Could dog food be making my dog itch?

we've recently adopted a german shepard/chow mix. she's 3 years old and in great health. in the past week, she's starting itching, scratching and biting herself pretty much all over. its NOT fleas, we've bathed her repeatedly (with oatmeal dog shampoo) and haven't seen a single flea.
how can we help her?!?! she seems so miserable. :( any oils, rubs, anything?


Asked by LeahJ at 12:52 AM on Nov. 12, 2008 in Pets

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  • We had to take our cat to the vet and get a Cortizone shot. It's steroids and it helps with mysterious itchiness that animals get. It costs about $60 though.

    Answer by TiffanyLove18 at 1:07 AM on Nov. 12, 2008

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  • chows can sometimes have terrible sensitive skin, try giving her a little bit of benadryl on a daily basis. it didnt work for mine, but other owners swore by it.

    Answer by JumpingHoops at 8:21 AM on Nov. 12, 2008

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  • quality dog food will have a positive effect on a pet's skin and coat, so that is one thing to consider. you can ask your vet for a recommendation on a fatty acid supplement. they usually don't require a prescription, and most vet offices will carry them. also, get a good quality brush that is soft on the skin. brushing between baths will help distribute the natural oils in the skin and coat. and don't bathe too frequently- even with good shampoo you still strip all the natural oils when you bathe her. if her skin is raw, she needs to be seen by her vet. good luck, hope she feels better soon!

    Answer by MaMaLaLa369 at 8:25 AM on Nov. 12, 2008

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  • try adding baking soda in its bath or you might have to take her to the vet she might have a skin allergy, in jack russel had a skin problem and come to find out he was allergic to flees.

    Answer by Dana522 at 10:13 AM on Nov. 12, 2008

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  • Take her to the vet. They can do an allergy test for around 200.00....the other thing is to get an allergy free food from your vets office...

    Answer by mamakirs at 1:56 PM on Nov. 12, 2008

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  • If most of her biting is causing bleeding and on the feet, it is probably the corn in her food. Most dogs are allergic to corn, yet most dog food companies have it as the first ingredient in their chow. A good food to get her is Iam's natural. No corn in it and it is meat and veggie based.

    Answer by Babylove76 at 4:36 PM on Nov. 12, 2008

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  • Commercial dog food is the number 1 cause of allergy's in dogs. If  she doesn't have fleas and isn't alergic to your carpet or other outside things, then it can be the food. Your vet or a pet store carries shampooes that will sooth the skin , with good brushing and good food. I use omega 3 in the food for my dogs. Have used fish oil also and it helps with shedding and puts back the fatty acids they need. I also use  nutro dog food. Number 1 ingred is lamb with rice. Research the dog foods, you will be amased whats out there.

    Good luck , hope she feels better soon.


    Answer by doglovergranny at 8:02 PM on Nov. 12, 2008

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  • our dog had a bad scratching problem & we changed her food & it helped her a lot. also we started bathing her with an itch relief dog shampoo. also, the benadryl helps a lot! we use it in the spring...just wrap it in some cheese!

    Answer by okmanders at 10:37 PM on Nov. 12, 2008

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  • we had been feeding her iams, but have slowly been shifting her over to Intsinct- which 100% natural, whole foods. i mean, the ingredient list is amazing! we get it at a specialty pet supply store. and the formula we feed her is grain free- no corn or fillers. also has lots of fatty and omega oils. so- maybe with a little time, that will help. thanks ladies!

    Answer by LeahJ at 11:38 PM on Nov. 12, 2008

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  • it may be alergies... it may be hot spots... sometimes with long haired animals its lice... and you don't want to bathe animals very often, it dries out their skin... it could also be another parasite like mange or something... your best bet would be to take your pup to a vet... and be careful think hard about what ppl tell you...

    Answer by starry_mom at 1:10 AM on Nov. 13, 2008

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