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Please help!! - Constantly itchy

Discussion in 'Doberman Puppies' started by L7weenie, Jul 6, 2019.

  1. L7weenie

    L7weenie New Member

    My puppy is non stop itching, he is on a prescription diet right now so I can't put anything in his food or give him anything at the moment. Is there something I can put on him to give him some kind of relief? I feel so bad for him! He is a fawn as well.

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  2. My2Girls

    My2Girls Notable member

    Sorry to hear about your pups itching? How old is your puppy? And why is he on a prescription diet? Is it because of the itching or something else?
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  3. L7weenie

    L7weenie New Member

    He'll be 9 weeks on Monday. He had hook worms super bad, so he's on the prescription diet to settle his stomach and to get him so nutrients. Which is why I don't want to mess with his food or give him anything. I'm assuming the constant itching is from him having the worms and having dry skin.
  4. Oh Little Oji

    Oh Little Oji Formerly Tad Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    Wow, so young! I feel sorry for the wee guy. I wish I knew of some remedies, but I bet there is some herbal or essential oil remedy – something that you can spray on him with a squirt bottle in the appropriate concentration. Just to relieve the itching a bit. Anyone?
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  5. Antman408

    Antman408 $ Forum Donor $

    The prescription diet you’re feeding him is garbage. It’s probably Hill, science diet or similar. He is more than likely itching due to the food. I suggest switching your puppy to a better all life stages food. Such as Fromm, Orijen, Acana or another 4 or 5 star kibble. Or even better a raw diet.

    You can also give Benadryl (1 mg for every pound) as a temporary solution.

    Www.dogfoodadvisor.com is a great means to find a quality kibble as well.
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  6. L7weenie

    L7weenie New Member

    The vet said after 3 days to start incorporating his food into the mix to transition back, and he'll be eating diamond naturals all life stages
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  7. Antman408

    Antman408 $ Forum Donor $

    Id start sooner than 3 days. The diamond natural had more nutrients and is a better food than the prescription. They sold you the prescription at a premium and they are rewarded by the manufacturer for the volume they sale.

    I’d switch back and incorporate a good probiotic and some bovine colostrum in your dogs diet.
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  8. C908

    C908 Member

    After spending a great deal of money on six different vets we have had our best success with generic zyrtec.
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  9. Viemarangelrock

    Viemarangelrock $ Premium Subscriber $ Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    I’ve always politely refused a prescription diet. After surgery a Hill’s is automatically included. Yeah, no thank you! I normally stick to some chicken and rice with a little scrambled egg - a bland diet.
    Considering the recent media attention ‘prescription diets’ have been getting, the best place for it is in the bin - products containing excessive amounts of vitamin D!! It’s ironic that the recall is for excessive vitamin D and not the other toxic stuff in it!
    Hill’s science diet, Purina, Royal Canin and Iams - they are all companies that are renowned for poor quality ingredients. At extortionate prices, too. Prescription diets generally contain by-product meal (which comes straight from the rendering plant), lots of soybean and corn products (a cheap replacement for animal protein).

    Check the ingredients for yourself!
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  10. Diane Law

    Diane Law Hot Topics Subscriber

    9 weeks old.....well congrats......at this age their immuno systems are still developing so many changes going on internally.....not to mention missing Mom and their litter mates.......My dog Hoss is now 3.5 years but when he was little had skin issues.....went to a pet dermatologist .........make sure to check with your vet on this ...but we were using Zyrtec......it has 1 additional ingredient not offered in some of the other products to relieve itching.......plus less pills to give daily...but check with your vet due to your pups age.
    I also learned a good natural astringent is 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water .............yeah will smell like a salad....but scent goes away .............just a good way to clean without using a lot of scented products etc at this stage.........hoping pup gets to feeling better soon.
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  11. L7weenie

    L7weenie New Member

    Okay, I honestly wouldn't be surprised if the food they gave me was trash. They also told me that he was positive for parvo, and he needed to be hospitalized for 3 days. (He had been vaccinated and it was a false positive) This wasn't my regular vet, I will start switching his food immediately! Thankyou guys!
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  12. L7weenie

    L7weenie New Member

    Okay! I will be asking his normal vet about this, Thankyou!
  13. L7weenie

    L7weenie New Member

    Any recommendations on the probiotic or brand of bovine colostrum?
  14. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    I went to our health food store and got some probiotics. There are a million different kinds but I got some of the concentrated stuff that needs to be refrigerated.

    If he can tolerate dairy products, something like a little added probiotic yogurt such as Activia might help too.
  15. L7weenie

    L7weenie New Member

    Okay Thankyou!
  16. Kaiser2016

    Kaiser2016 Active Member

    He’s so young and so many new things to get used to in his new home and new routine with you. Definitely switch out the food. You will soon learn that you have to go in prepared when talking to your vet. As mentioned, they have every incentive to sell you some crappy kibble so you’ll keep coming back with more problems. Agree with the probiotics, they help a lot with the sensitive Doberman stomach!
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  17. L7weenie

    L7weenie New Member

    This wasn't his normal vet, it was a vet who very much tried to scam me out of money by telling me that he had parvo, and so it makes sense that they would try and give me the food. We started transitioning him to the diamond naturals today! So when you guys talk about probiotics..are you talking about human ones or is there one for dogs? I also have sardines and fish oil, that I haven't given him yet. Should I work those in as well?
  18. Dogdoc

    Dogdoc New Member

    Has your veterinarian checked him for external parasites (fleas,lice, mites)? I really don’t think it is the food causing the itching - really young for food allergies to be showing up...possible, but unlikely - also, have you bathed him recently? Many shampoos can cause dry skin and irritation leading to itchiness
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  19. L7weenie

    L7weenie New Member

    He didn't check for mites, but he did say that his dry skin is probably bc of his worms. He wasn't itching constantly till yesterday. And I did bathe him when I got him a week ago. The itching has seemed to calm down though.
  20. Kaiser2016

    Kaiser2016 Active Member

    Dobermans also get dandruff when they are stressed out or in a new situation. They grow out of it, but I wonder if the flakes you saw were from that.

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