Joined: Sep 27, 2005 Posts: 234 Location: southern New Jersey
Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 2:18 am Post subject: scratching like crazy help!!!!
Hi All, My poor Biffle has this itch problem on his hind quarters...He does not have fleas, we give him oatmeal baths, and just rocks back and forth and crys cause he really cannot get to his itch, he even comes to me to scratch it for him but I never seem to be able to quite find it..Does anyone know if Benedryl will help him/hurt him, or is there something else i can try...He does not scratch anywhere else on his body, just his hind quarters...thanks Bonnie
Joined: May 17, 2006 Posts: 2573 Location: South Central, Ontario
Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:14 am Post subject:
Bonnie Benedryl may help Biffle if the itching is a result of allergies. Have you spoken to the vet about his itching? Is the skin dry or are you maybe over bathing him. I am bumping this hoping that someone with more experience can help you.
_____ Joyce - Momma to Maxx
(Forever in my heart my precious Max who runs free at the bridge 07-2012)
There are a number of things it could be. They include worms (if he's scooting and scratching at the rear), environmental allergies, and maybe food allergies. I would talk to your vet but the standard dose of benedryl is 1/2-1 mg/lb and the adult tabs are 25 mg. I switched to raw diet and that certainly helps but you should be feeding a high quality food with no corn or soy and a novel protein (such as duck or rabbit) fo 4-6 weeks to rule out food allergies. You might try only bathing once every 4 weeks or so with a hypoallergenic shampoo.
Cleo gets itchy on her hind quarters and it's seasonal allergies. Last year I used a steroid, but I don't like steriods, so she's on a prescription antihestimine this year. It's helped quite a bit, but not 100%.
My dog is having a similar issue, but only its with the underside of his front paws. He has allergies and takes antihistamines everyday, but they do not help 100%. Lately, he has been biting at his front paws and has been licking them...the licking and biting has made them red and irritated. I feel so bad for him, but I don't know what else to do other than continue giving him his medicine and try to keep him from licking his front paws. About 4 months ago I changed his food to a cheaper brand, but I think I'm going to change back to the more expensive kind to see if that helps his allergies improve at all. Good luck with your dog and finding something to relieve his itching!!
Joined: Aug 14, 2007 Posts: 92 Location: Hinsdale, New Hampshire
Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 3:46 pm Post subject:
one of my pugs has allergies.....it was awful trying to figure out the triggers. he would chew on his paws, and the insides of his back legs got really red and "crusty". he also lost some hair on his chest. we did benadryl/prednisone for a while...which did help, but i hated having him on steroids so much. after about 6 months of this, we opted for blood allergy testing. this of course was after multiple skin scrapings, and ruling out fleas, mange, etc. the bloodwork was about $400, very pricey, but we finally have a happy, itch free pug. the testing determined 16 trees/grasses/molds/housedust that he is moderately to severely allergic to...for these, he gets monthly allergy shots to help him feel better. it also determined food stuff he's allergic to: wheat, beef, barley, alfalfa, green peas, and white potatoes. i have to say i'm so happy we did the testing....i never would have figured out all that food stuff on my own....and i didn't even know there was alfalfa in lots of dog foods! we feed them pinnacle trout and sweet potato formula, and found treats they can have as well. food stuff is avoidance, which is hard. every now and then he has a flare up, but we've been doing shots for 1.5 years, and only had him on benadryl 3 times in that time, and prednisone for like 7 days....HUGE improvement....though it's funny in our house when i cook.....if i'm cooking peas and one hits the floor, it's me against the pugs to get it so dunkin doesn't eat it! *sigh* the things we do for our pugs!
My advice, chat with your vet to see if it's allergies....the testing is quite expensive, but we had gone other routes, and to me, it was money well spent! good luck!
Sometimes when Dory (our oldest Pug) has clogged up anal glands, she gets itchy and scoots her bottom on the ground. More recently, she's had trouble with bug bites on her little butt so she itches those, but Cortaid does the trick for that (and she's too stout to reach it to lick it off).
Carmen, our youngest, simply has sensitive skin so we mix Sensitive Skin food in with a little light food to keep her from getting fat... it really seems to help. It very well could be allergies, though.
See what your vet says.
Aw, I know EXACTLY what you are going thru, my baby Roxie, itches so much on her back that sometime it gets bloody, I got some stuff from the vet but it didn't seem to help. We recently moved from East Texas to the Texas Panhandle, and that helped in fact it just about stpped it all together. When we went back to East Texas and were there for about two weeks for our wedding, it started all over again. So now I am battling this all over again. This time the medicing is not working. The vet just wants to give me steroids for her, but I refuse b/c I had a friend who had a pug die from being on steroids. Bio-Groom Natural Oatmeal Anit-Itch Soothing Shampoo and some Creme Rinse Conditioner works for a short time. When it is a real bad attack I give her childrens Benadryl. However that knocks her out so I have to be careful. I am hoping that this winter it gets better, because the heat also makes this problem worse.
Joined: Sep 19, 2007 Posts: 3519 Location: Tidewater Virginia
Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:09 pm Post subject:
We recently moved from East Texas to the Texas Panhandle, and that helped in fact it just about stpped it all together. When we went back to East Texas and were there for about two weeks for our wedding, it started all over again
This makes me think that your Roxie could have outdoor allergies. For example, she may be allergic to some tree or pollen that grows in east Texas, but not the panhandle. One of my dogs has an outdoor allergy. We swim a lot which helps rinse off the pollen. Maybe you could rinse your dog off instead of bathing. Too much bathing can make them itchy, too.
Petunia (allergic one) did really well on Gold Bond powder. There's also a cream that might be more useful on paws. Not a large investment and you can't really overdose them on it.
Neither of my girls even yawns when I give them Benadryl, but I wonder if reducing the dose would help your dog? Check with your vet on that one, though.
You may also want to consider dietary changes to help with itchiness. I started my girls on cod liver oil and brewer's yeast with garlic. Their general itchiness is greatly reduced, even with swimming in chlorinated water.
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