My dog keeps scratching herself and biting herself non stop and there isn’t any fleas?

Recently I noticed my dog has been scratching herself a lot non stop ! Day and night. She doesn’t even let me pet her or check her so I shower her soo can see but she doesn’t have any fleas or anything. I did notice some flakes on her back though, could be dandruff ? I haven’t changed her food but she’s had the same food for two years already and she just started to scratch 3 days ago. She sleeps in my room and my room is pretty clean and I haven’t been itchy so I know my room has nothing to do with it. Oh and I let her go outside everyonce in a while to the backyard. I shower her regularly as a dog needs to be. She’s a terrior by the way. Anyways what can this be ? And how do I prevent more itching and take it away? Any natural remedies just for now because right now my mom is tight on budget . Thank you

First Reply:

Answer by Keith Farmer
She could have psoriasis, a fungal infection on her skin, dry skin, or allergies.

Comments

  1. Dizzy says

    If a dog is itching a lot it could be a huge number of things. It could be allergies from food, an insect bite, or even possibly a new perfume or house chemical you’ve been using lately. So think really hard about anything that you’ve recently bought or used that could have affected your dog, and since your dog goes outside consider if anything new that has been used outside as well.

    This sounds like fleas, but it could also be dry skin. Some dogs will have dry and flaky skin that will become irritated or inflamed, and this can usually be solved by using a conditioner that has oatmeal in it. What you could also do is make sure that the nails are trimmed down as close to the quick as you can get them, and then smooth them with a finger nail file so they won’t damage the skin.

    You have a terrier, and if you have a wire coated terrier (rough hairs) you may have a breed of dog that needs to be hand stripped. This may be from hair follicles that have become plugged and need to be plucked out so look into that. But most importantly what I would recommend if you’re tight on a budget is to go to the store (I don’t know where you live) but you could buy a generic brand of Frontline Plus called Pet Armor Plus that will kill and prevent any fleas or ticks if they are on your dog. They sell Pet Armor Plus at Walmart and Sams Club at a VERY cheap price. And stop bathing your terrier so much, they don’t need a lot of baths, terriers need that oil in their coat to keep their skin healthy and well hydrated, this may be because you’ve washed your dog too much. I hope this helps and I hope your dog get’s better!

  2. Arg says

    Try to find a dog shampoo with oils in it, or you could use baby oil soap/shampoo. If it gets really bad take her to a vet they’ll give you some special shampoo or something.

  3. Cupcake <3 says

    Try bathing her in warm water & blue Dawn dish soap. This will kill any fleas – trust me, they’re difficult to see sometimes, especially if she won’t let you really inspect her. Another option, bring her to the vet. My dog was doing the same thing but it was neurological, nothing was actually wrong with him or his skin. They gave me prednisone & there’s been no scratching since!

  4. Shelby says

    My dogs often have the same problem and the skin will become dry. I’ve given both of them Benadryl when the itching becomes unbearable for them and even becomes difficult for them to sleep. Just be careful not to give them too much at once.

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  6. Thumper says

    The most common reasons for skin issues (i.e. itching, skin irritation, hair loss, etc.) include:

    - Allergic reactions to flea bites, food/treats, grooming or house-cleaning products, etc.
    - Mites
    - Fungal/Bacterial infections (ringworm, yeast, staph etc.)
    - Steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called ‘allergy shot’)

    Scratching opens the door to skin infections.

    ALLERGIES

    For sensitive dogs just one flea can cause havoc. Even if not visible, you can always see the debris fleas leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If placed in water, they will turn red.

    You can get rid of the fleas with natural methods to avoid exposure to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will cause harm sooner or later. For recommendations see http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where your dog roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html
    and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

    The dog’s digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Discontinue any food/treat with corn, wheat, etc. Get ones with no grains and with meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc. If possible, raw meat diet is best http://www.healthypetjournal.com/default.aspx?tabid=19116

    Discontinue use of grooming or house cleaning products that can be allergens. For a while, use white vinegar as the cleaning agent for your floors, counters, etc. Vinegar has strong cleaning and antiseptic properties and the smell disappears quickly after use. See http://www.vinegarworkswonders.com/faqs.asp

    MITES

    Three types of mites attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

    Avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals which will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend the use of natural products. Search the Internet to find them. I prefer the spray type treatment which is effective, easy to use, and inexpensive that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

    STEROID USE

    As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states – “Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin…” Please read the information below: ‘Steroids The Great Pretender – Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble’.
    http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

    Many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including skin problems.

    SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

    For many skin issues I recommend a powder called ‘Flowers of Sulfur’ (also known as ‘brimstone’ or ‘sublime sulfur’).

    This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop within a few days. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

    Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mv_session_id=eDEGJydw&mp=s&s=Sulfur%2C+USP+Grade

    Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet’s skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

    You can dust this powder and rub on your dog’s skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin.
    The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

    Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. This method works well for smaller skin areas. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.