Help my dog and his itching

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created November 27, 2012 at 11:52 PM

I simply can't afford to go to a vet to have them charge me a fortune for a visit so maybe someone else could help. He is constantly biting his behind because it itches and he has some scabs from doing so. It comes and goes week by week and I'm not sure what to do.

Currently I feed him standard dog food in the morning and at night. Should I change his diet?


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on November 28, 2012
at 10:53 PM

And don't forget to check his anal glands.



on November 28, 2012
at 09:52 PM

Yes, you definitely should change his diet. Let him eat BARF (bones and raw food), "Paleo for dogs". Feed him like a wolf.

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on November 28, 2012
at 12:11 AM

Short answer? Yep. Feed him crap, he's going to feel like crap. At the very least get corn and soy out of his diet, but there are also very affordable grain-free foods on the market. My old silky terrier had terrible skin and bladder issues when I inherited her and was on steroid cream and Benedryl constantly. I switched her to a whole-foods food that had cranberries in it and everything cleared up within a few weeks.


on November 28, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Get one of those cones and then try all of these answers. ^



on November 28, 2012
at 01:42 AM

REal food for dogs http://www.rawmeatybones.com/petowners/feedyourdogrmb.php raw meat and bones, not grains and cooked food


on November 29, 2012
at 04:12 AM

I fixed my dog's skin issues with Bragg's vinegar rinse, homemade oatmeal shampoo, filtered water, coconut oil (about 1tsp a day) and daily cleaning of food & water dishes (with Bragg's also) and switching to Taste of the Wild food. It's probably not considered quality enough for the other posters in this thread. But, it's probably a lot more affordable. Pound for dollar, I don't hesitate to say its the best dog food I've ever bought.

I also stopped preventative treatment of parasites. Such a crock... waste of money and it can't be good dosing your dog with poison every month.

One more thing... my dog's problems always seem to originate in the ears. When they start smelling like a rotten chooch I put him on the anti-fungal drops the vet gave me years ago. Within a week all cleared up.


on November 28, 2012
at 02:07 AM

If you care about your pet aim to feed it as you would yourself. It will save money and stress in the long term also.


on November 28, 2012
at 01:00 AM

My dog used to get this. It's hot spots, and is probably fungal. Try rinsing him regularly with a dilution of apple cider vinegar in warm water, and dry him thoroughly. Then stop by a vet for an anti fungal cream (there are some over the counter) or anti itch cream.


on November 28, 2012
at 12:23 AM

I am guessing he does not have enough fat and protein in his diet. Also, if you do not want to go to the vet, I would suggest an anti-itch cream or hot-spot treatment from a pet store, and nice soothing shampoo with tea tree oil in it. I use an all natural one that works wonders on my dog's coat and skin. I would try smaller pet stores. I find they have better products than the large conventional pet stores. Also, eliminate the soy and grains from his diet, and if you can, start implementing some raw foods into his diet. I give my dog raw bones with some raw meat and marrow on them. I buy them frozen from a small pet store. HE LOVES THEM. Plus, they work wonders on his teeth and breath.

EDIT: When my dog caught an irritant from a dog park, it made him itch really bad, which then turned into a hot spot. I used both an anti-itch cream and a hot spot spray to relieve his symptoms. The primary issue was his scratching. By him scratching, he wasn't allowing his skin to heal. I even put a t-shirt on him to help protect his back where the irritation was located. I also went to the vet and purchased a medicated shampoo. I bathed him every couple of days. Once it was healed I then purchased the tea tree oil shampoo I mentioned above.


on November 28, 2012
at 08:58 PM

My dog had hot spots, skin issues till we switched to an entirely grain free diet. We buy Orijin dog food (60 dollars for a huge bag) that lasts my two dogs at least 6 months). We don't vaccinate either. They couldn't be more happy, healthy dogs. Also they love hard boiled eggs, raw yolks, meat. We definitely don't give them any raw carbs.


on November 28, 2012
at 05:01 PM

Rubbing coconut oil on the scabs has been known to help them heal. This is a store that specializes in dogs and cats about why the recommend coconut oil for pets. I hope this helps!



on November 28, 2012
at 01:58 AM

Are you sure he doesn't have fleas? Frequent itching/biting, particularly on the low back/rump (where fleas prefer to set up camp) and tiny scabs caught in the coat are telltale signs.



on November 28, 2012
at 01:46 AM

Fleas are very paleo

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