What makes dogs itch and scratch constantly other than fleas?

Question by Bobby B: What makes dogs itch and scratch constantly other than fleas?
Two male pomeranians, not related, ages six and seven years lost hand fulls of hair over several months and scratch and chew and rub their faces on pillows and rugs not to mention dragging their buts across the floor. Both receive Advantix regularly. One dogs hair is now only an inch long and the other has large patches that are bald.

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Answer by yukidomari
Food allergies is one, and those symptoms you’ve listed are pretty standard for food allergies.

Another is mites and skin worms..

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13 Responses to What makes dogs itch and scratch constantly other than fleas?

  1. Deb C says:

    Allergies. either to a componant of food or something inhaled
    like pollens from an assortmnt of trees grasses and/or flowers. Or mange is also a possibility.

  2. Ashley C says:

    Sounds like food allergies.

  3. singleworker1230 says:

    Could be mites, lice, or other parasites. Could be a food allergy or an allergy to shampoos, clothing, or plants. It could even be an allergy to the advantix. They could have a thyroid problem. Sounds like you might want to discuss this issue with your vet.

  4. Crystal says:

    Probably mange, which is burrowing mites. There are other causes like an allergic reaction to Advantix or food, but with both of them having it, it is more likely to be something contagious.

  5. Manatee Mayhem says:

    1) they could have worms – get that checked
    2) it could be mange.. my dogs got that and they got bald patches too

    the best thing would be to call the vet. they cant charge you for a phone call and you get an answer

  6. Cheryl C says:

    FOOD ALLERGIES!!! you need to a holistic diet NOW before they are completely bald…..This is an ever growing problem with many dogs of all ages and all breeds and changing their diet WILL WORK I SWEAR but please seek a professional canine nutritionist soon this sounds EXTREMELY serious. I work with over 300 dogs and of the ones that have allergies only 2 or 3 have hair loss so this does sound very serious

  7. Josie826 says:

    At the top of the list, food allergies. Are you feeding your boys a good, high qualitiy food? Sometimes the fillers that cheaper foods have in them can cause problems in dogs. I would suggest switching them to something like Innova, Wellness, Wysong, Natural Balance. Its it bit more expensive, but you don’t have to feed them as much and the trade off of beautiful, shiny healthy coats and healthy skin is well worth it.

  8. Misa M says:

    -What are you feeding them?
    -What’s in their environment that could be causing this alarming state of affairs?

  9. Valley of the Danes says:

    Dry skin, allergies, exposure to a foreign substance…

    Hmm, could be the Advantix. How long have you been using that?
    Yep, that’s probably the cause. Check out this link – http://www.dogsonly.org/Woof/toast.asp?sub=show&action=posts&fid=2&tid=29
    AND the others listed below. You might find the symptoms are identical….

    Precautions and Side Effects

    While generally safe and effective when prescribed by a veterinarian, permethrin can cause side effects in some animals.

    Permethrin should not be used in animals with known hypersensitivity or allergy to the drug.

    Permethrins should never be used in cats.

    This drug should be avoided in geriatric or very ill or weak animals.

    Homes with cats that are known to groom dogs should not use this product.

    Permethrins are recommended in dogs over 7 weeks of age.

    Adverse effects of the drug are minimal if used properly. Redness of the skin in the area of the drug application may occur.

    Dogs that lick the product may drool or vomit.

  10. mcdonoughin2008 says:

    It could be that your dogs have very dry skin, try and oatmeal shampoo. Are your pillows and rugs clean or do they smell? Because dogs like to rub their faces in smelly things. As far as the butt thing goes…it sounds like maybe they need a their anal glands extracted. Take them to the groomer and/or the vet just to make sure they’re ok!

  11. goodingmargaret says:

    Take them to the vet..You don’t want your dogs to be miserable, do you? Poor babies. You wouldn’t like it would you?

  12. gentleannie says:

    Allergies, sometimes A vet can figure it out or guide you in the right direction and sometimes a low dose of predisone(steroid) can help, but for that you have to follow the Vets directions.

  13. GreatHomes&Loans says:

    Your dog might be allergic to one or more of many things like:

    Environmental Factors
    Something in your home even though they have lived there for a long time.

    There are so many possibilities that the only way to find out is to have your vet refer you to a dermatologist to have your dogs tested. It is expensive to find out what your dogs are allergic to. The other thing you might want to do is go to Yahoo Groups and under search type in the word Pomeranian. There is also a Yahoo Group called petitpoms and another called PomForum. Also, under Yahoo Groups search for PomBSD this group will give you the answer to your questions. It is amazing the amount of information you will get from people who have owned Pomeranians for many years. Good Luck.

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