Why is my Lab mix SO itchy? Help, she's hurting herself!

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  1. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 10 year old Lab mix has been itching like crazy lately! She takes 5 steps, stops, and ITCHES! She ripped out 2 of her whiskers off of one side of her face, and now there are 2 big bloody holes on the right side of her face. She also ripped a chunk of skin off right above her eye. Yesterday I noticed 2 quarter sized scabs in the same spot on her right and left sides under her ribs. I put Neosporin on her cuts, but she licked it off and rubbed it on the carpet. [​IMG] She also itches near her ears quite a lot. She has always chewed on her paws until they became raw and sore, but lately it seems to have increased. I was kind of worried about her, so I gave her a bath with oatmeal shampoo yesterday and trimmed and filed her toenails. I thought that would help her, but she seems to be itching even worse now. [​IMG] My other dog does not have any of these problems, except for the occasional itch from a bug or whatever. They get Advantage flea meds every month. I recently switched them from Purina Dog Chow (which is supposed to cause allergies) to Blue Buffalo 2 or 3 weeks ago. I think the itching was already happening before that though. [​IMG] What could possibly be causing this? We are worried the cuts will get infected. Please help!
     
  2. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    She probably has allergies. The vets have allergy shots that you give them once a month and it works wonders! I had a dog that required the shots every month.
     
  3. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are those expensive? And do you have to got to the vet every month to get them? Someone at TSC today suggested getting some dog allergy medicine from Walmart, do you think that would help? Oh yeah, and what exactly is causing the allergies? Sorry for all the questions, but she needs help!
     
  4. taraann81

    taraann81 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like allergies to me too. Both my bullies get hot spots in the summer. I have to watch for them. They go from intact skin to oozing pussy messes in a matter of hours it seems.
     
  5. taraann81

    taraann81 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any number of things could be causing allergies. Rule fleas and ear mites are out first. Don't quote me but I do believe you can give dogs benadryl...not sure of the dose though.
     
  6. chicknerd

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    When my dog developed allergies I changed the food. I had to make food for her and it worked like a charm. I have to say my MIL nagged me to change the food for YEARS and I didn't do it. After just a month on the homemade food all skin issues disappeared COMPLETELYl

    But we did go to the vet FIRST and did the allergy testing. Out of 46 items tested she tested severely allergic to 26 things, including grass. How do you tell a dog to stay off the grass???

    The vet then told me I could buy special allergy dog food, but it was VERY expensive. So we did not follow that path.

    These were our experiences, but changing the dog food made all the difference in the world.

    We now have another dog of the same breed (Great Pyr) and we started her on the homemade food from the start. For two years now, no skin issues.

    YMMV
     
  7. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if I'm up to the homemade food thing. [​IMG] Though we do think she's allergic to grass.... But like you said, how do you keep a dog out of grass! [​IMG]
     
  8. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I forgot to add, we just bought a bag of 4health dog food today because it is cheaper than Blue, but just as good. So if she is allergic to the food then I should find out if she improves. [​IMG]
     
  9. Elite Silkies

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    I live in a small town and have figured out that our Vet's are much much cheaper than others. But, the shot I had to get cost me like $10 per month. It was not very expensive at all.
     
  10. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, well maybe I will ask the vet about that. [​IMG]
     

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