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my dog, terrier, most of the time are scratching. does it mean

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my dog, terrier, most of the time are scratching. does it mean she has fleas? she's stays outside at morning and stay home at night time.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi gio,
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My name isXXXXX've professionally worked with animals for over 16 years dealing with both health and behavioral issues. I have over 14,000 satisfied customers. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

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I need to ask for some additional information. Once I receive your responses, it will likely take 30-40 minutes to type my response. I hope you can be patient.

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Is she on any type of flea preventative before the shampoo?

Does she have any hair loss?

Any changes in her environment such as a new house, move to a different state, etc?

Any change in her diet or treats?

Has your dog been around other dogs recently?

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.


she didn't have any flea preventive shampoo before. No hair loss. we just move to a new house recently. same diet. i have another big dog (mix husky and golden retriever). this dog doesn't scratch. our backyard is huge with dirt, no grass.

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

Gio,

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Thanks for the additional information. Since she was not on flea preventative, then fleas might be the issue. However, there could be other causes, so I'll give you information on other causes after I give you some suggestions for flea control.

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Your first step will be getting your dogs on frontline or advantage to get the fleas off of your dogs if they are not on it already. If that is not an option, washing your dog in dawn dishwashing liquid, leaving the lather on for 15 minutes before rinsing will kill the fleas. The fleas shampoo will take care of them as well and has some residual affect, but isn't that effective. The second step will be ridding the environment of them.

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There are quite a few house sprays available to control fleas in the house. I've used Flea Stop but any that include a growth inhibitor should do the job pretty well. Cutting a piece from a flea collar and adding it to your vacuum bag will kill any fleas that you vacuum up and prevent them from escaping back into the house. Vacuum every day for at least a month to get all the fleas and eggs out of the carpets. Some experts will suggest throwing the bag out after each cleaning.

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You can also treat the yard if you wish with food grade Diatomaceous earth, which helps kill them in the yard without poisons. This can also be used in carpets and dog bedding as well. You can read more about that here.

http://www.petloveshack.com/fleacontrol.html

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Fleas do not like a wet environment so frequent watering of the lawn can also make it inhospitable to fleas as well.

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Since you just moved into a new place, it is possible that your dog is having an allergic reaction to something in the new home such as a carpet cleaning substance, etc. This allergy can set off an episode of itching and damage the skin which then allows staph or yeast on the skin to multiple unchecked leading to a staph or yeast dermatitis which can also cause itching.

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. These skin conditions are generally seen with allergies. A flea allergy can set off an episode of itchiness as well. Staph usually occurs on the lower regions of your pet and tends to have small pimple type bumps. Shampoo containing Chlorhexiderm and/or Oatmeal can help with this condition. Yeast typically shows as a greasy area that has a sweet musty odor. Sometimes the skin can become inflamed, darker and thickened due to itching. Yeast likes areas such as between toes, armpits and ears. Selsun Blue Shampoo can help with Yeast dermatitis. When shampooing, lather and leave on 15 minutes before rinsing. These shampoos are not meant to be a cure, just a relief until your pet can see a Vet. Benadryl can be given to your dog, the dose is up to 2mg per pound every 8 hours for itching due to allergies.

You can read about allergies here:http://www.nhahonline.vetsuite.com/Templates/ContentPages/Articles/ViewArticleContent.aspx?Id=864

http://www.lbah.com/allergy.htm

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Mange mites and ringworm can also cause itching, so I'll give you information on those causes as well. Here is a website on Ringworm:

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ringworm.html

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Here is two on Mange.

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_demodectic_mange.html

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_sarcoptic_mange.html

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I know you were looking for an exact cause, but without an examination and testing that is impossible. If you saw some reddish discoloration on your dogs coat especially near the rear areas, then fleas is a very likely cause since that red is frequently caused by flea feces.

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I hope this information is helpful to you and you are satisfied with my response. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have .

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.


For Jane Lefler:


Hi there! I am having a problem with my dog who always broke in to neighbors backyard by wrecking out the fence. He did many times and i'm kinna embarass already. What is the best thing to do so he stop doing this. My friend told me to put a collar on him used for barking. Is that a good idea? Thanks

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Gio,.I can definitely help you with this subject, but the site requires that unrelated questions be submitted as a new question. I'm sorry. If you open a new question and put for Jane, then I will answer immediately.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


I did already. Hopefully, you are working on it.

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Done. I'll close this.

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