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How much scratching is common for a 6 month old puppy? Sophie scratches more than I think she should. Mainly her head/neck, behind her ears....rubs at her nose area sometimes also. Not fleas, skin looks healthy. I know it's hard to tell just by this but would like to know if puppy's do/can have an itchy spell. I will be changing her protein to see if it makes a difference. My last girl Hallie was an allergy girl and it was miserable hoping not to have to go through that again.
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I can only tell you that Pixel is 6 months old too, and doesn't itch. OTOH, Kodi didn't itch at that age either. He did develop an early intolerance to beef, but that was obvious as he got poopy butt after any exposure to beef products. His allergies started after a bad reaction to his 3 year Rabies booster (at 4 years old). He now gets itchy from dairy, beef or fish, and also has environmental allergies to grasses. fortunatwly his allergies are pretty easy to deal with, as long as I watch his diet. When he has itchies from grass (especially wet grass) I give him Benadryl.


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Thanks Karen! I didn't think this itching could be normal but was hoping it might be a puppy thing. I hate allergies, my Hallie had immunotherapy shots every three weeks all of her life but it didn't manage them that well. We also did NAET testing and treatments every 2-3 weeks (2 hour drive each way) but I can't say I saw any big difference with that either. At least they have apoquel now but I really had hoped to not have an allergy dog this time around the breeder said he has never had skin issues in his line and he's been breeding something like 30 years. It would be my luck.
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Thanks Karen! I didn't think this itching could be normal but was hoping it might be a puppy thing. I hate allergies, my Hallie had immunotherapy shots every three weeks all of her life but it didn't manage them that well. We also did NAET testing and treatments every 2-3 weeks (2 hour drive each way) but I can't say I saw any big difference with that either. At least they have apoquel now but I really had hoped to not have an allergy dog this time around the breeder said he has never had skin issues in his line and he's been breeding something like 30 years. It would be my luck.
In Kodi's case, I strongly suspect over vaccinating him as a puppy, when I didn't know what I know now (and in fairness, the problem wasn't as widely recognized) is what triggered Kodi's allergies. My breeder doesn't see a lot of allergies in her lines either, but we KNOW that Havanese are a vaccine/chemical sensitive breed.

I'm just very glad that Kodi's allergies are quite manageable, and I'm being VERY careful to keep Pixel's vaccines to the minimum that is safe. She just had her Rabies shot on the last day that it is legal to give it in our state (6 months) and I made sure I pre-treated her with Lyssin, and she has had Lyssin and Thuja daily for the 4 days since. (there seem to be mixed feelings over whether Thuja will help with Rabies vaccine, but it can't possibly hurt! So I've done all I can, and I know she HAD to have the shot. Other than Rabies, she had two rounds of Distemper/Parvo ONLY. (on other vaccines in the combo) She be titered from now on for everything but Rabies. I do that with Kodi too, but I allowed my old vets office to give him a slew of vaccines when he was a puppy. I did insist that they separate them... even then I knew enough to do that. But, when I look back, there were far too many.


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Mine scratched a lot as a young pup and it turned out she had a lot of ear hair and back to back yeast infections in both ears.
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Jean Dodds ..."Question: Are there any methods to stop the potential side effects of vaccine reactions?
Answer: You can pre-treat dogs with the oral homeopathics, Thuja and Lyssin, to help blunt any adverse effects of the rabies vaccine. For other vaccines, just Thuja is needed. These homeopathics can be given the day before, the day of, and the day after the vaccine. Some product protocols suggest a different regimen for them.

I've been lucky with Molly ,she has had no allergies. I think the crap in many foods is a large culpit. Raw fed dogs seem to do so much better.

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Willow scratches quite a bit around the shoulders too. I think it might be from her harness and collar though. I hope it's not allergies. When she is not wearing the harness she seems to be less bothered. She loves to have her back and shoulders scratched though.



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Emmie is not a big scratcher; she's fed a commercial raw diet instead of kibble.

Dee Dee - have you tried the NutriScan salivary test? If not, I recommend you check it out as it's helped a number of people identity food intolerances or sensitivities for their dogs and cats. Good luck figuring this out for Sophie.

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Emmie is not a big scratcher; she's fed a commercial raw diet instead of kibble.

Dee Dee - have you tried the NutriScan salivary test? If not, I recommend you check it out as it's helped a number of people identity food intolerances or sensitivities for their dogs and cats. Good luck figuring this out for Sophie.
Yes, that's what we did to pinpoint Kodi's dairy and fish intolerance. (the beef had always been obvious)


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When he has itchies from grass (especially wet grass) I give him Benadryl.
Karen, what dose, amount, and do you use human brand Benadryl? Ricky gets itchy paws from wet grass. Every morning we wash his paws after his walkies which helps a lot.

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