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Old 11-28-2010, 03:23 AM
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Bryco has kind of always been an itchy dog. We saw a dramatic decrease of the itching when we switched him off of kibbled food, but he's still itchy now. Mostly, he's scratching at the backs of his ears?? He is NOT chewing or biting at his feet/paws at all. Just itching at his ears.

We just had all the carpets in the house cleaned a week ago to see if it'd help, using "green", eco/pet friendly products. No improvement.

Because he is itching his ears so much, his ear fringe isn't growing in the way I'd like it to, he literally is scratching some of the fur off of them.

Is it possible it could be psycological?

For the past month I have kept him strictly on raw foods, to see if it is THK causing it, or something in THK, but there hasn't been any improvement, so I don't think its anything in that. It really doesn't seem like a food allergy but maybe it is?

We also swapped the detergent we wash their stuff in to one of the gentle, scent free, baby free/clear ones. No improvement. We did that maybe 2 months ago?

His only treats he gets are single ingredient treats or now he's getting some Stella & Chewy's carnivore crunch...

I really can't figure out what it is... sometimes it seems like he's just bored and wants a good scratch?????

He is not bathed very often, so, I don't think its that, and his shampoos are soap/dye free/scent free. I've tried using an oatmeal medicated one to see if it calms him down but no luck. Its seriously driving me nuts, because he scratches and scratches and will cause some scabbing. Otherwise he seems healthy and happy but ugh...why could he be so itchy? is there something I'm missing?
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Old 11-28-2010, 03:25 AM
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Edited to add...it's been driving me so nuts I've been giving him benadryl almost daily, but that really doesn't seem to cut down on the itching he does??
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Old 11-28-2010, 03:29 AM
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We sometimes get the itchy scratchies. Matilda has been digging at her mouth/face today. I've noticed it happens more when I add in salmon oil for whatever reason. Today however, I think it's because I gave them a left over burger this morning forgetting I had added Worcester sauce! Oops!! Too much salt I've noticed makes them itch a bit more. So when we feed sardines or mackerel we always get a bit of itching. Don't feed it so much anymore because of that.

They don't scratch so much it causes scabbing though. I'm guessing you are but are you good about the chicken you feed not being enhanced at all? Could be that. Or maybe a slight allergy to one of the protiens in his diet or in THK? Not sure how much could be habit...
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We sometimes get the itchy scratchies. Matilda has been digging at her mouth/face today. I've noticed it happens more when I add in salmon oil for whatever reason. Today however, I think it's because I gave them a left over burger this morning forgetting I had added Worcester sauce! Oops!! Too much salt I've noticed makes them itch a bit more. So when we feed sardines or mackerel we always get a bit of itching. Don't feed it so much anymore because of that.

They don't scratch so much it causes scabbing though. I'm guessing you are but are you good about the chicken you feed not being enhanced at all? Could be that. Or maybe a slight allergy to one of the protiens in his diet or in THK? Not sure how much could be habit...
I've been really careful to use no enhanced meats...and had been using the anchovy oil for him instead of salmon to see if possibly that were the cause, but it doesn't seem to be. I am sooo confused. They haven't had anything salty at all, and gosh, when he wakes up, he needs like a good 20 min itch session before he settles down. It drives me absolutely crazy.

So I figured it might be THK which is why he hasn't had any for 1 month, but the itching's still the same BAH!
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Aw sorry, Kristi. I know only too well how frustrating this can be having had this problem in the past. Both Pip and Roo have completely stopped itching since I put them on grain free formulas of THK. So happy about that. It really sounds like you have everything covered so I'm clueless myself. Do you still use the Tropiclean products? The water one and so forth? Could it possibly be something in that? (Although I know you've used it for ages) How about dry heat? I remember last Winter Pip and Roo started to itch more when I started having the heat on, they tend to want to lie right near the vents. I now use 2 humidifiers and that helps a lot. I hope you're able to sort it.
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So I figured it might be THK which is why he hasn't had any for 1 month, but the itching's still the same BAH!
Yeah, I really don't think it could he THK since you've stopped it and fed him raw for the last month.
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Paula its driving me absolutely batty! I bought some topical itch relief spray that's natural/holistic tonight at the pet shop to try putting on his ears, but I wonder if it could be an ear infection or trouble possibly?

There is NO smell/discharge/wax buildup in his ears, but still he goes at them. He's always been a little nutty haha but this is ridiculous.

I do still use the water formula but really there is so little in it, Idk...?? I also think maybe it could be some of the "crap" in the toothpaste I use, or maybe Petzlife...but again, it just would seem odd he's only going at his ears. :-/ For awhile he went bonkers getting at the spot where his microchip was which is why it moved, I think. I sort of wonder if this is still just after effects of vaccines he's had...hate to think it might be, but really, I have tried just about everything and am really unsure. I'm going to take him to the vet next week to get his ears checked, b'c its odd.

It is VERY dry here, so,...maybe the delicate skin on the backs of his ears is bothered by the dryness. Its so dry my friends almost always get nosebleeds/cracked hands/feet when they visit The other 3 are all fine though, like I pretty much never see them itch!!

I was SURE it was the grains in Keen but low and behold, 1 month of no THK and no change whatsever in the itchies
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I was going to mention dry skin! I am suuuper sensitive to dryness. I get bloody noses pretty much all winter, it sucks.

Have you tried using something to add more moisture? Humidifiers?

Edit: Also wanted to add that if he has a slight sensitivity to something in the food, I think it may take more than 1 mth to see symptoms stop completely, wouldn't it? Altho, with what you feed I bet it's just dry.
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