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Author Topic: Determining WHY YOUR BICHON IS SCRATCHING  (Read 30224 times)
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« on: October 16, 2007, 10:40:50 AM »

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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2007, 11:39:50 AM »

Thank you Del!
That list will come in so handy for itchy fluffers.  nodding
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2007, 12:53:48 PM »

Good symptom chart,Del for handy reference very concise!  thumbup Thanks for posting it!
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2007, 04:56:29 PM »

clapping What a great list Del!!! rock .... Buddy is having some  Don't Get It excessive scratching that I am currently trying to thinking figure out!  crazy  This information is very nodding helpfulbouquet
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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2007, 07:32:10 PM »

For Oliver, scratching almost always means he has picked up a flea - I think there are a lot of them in our area and if I miss his flea medicine (Frontline Plus) by just a few days he starts to scratch.  Just one flea can cause havoc.  I recently spoke with my vet about the medicine because it didn't seem to me it was lasting a month and she told me that putting it on every three weeks would be fine.  So I am now noting the dates on my calendar and hoping to stop his periodic bouts of scratching and biting.  We also determined he was allergic to grains when he was a baby.

Thanks Del for the good info.

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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2007, 07:40:51 PM »

Thank You Del  Hug for the info ... Mollie shakes her head and scratches her ears a bit (I've checked but seen nothing  unsure )  I'll have to give her a good check ... Bonnie scratches a bit but I figured that was normal  unsure  She also nuzzles but I've checked and there is nothing to see ... I'm giving them a nice pamper day this weekend so when I'm brushing I'll give them a good thorough search  nodding
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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2007, 09:10:07 PM »

Thank you Del!  thumbup
This list is very helpful. Behr has been scratching but a can't find and fleas or ticks.
All those little spider like flea things scarried me a bit though. scared
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« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2007, 06:02:18 PM »

Thanks for this Del - very useful!  In fact, it's so helpful that I think perhaps it would be a good candidate for becoming a "sticky" eyebrows
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« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2007, 06:18:04 PM »

Thanks for this Del - very useful!  In fact, it's so helpful that I think perhaps it would be a good candidate for becoming a "sticky" eyebrows

I agree with you Natalie! rock ... consider it done!  sorcerer
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« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2009, 11:00:01 PM »

Jake could be allergic to me???? Oh no, what can be done for that? It never occured to me that my baby could be allergic to me(my dander) before No
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« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2011, 06:23:21 PM »

Pauly just came back from the vet with a $235.00 bill only for her to tell me that it was bugs bites. Now..this exact same outbreak happened last year to the day! In the exact same places (front and rear bottom of paws and on his side). Now she says he also has an ear infection but shows no signs of this at all. I questioned that rather then just treating what was going on, lets try to find out WHY this happens at the extact same time every year. No answer...no help. I am beside myself at the condition of my poor guy who now has a halo on to allow the bites to heal. 5 meds plus a topical cream.
Do not misunderstand me, I do not care how much the bill was or what I have to do to help him. But to tell me that it is from bug bites is just crazy. The same bug came back from last year?? lol
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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2012, 07:06:50 AM »

Warm compress on allergy related itchiness is the best way to lessen the itch. Cutting the nails is also a way in preventing injuries and secondary infections.
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« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2014, 03:27:26 AM »

Hi everyone fairly new to this forum. I've got a 6mth old bichon named Zoe. We are battling an allergy which we haven't identified yet. So far we have had two hotspots one behind the ear the next under her chin. We have tried hypoallergenic royal canin but I was unhappy to have her on this as have researched that it's not so good for dogs especially puppies. So I am now trying raw food green lamb tripe by k9 natural. She does seem better and her hotspot was ok so I took her Elizabethan collar off and put her normal nylon collar back on. And the itching seemed to start again coincidence? Or not? So I decided to Google and see if dogs are allergic to either nylon or metal (which is on collar and name tag and also when I got her as a puppy got metal water and feed bowls). And it appears some are so what do u all think the chances are? Any feedback greatly appreciated :-)
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« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2014, 05:39:51 AM »

It would probably be best to start a new thread under health as more people will see it then.

Its horrible when they are itchy.Abby became allergic to things when she was 6.We had allergy testing done and lamb was one of the things she was allergic to.It can be anything.Its hard to pin point what is causing the problems.

Allergy testing is the easiest,but expensive.Exclusion diets are the other.I'd try a ceramic bowl and maybe just put her collar on when you go out.If she is itchy with the lamb then you could try chicken.

The problem is lots of foods don't have a single protein source.Lamb could have some beef in it or anything else too although the flavour is lamb.

You need to check with the manufacturer to see if they will give you a straight answer.I'm in the UK and use Burns and they do only use a single protein type.

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« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2014, 06:17:36 AM »

Thanks Alison, it is pure lamb that I have been put her on. No other ingredients in it besides some fruit and vege. Yes that's exactly what I've done taken her collar off and will only use her harness for walks. And taken her food out of the metal bowls. I checked with her breeder and she had ceramic bowls for all the puppies(no metal) and none of the other puppies have any allergies. I will post later to let you know of progress as this may help someone else. Next option will be allergy testing but have been told it's not that accurate. Sorry wasn't sure how to start a new thread
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« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2014, 06:23:30 AM »

We found allergy testing really helpful.This is the link to the thread where I posted her results.


http://bichon.ca/forum/index.php/topic,23021.0.html


I hope you manage to get it all under control soon.
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« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2014, 09:27:34 AM »

Allergies are a tough one as there are so many variables that can cause reactions. My Luigi had a rough 1st year with allergies and then he flared again the spring/summer he was 2 years. Most of his flares were itching and rash and then he developed yeast from all the licking and scratching.  He has been been fine now for the past 2 and a half years. Actually neither of my fluffs hardly scratch at all now where as before they seemed always to have an itch.
Allergies flare when the immune system can't take on anymore allergens, so then it reacts. Keeping the immune system strong and the allergens at a minimum helps keep a balance. Allergens can come from all directions it doesn't necessarily have to be food. It could be a combination of foods and seasonal allergens such as grass, weeds, dust mites from the carpet, it could even be your laundry soap.  It is hard trying to eliminate everything your puppy comes in contact with.
Personally I feel vaccines compromise the immune system so after my pups had finished their initial jabs and their 18 month booster I choose to only titer test. When I did give inoculations to Lia I made sure they were give far apart from each other and only what was necessary, unfortunately I wasn't so on the ball with Luigi and he is my pup that reacts to jabs.
Good luck, hopefully you pup will outgrow the itching.
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« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2014, 05:04:00 PM »

Thanks Lin I have got her on a probiotic for her immune system so hopefully something will work soon. I'm also hoping perhaps she might outgrow whatever it is. I am getting her spayed on Friday so I am wondering if I could get her allergy tested at the same time while she is under anesthetic?????
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« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2014, 06:25:31 PM »

I'm sure they could do the bloods the same time.good luck for Friday.Alison
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« Reply #20 on: July 21, 2014, 06:46:39 PM »

Thanks Allison, been putting it off but Zoe's nearly 6 months now so best get it over and done with
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