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Itchy Puppy - help!

My 4 year old girl has been scratching herself raw recently. She is scratching mostly in her chest/stomach area (where she can reach) but I don't see any significant signs of dry skin or other ailments that may be bothering her. The scratching started right around the time it started to get cold but I'm not sure if that is a coincidence or a cause. I've tried rubbing olive oil on the affected spots but that hasn't seemed to help much.

1. Any ideas on what might be causing the itching?
2. What other remedies (besides Olive Oil) can I try for general dryness?
3. Any suggested strategies for limiting the damage she's doing to herself by scratching so incessantly?

Thanks so much!
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what do you feed her and how often do you bathe her? do you give her any sort of fish oil supplements?
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We feed her Acana dry dog food - mix up the flavors + 1 raw egg a day. Bathe every couple of months and wipe down as needed in between with dog wipes.

Have not tried fish oil supplements yet - what kind do you use?
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I would definitely put her on fish oil. But, I also know that environmental allergens to household things like dust and mold can really get worse in the winter when we all close up our houses in cold areas. It's possible she has an allergy to something in the house.


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Have you changed anything in the house recently--using a different laundry detergent? Using fabric softener--or a different brand of fabric softener. New carpeting? Had the carpet professionally cleaned? Did they put on one of the products that is supposed to repel dirt?

All of this kind of stuff can be something your dog is sensitive to or downright allergic to. Cold weather is dryer--sometimes something as simple as a couple of water containers around the house will raise the humidity (I remember my grandmothers house always had a pan of water on one of the out of the way registers--I used to regularly spill it--that got me yelled at by everyone).

I'd definitely start fish oil--I use capsules which I buy at Costco--a bottle of 400 is still under $10 and they have it on sale about three times a year for $6 or $7. I prefer the capsules to liquid--they are less messy and once opened the liquids oxidize quite quickly and are not as effective.

But along with this stuff I'd also check in with my vet and make sure she isn't harboring some sort of skin parasite and get her checked to see if she has scratched herself so much that she now has a skin infection. If that's the case she may need antibiotics to clear the infection before she'll heal.

And finally Meadowcat is right on about environmental allergens being much more present in houses that are closed up in cold weather. Mold and dust mites (natures little cleaner uppers of skin, dander etc) both are culprits when it comes to activating allergies.
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fish oil helped us with itching as well!
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I agree with allergens in the air, few dogs in the park are sneezing and having some allergies since the cold wind blows. Here we add coconut oil on dogs meals which help on dry skin as well as on tummy problems.

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