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Question by me
Submitted on 11/10/2003
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my dog is about 3 years old since I've had the dog she has had a problem with itching her self to the point where she will bleed and even stop eating. I took her to the vet and he could not pin point the reason why she was itching.I've tried every thing from changing her food to flee meds and nothing has worked.The vet put her on predisone and that stopped the itching but now the vet said that he will not keep her on that because it's not very good for her.So now I am stuck and don't know what to do.I really don't want to put her to sleep. A friend told me that fish oil may help. Does any one know if fish oil would help?

Answer by Carol
Submitted on 12/9/2003
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My dog was itching till he bleed, and my husband was talking about putting him to sleep.  My vet also used steriod shots, dips, and pills while they seem to work at first they soon made him worse. After many vet visits with no cure in sight I was told to see a dog dermitoligist.  I didn't know they even existed.  Took me three months to get an appointment, and two hours to get to her office, but she worked through the problem with me over the phone after that.  My dog grew his hair back and is doing great with minimal scratcing.  Good Luck.


Answer by Rai
Submitted on 2/2/2004
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I went through the itching problem with my lhasa also and found out that I can only use Johnson & Johnson hypoallergenic baby shampoo on her, and wash everything she touches like her bed, towels, blankets she lays on, clothes she wears with it as well.  If she gets on a blanket that has been washed in laundry detergent or fabric softener she will break out.  I put her in the tub and do a vinegar & water rinse to nutrilize the allergen on her skin, give her benedryl liquid and use hydrocortisone (if the skin isn't broken) or triple action antibiotic cream with a pain reliever if the skin is broken until she is healed.  This system works well especially if you catch it early and are vigalent.


Answer by devo
Submitted on 3/14/2004
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help please! my dog has been constantly licking and chewing his rear for the last three months and the vet does not no any way to help him get better. What are your ideas?


Answer by Brian
Submitted on 6/16/2004
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I dont see how anyone could live with the choice of putting one to sleep..A dear sweet pet!...Come on what kind of idiot would do that because of itching or anything that can possibly be corrected!


Answer by Elise
Submitted on 5/2/2005
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my jack russell/lhasa mix has the same problem ...shes pulling the hair out of her rear end..she'll itch for HOURS non-stop, until she finally exhausts herself and lays down...she sleeps in my bed so its hard to sleep sometimes, she wont stop moving. if anyone gets the answer to this one...please let ME know what i can do


Answer by jolene
Submitted on 1/3/2006
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i want to know if you can use baby shampoo on a dog for a bath??????????????????????????  please answer soon


Answer by Jodster
Submitted on 3/24/2006
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I agree with Brian, put your 3 year old dog down because its itching thats pathetic? Anyway my dog is doing the same thing 2 year old german shepard, Steroids help temporarily & the dog dermatologist is outrageously priced. Any ideas?


Answer by Patty
Submitted on 4/20/2006
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EVERYONE PLEASE TRY SULPHUR TABLETS - GIVEN DAILY WILL STOP ITCHING/SCRATCHING.  Can be purchased from chemists everywhere or from Weleda, Ilkeston,Derbyshire.UK.   IT REALLY DOES WORK!


Answer by shrum
Submitted on 11/5/2006
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i have two dogs that are part poodle and chiuwawa and the have been itching for so long now and i have tried everything to shampoos,the vets , flea collars , everything and they still itching like crazy and its keeping me up at night i need to know if anyone knows about "zima dips" it was used years ago but i cant find it
           ill still keep trying anything
   please help


Answer by Lee
Submitted on 12/21/2006
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Why do you assume that choice is the cruel one? (euthanasia)

Our dog is so, so sick w/this itching--we've been to every doctor, tried everything to no avail.  Our dog is MISERABLE and we can not find a cure.  She suffers!  Just imagine itching your entire body, until you bleed, all day/everyday.  I am trying to convince my husband it's more humane to euthanize our dog.


Answer by pet lover
Submitted on 5/27/2007
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I have a Border Collie that has been to several vets, including a dermatologist. We have given her the run of allergy shots, special shampoos, steroids, diets, flea control. NOTHING has helped. We love her so much but now she is 45% bald and she won't stop itching. We've tried Benedryl and all of the other things I've read all over the internet. I don't want to put her down but she is miserable. I've even tried the Dinovite, nothing!


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