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Old 08-05-2018, 12:21 AM
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My 1 year old chihuahua terrier is scratching herself raw, please help !

I have a 1 year old female chihuahua terrier named Dottie, and she constantly scratches. She did have fleas, but we’ve given her baths and taken them off by hand and killing them and we haven’t seen any since, but she’s been scratching and gnawing at herself so bad lately she’s almost scratched off her nipples. She scratches a lot around her belly but also on her neck and around the base of her tail but i never see any fleas when I check. Please help before she really hurts herself! I’ve attached photos of what she’s done to herself
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Any number of things could be causing that, take her to a vet.
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It could be allergies, from either food, environmental or fleas. Just because you don't see fleas doesn't mean there aren't none. It only takes one to wreak havoc, especially if the dog is really allergic. Flea bites are also like mosquito bites, in that the itching and irritation lasts after the bite.
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I would be very suspicious that she still has fleas. Talk to your Vet, he or she can provide medication to relieve the itching, and check her for fleas, then recommend something for flea prevention. As already said, if they are allergic to flea bites, the itching can persist for a week or more.
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yeah because of the part where you say its at the base of the tail & back of the neck- this would indicate fleas or mites. They go there as its where the dog cant reach. Mites look like dancing sand, very hard to see, lift mats & check under. wash her bedding, do a treatment on your carpet. Also fleas & mites can breed in your vacuum cleaner & crawl back out! so dispose of the bag. Fleas are becoming resistant to products, so you could try some natural products like teatree oil. Its great in a bath or added to her shampoo. Be very careful about the amount you use only a tiny dab on th back of the neck evry couple weeks or once a month & my dogs never had a flea or mite problem. If you have cats they could be bringing fleas in & passing them on everyday.Aloe veras good for those really sore bits. Make sure her wormings up to date.
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yeah because of the part where you say its at the base of the tail & back of the neck- this would indicate fleas or mites. They go there as its where the dog cant reach. Mites look like dancing sand, very hard to see, lift mats & check under. wash her bedding, do a treatment on your carpet. Also fleas & mites can breed in your vacuum cleaner & crawl back out! so dispose of the bag. Fleas are becoming resistant to products, so you could try some natural products like teatree oil. Its great in a bath or added to her shampoo. Be very careful about the amount you use only a tiny dab on th back of the neck evry couple weeks or once a month & my dogs never had a flea or mite problem. If you have cats they could be bringing fleas in & passing them on everyday.Aloe veras good for those really sore bits. Make sure her wormings up to date.
Tea tree oil can be toxic to dogs, be careful of how you use it and always dilute it before use.

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I did say to be very careful about the amount used & to add it to shampoo bath etc, maybe I was specific enough as to what a tiny dab is, so thank you for the add on. Yes tiny & in relation to a tiny dog, be extra careful. Diluting & rinsing properly is essential. Put it mixed where the dog cant lick it off, (that is why I said the back of the neck) but I would like to say my dog has had NO bad reaction to it as I have used it safely. She hoons around the house after her bath with a big grin on her face, & has flown through all her health checks. She has lovely skin except for 1 episode which was identified by the vet as wandering due exposure. She never has tummy upsets or goes off her food, whilst other people I know are dosing their dogs with these other expensive flea treatments, of which I am wary of (full of chemicals) & having itchy dogs that are unwell. (I cant help but wonder if the two could be related) I just dont see the point in buying a product that doesnt work. Plus not to mention tea tree is a fraction of the cost!! We dont have ticks to worry about where I live.
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I did say to be very careful about the amount used & to add it to shampoo bath etc, maybe I was specific enough as to what a tiny dab is, so thank you for the add on. Yes tiny & in relation to a tiny dog, be extra careful. Diluting & rinsing properly is essential. Put it mixed where the dog cant lick it off, (that is why I said the back of the neck) but I would like to say my dog has had NO bad reaction to it as I have used it safely. She hoons around the house after her bath with a big grin on her face, & has flown through all her health checks. She has lovely skin except for 1 episode which was identified by the vet as wandering due exposure. She never has tummy upsets or goes off her food, whilst other people I know are dosing their dogs with these other expensive flea treatments, of which I am wary of (full of chemicals) & having itchy dogs that are unwell. (I cant help but wonder if the two could be related) I just dont see the point in buying a product that doesnt work. Plus not to mention tea tree is a fraction of the cost!! We dont have ticks to worry about where I live.
I agree tea tree oil can be incredibly helpful for so many things, I've just learned the hard way to be very specific about stuff that can also cause problems. The links I included state the amount to use basically no more then 1% of whatever it's being mixed into.
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