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Itchy, Itchy, Scratchy, Scratchy

Riley has, in the past few months, started incessantly scratching. Our 'non-shedding' pup is leaving clumps of hair all over the house. Went so far as to purchase a iRoomba, but that only solves the cleanup, not the core issue.... the scratching.

He doesn't seem stressed, but this is really annoying - I'm sure to him as well. He primarily scratches just behind his ears but also on his core.

I purchased a special shampoo which I bathed him with today. Still scratching.

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I would take him to the vet to be checked out. That said, there is a chance that this is the result of allergies, likely to food. Your vet should be able to give you some insight on that. My cockapoo had similar, but worse symptoms and it was indeed severe food allergies. Since changing her diet and being very careful about what she eats, she's grown back all of her hair and she is healthier and happier than ever.

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Without actually knowing anything, I vote allergies. My first dog had some issues, and I switched him to a commercial raw diet and he's been fine since, but you first need to find out what he may or may not be allergic to. Just for example, I know a couple dogs who struggle with grasses. Handling that is way different than if it's a food allergy.

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Pruritus (especially in the ears) is a common side effect of many flea/heartworm preventatives. Did you just administer his monthly prevention? After you have ruled out any serious ear or skin issues from a vet check up, you might try stretching the amount of time between doses of flea meds. I know some people on the forum have success giving every 6 weeks instead of 4 weeks.

Also, chicken is a common allergen as a protein source. I am suspicious this is due to the fact that many vaccines are cultured in chick embryos and the immune system sees chicken as an antigen.

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I would see a vet after this long.
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I would see a vet after this long.
I agree. That would DEFINITELY be my starting place on an itching problem!

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My Sophie has been itching and scratching since she was about 5 months old (she's 10 now). We went to the vet who hoped it was an allergy that she would grow out of (puppies sometimes do, they can be itchy until immune system developes then it "can" go away). I tried a prescription antihistamine, daily bathing, many food changes (she is on raw now but it hasn't changed the itching at all), but nothing has helped. I am so frustrated I really did not want to have to go through allergies again like I did my last baby, it was miserable.

I was waiting to see if she would improve after the weather change (as seasonal or inhalant allergies are much more common than food allergies, although of course both can happen simultaneously which makes it even harder to figure out, so if she got better this winter would point more to seasonal allergies. But that doesn't seem to be the case.

I will be taking her back in after Christmas to see what else they might be able to suggest. I did NAET testing and treatment with my Hallie but can't really say if it helped, she still scratched. (she was allergic to 16 weeds, grasses and the winter she stopped scratching) She had immunotherapy shots every 3 weeks all of her life also, she may have been worse off them but they also didn't take the itchies away. There is Apoquel now but would hate to have to give her something like that all her life plus she can't have it until over a year old.

Unlike Riley, Sophie doesn't leave clumps of hair and her itching is mainly around her muzzle, chin and face.

Hope you find an answer for Riley too allergies and itchies are such a frustrating thing to figure out.
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