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i just got a puppy last week and shes always biting and scrathing her...

lower back almost tail area. we kept checking for fleas and we never found any. Her skin is flaky and theres a few scabs and she just seems uncomfortable. so we took her to the vet and the vet said he saw one flea and to put her on advantage. we did. Shes still doing the same thing though biting and chewing at herself. How long should it take for the advantage to kill the fleas. its been 3 days now. What could i do to help her iritated skin?

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Asked by masonsmommy921 at 10:13 AM on Apr. 27, 2009 in Pets

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  • You can ask a vet but you also can get some medicated shampoo and try it. My friend had the same problem and did the bath and he felt better.

    Answer by Korysmom96 at 10:14 AM on Apr. 27, 2009

  • maybe she has hotspots. call the vet again and tell them she is still doing it.

    Answer by jodi205 at 10:15 AM on Apr. 27, 2009

  • my mom has always used frontline and that works. give your dog a bath and use a little bit of baby oil in the water. and use a dab of conditioner after you shampoo. and at her neck spray frontline. and since your dog has had fleas in the house now they are in your house. you probably need to set off some bombs or spray front line all around your baseboards and in the carpet.

    Answer by 2wndrfl_btrflys at 10:19 AM on Apr. 27, 2009

  • We had a dog like that for a while and took him to the vet. The vet thought it was fleas, but a few weeks later the problem still hadn't cleared up. It ended up being mange. But my best friend has a dog with skin allergies to grass, and she has to give him benadryl (sp?) every day, so you might ask the vet about that, too.

    Answer by ajguinn at 10:25 AM on Apr. 27, 2009

  • Mange. What a fun little disease in puppies.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:26 AM on Apr. 27, 2009

  • My dog has dry skin and we have to break a capsle of fish oil on his food. Try the generic from walmart and try it once a day or everyother day for awhile.

    Answer by ria7 at 10:29 AM on Apr. 27, 2009

  • my dog had dry skin and she did that chewing too. I tried the fish oil but she didnt like it so i would put 1 raw egg over her food a few times a week and it worked like doggy conditioner.

    Answer by Kennadismom at 1:23 PM on Apr. 27, 2009

  • The answer to the dry skin and itchies is Salmon oil and NuVET Vitamins...NuVET is a allergy blaster and skin healer ... Salmon oil is also a skin and coat healer.

    YOU can find Pure salmon oil at most pet stores...or even try 1 teaspoon of Pure olive oil added to her food each day.

    NuVET Wafers or Powder - please call in and tell them Pet Nurse Marie wants you to take the 60 day trial /They offer a 60 day money back guarantee on this Natural and safe product..

    NuVET is at 1-800-474-7044  ( not sold in stores / Thru HOLISTIC vets) - and the manufacturer - give order code 81098 and ask for the 60 count bottle for the 60 day trial.


    Answer by nuvetmarie at 3:32 PM on Apr. 27, 2009

  • We have a pit bull who is doing the exact same thing, we called the vet and the vet said she is lacking omega 3 fatty acids and that she needs fish oil and probably another medication, we are taking her in on Friday to see what they say.

    Answer by allybear2008 at 5:31 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • Ok, most people (and many vets) will insist it's fleas or something else. Try changing her food. If her food has corn in it, change it to something WITHOUT corn as most dogs are allergic to it (and, it has no nutritional value, it's used as a filler.) A really great food is California Natural which is made by Natura. They also make Innova, Healthwise, and Evo. We had our dog on Science Diet when we got him, and he was constantly itchy. Turns out, he was allergic to the food. Switched him to California Natural and within a few weeks, his skin and coat had improved 100%! Yes, the food is pricey, but you don't feed as much of it since they don't use by-products, corn or other fillers. We actually save money by feeding more expensive food.

    Answer by SarahLeeMorgan at 7:15 PM on Apr. 29, 2009

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