time...it was a low percentage, but to me, worth giving it a try and it wouldn't hurt her none.

The other issue I had with Jaya is that she's mostly a feral dog, she's terrified of humans, and handling her really stresses her out, so giving her treatments of salve for her wounds from the scratching and stuff that might keep the itching down...it just stressed her out even more.

It finally came down to my vet giving her a steroid shot.

The first one only gave her relief for a week, and my vet suggested one more and she adjusted the dosage and that time Jaya was able to make it through about 1/2 the summer without being miserable with the itching.

Prior to the shots, Jaya had actually dug holes into her rib cage and the sides of her muzzle with the scratching and licked the spaces between her toes raw.

I don't really like the steroid shots, but feel they are a necessary evil. About a day after the shot, Jaya stops scratching and stops looking like she's just in utter misery from the itching she had been dealing with.

I am hoping to be able to afford another treatment for her soon. With my vet, the total cost will be about $350.00

From what she told me about it, what she will do is take a blood sample from Jaya, send it in for analysis. Then the company can make a serum from Jaya's own blood that is given to the dog by mouth drops about 3 times a day. The serum is suppose to build the dogs ability up to fight the allergic reaction to what ever pollen(s) that is triggering things.

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