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My Puppy Chihuahua won't stop itching himself we took him to the vet and everything came out negative!

Does anyone know what could be wrong with him? He has been itching since we brought him home from the puppy shop, so I bathed him thinking it would stop but he kept scratching himself. The only thing the vet thought it could be was Ear Mites but it came out negative ..


Asked by Patron on Oct 25th 2009 in Behavior & Training
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Guest

have you bathed him? it could be an allergy to shampoo, or even an allergy to the food he's on. Did the vet check for dry skin? That could be another possible idea. Good luck


Member 899913 answered on 10/25/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Aster

Feed a decent chow and as little else as possible, seldom if ever bathe the dog, and brush it daily with a soft bristled brush. You might add a teaspoon a day of liquid cooking oil to its food.

Avoid overweight. It can cause skin problems too. Your dog definitely should be narrower at the waist than the hips and chest. You should be able to easily feel the ribs, but not see them. Each dog is different. Standard recommendations are a good place to start, but each dog must have its food adjusted to its individual needs. Here is a link to a good illustrated guide, www.longliveyourdog.com


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Juniper CGC

It is normal for puppys to have dry skin and be moderately itchy. It is unusual for young pups (not sure of your pups age) to exhibit food allergies, but it can occur. I recommend feeding a premium puppy food (premium puppy foods cannot be purchased at grocery stores or wal-mart type stores). If you want more info on food and food allergies feel free to contact me. I have a food allergy dog that exhibited symptoms as early as 3 months old. If the itching isn't severe andhe isn't breaking his skin (which can cause secondary bacterial infections) then it is likely just "puppy itch" and should get better as the pup gets older.


Juniper CGC answered on 10/25/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Maverick

I would switch her food to a different protein source and one specially formulated for sensitive skin. Mom recommends Nutros Lamb & Rice formula. It has a protein source as the first ingredient, no ground yellow corn, no chicken by-products, and no artificial colors or preservatives. It also has 3.5% linoleic acid which is scientifically proven to help improve skin and coat health. Also, remember to check the ingredients of your treats too...and not to bathe more than once every 3 weeks, that way you don't cause dry skin.

Check out the website at:
www.nutroproducts.com


Maverick answered on 10/25/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Bam-Bam, CGC

Said "mom" above that recommends Nutro did so because she works for Nutro, but she neglected to tell you about the Menadione in the food that could potentially kill your dog.

That being said, I agree with the above poster that sometimes puppies are itchy. It's rare for it to be a food issue at this age, but my mom did have a dog once that was allergic to something it's collar was made out of. Switched to a leather collar and had no problems. So perhaps your pup is just trying to get used to the collar. Another possibility is a flea allergy. Even if your dog doesn't technically "have fleas," just one flea bite can set off an insane reaction in some dogs.

I would try not to bathe your dog often, as that can dry the skin and exacerbate the problem. Is your pup just itching his ears? Or is he itchy all over?


Bam-Bam, CGC answered on 10/25/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Dieta

try feeding Orijen fish.
it may be the key.
Not sure, just think it is good for itchy coats.


Dieta answered on 10/26/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Guest

You will need corn meal or oatmeal.

Place 1/2 to 1 cup bran, oatmeal or corn meal on a cookie sheet. Place in warm oven for 5 minutes to warm the grain. Do not allow the grain to burn or to be so hot that it would be uncomfortable for your pet. Rub the grain into the fur with a towel, removing it from the cookie sheet as you use it so the remaining grain stays warm as long as possible. After you rubbed the grain into the fur brush all the grain out from the dog hair. This will work good.

Also, try a different food. I reccommend Solid Gold or Orijen Fresh Fish.


Member 824516 answered on 10/26/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


B.J., CGC

Where is he scratching?? Many, many pups spend their first week or so trying their hardest to scratch off the collar the new owner put on them!!! You would not believe how many new owners have called me about an itchy puppy and when questioned, yes, it was scratching the head and neck area. Take off the collar and voila, no more scratching!


B.J., CGC answered on 10/26/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Pamela       -    Adopted!!!!

Are there any signs of pimples or rash or scratch marks on the belly, armpits, inside back legs. chest, nose? Any hair loss? Does he seem SUPER itchy at certain times of the day, morning and evening?

If the answer is yes to these, then he may have mange. It's common for a dog under the stress of a new home to break out with a rash from mites.
As for the tests - MOST TEST ARE NEGATIVE....even when the dog has mites, the scrapings may not get a live mite. A smart Vet will treat the obvious symptoms rather than go by the tests.


Pamela - Adopted!!!! answered on 10/26/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer