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Remedy for pet dog help!!!

I recently adopted a puppy from the animal shelter. She was scratching a lot so we bought frontline for fleas. That was 3 weeks ago. She is still scratching a lot, especially at night. She has scratched some of the fur from a patch on her face and I am noticing that she is scratching the same spots. I look but I never see fleas on her and fleas are not biting my husband or me. I think its a skin problem. I wanted to try a remedy first before the vet tries all kinds of meds on her. Please help! Thank you!
  AmyJS on 2008-04-29
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It could be the lack of humidity in your home, you could try vegetable oil in her food, maybe just 1 tsp if a small dog, 1/2 tblsp for a larger dog. Not too much or it may cause diarrhea.

What you could do is hold her over a white sheet of paper (that has been dampened) and ruffle her fur. If any little specks fall onto the paper take on a red colour, that is blood and likely from a parasite such as a flea.

Could also be dermatitis...from food or environmental allergies. Best to find out what it is first before treating, though.

Good luck, hun!
squeaks last decade
It is possible the dog is allergic to the flea bites and if so, they scratch so much there will be no fleas to see. To test do as squeaks suggested. Get Dr. Pitcairns book on Natural health for dogs and cats to help you understand things and learn to feed better. In mean time start feeding some raw meats,chicken or turkey, some veggies, nutritional yeast has many B vits and fleas do not like that. Get some diatomaceous earth, not from the pool cleaners, to fine. Put in shaker jar and shake outside on areas puppy plays.I use Dr. Bronners Pure Castile Soap with organic oils to help my one cat. She was feral so it took a few months before I could help her. She scratched some areas pretty bad and bleed a lot. Now I just have a couple areas she still scratches bad. I do not let her outside and that has helped a lot. A lemon/water rinse also helps after bath. One sliced up lemon in near boiling water-pint jar- let sit over night. Can use daily. Dr. Pitcairns book will also describe mange. Stay away from a all dry food diet, no shots for now. Get immune system back up. Hope this helps.
barracuda last decade
Likly there is some agravating causality in her food, most likley itis corn based. Eliminate the cause and put her on a natural diet ie raw meat and some veggies and veggie broth best to discuss the details with a Vet to make sure not to miss important nutrients. Any bag food tho, dry kibble has many ingredients which makes it hard to tell where the problem is, that why I am recomending raw meat and slightly cooked veggies. Ancestors of the domestic dog live on rw meat and get thier partially digested veggies by eating the stomach and intestines of the animals they kill, i am sugesting you attempt to simulate that diet in your home. there are websites to order ground whole rabbit which is perfect but expensive.

Oh yeah homeopathicaly....
Probably some Sulpher 200C single dose once the diet is esstablished, the cause eliminated, whould sppeed recovery and prevent recurence and improve her health over all.
hawk8 last decade

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