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Help. My dog is scratching but doesn’t have fleas!

Hi, I just read your post on fleas and I wanted to tell you my story and hope you might offer some help.

I have a 10 y/old Chihuahua that’s constantly scratching. I’ve tried giving her a bath every 2 – 3 weeks but that hasn’t helped. She doesn’t have fleas and I haven’t seen anything else on her. Sometimes she scratches till she is almost bleeding.

Could this simply be dry skin?

What else can I do to help her stop scratching?

Please help. She’s miserable.

Thank you,

Diana

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70 comments on “Help. My dog is scratching but doesn’t have fleas!

  1. Friendayors on said:

    My dog is a “mutt” we got from the humane shelter 6 years ago. Like all the others, she has no fleas… but itches day and night. Keeps her up and everyone else. I wish I could find a solution. I’m going to try getting a food without corn.

    I heard from someone that there is a tree (has “helicopter” shaped seeds) can cause problems. The helicopter seeds are how they make itching power… as pranks, etc. I’ve not seen any itching powder for years. I don’t know if this is true. But, I will say I have several of those trees in my yard. I dunno….
    I live in the Midwest (Greencastle, IN)

  2. My husband and I have a 7 month old chow chow. He scratches at his ears, bites his legs, licks his paws raw, and shakes his head. He has red spots on his skin. We know that chows cannot have a lot of protein in their diet. We feed him Solid Gold food. He had a visit at the vet’s office a couple of weeks ago. He does Not have fleas, and does Not have ear mites. It’s winter time here, but a friend of mine recommend DermaPaw dog skin and paw treatment. It’s a soothing relief cream, and healing protection for your dog paw licking, sores, infections, and skin allergies. It can be used on any part of your dog. It’s 100% non-toxic, and contains no steroids or antibiotics. We just started using this product a few days ago. We did not order the socks that are sold separately. They also show how you can make your own at home. Our chow thinks the socks are toys, so we are using the cone for now. We are also switching his food. I will keep you posted!

  3. My husband and I have a 7 month old chow chow. He scratches at his ears, bites his legs, licks his paws raw, and shakes his head. He has red spots on his skin. We know that chows cannot have a lot of protein in there diet. We feed him Solid Gold food. He had a visit at the vet’s office a couple of weeks ago. He does Not have fleas, and does Not have ear mites. It’s winter time here, but a friend of mine recommend DermaPaw dog skin and paw treatment. It’s a soothing relief cream, and healing protection for your dog paw licking, sores, infections, and skin allergies. It can be used on any part of your dog. It’s 100% non-toxic, and contains no steroids or antibiotics. We just started using this product a few days ago. We did not order the socks that are sold separately. They also show how you can make your own at home. Our chow thinks the socks are toys, so we are using the cone for now. We are also switching his food. I will keep you posted!

  4. Jessie williams on said:

    i have a one year Pomeranian and she does not have flees from what i can see and she itches like crazy mostly on her back its getting to a point where she is loosing fur and i dont know what to do

  5. Denice on said:

    Hi everyone, buy tea tree oil and soak a paper towel in water and add 1/4 teaspoon of tea tree oil to a soaked paper towel and rub it on your dogs problem areas . Tea tree oil heals and soothes and it is a natural product that wont hurt your dog if she licks it. I do this everyday during allergy seasons cuz I don’t like to give my dogs Benadryl cuz it is a chemical. Tea tree oil is amazing and has so many health benefits! I also put aloe Vera on a Cotten ball and a drop of tea tree oil and rub it on the inside of my dogs ears if he is scratching them. My dogs are in awe when I use this treatment cuz they instantly stop scratching. The smell of tea tree oil is kind of a menthol sent just to let you know :)

  6. I have two mini schnauzers and they are scratching themselves raw to the point they pull their hair out and bleed. They can not sleep and you can see how extremely frustrated they are. I recently switched their food to Pedigree because i thought it was the best dog food you could get but after reading all other answers I see I just made the problem worse. When I use spot on flea treatment from the vet their itching seems to instantly stop so I am thinking it must be some kind of mite coming from the grass. When I used the flea treatment this time it did not work so I am switching to a meat based dog food today. I will follow up so you know how well it worked.

  7. I have a 6 week or 7 week old puppy his name is Cinni he itches all a day and hes never been outside yet so i don’t think he has fleas…email me at (amber.moon15@ymail.com) if you know what wrong with him?

  8. VetLocator Staff on said:

    Jessie, your dog may have allergies and they can be nasty and so uncomfortable for your dog. Just like humans, if it is scratching due to allergies, you need to figure out what your dog is allergic to, then remove that thing so your dog stops scratching. The other thing that can commonly cause scratching and itching like that is mange. That is caused by a tiny mite that gets under your pet’s skin. If it is mange, the treatment is very different to get rid of mites. The best thing is to check with your vet, determine what the cause is and take it from there.

    Good luck Jessie!!

  9. Randi on said:

    I have a two month old red bone coon hound / lab I have checked him up and down for fleas I haven’t seen any at all and he is always on my bed and I never get any flea bites he is always itching and when he does he cries and it makes me feel horrible I feed him purina one puppy formula I gave him one bath when I first got him cause he was dirty and since then he has been super itchy I used puppy shampoo what can I do to help the poor little guy

  10. VetLocator Staff on said:

    Hi Randi, just like humans the cause for itching can be from fleas, allergies, dry skin and other bugs. Check with your vet if you have questions… Sometimes just getting bitten by a flea turns on a pet’s flea allergy, so even if you don’t see one, your pup can still have them. Since they are bites you can often find the flea bite area. However, if you are pretty sure that’s not the problem, the next thing to suspect is your puppy’s food. Switch it up – there is a lot of research you can find on foods that are hypoallergenic. Again, your vet can be very helpful with these suggestions. Once I had a dog that just had really dry skin and he’d get hot spots every summer. We switched foods and tried Avoderm which for him worked like a charm. The added fat and oils from avocados cured his hot spots quickly and his coat became silky and beautiful. Not every dog will respond in the same way, so this is just an example of a food solution for our dog’s problems. Good luck with your little guy!!!!

  11. I have a two year old chiuaua and papillion mi and if i dont take her a bath for a while she starts to scrach. Ive learned from the past wo years she has dry ichy and sensitive skin. If your dog is scrachin and doesnt have gleas go to your local pet store and buy a special shampoo for dry ichy skin that contains oatmeal when i took my dog a bath with it she stopped scratching right away

  12. VetLocator Staff on said:

    Thanks for sharing this with other pet owners Brittney. I’m sure this share will help some itchy pup out there whose owner didn’t know where to turn for help. :)

  13. SHEBA INU/ GERM MIX on said:

    I rescued my baby back in Sept 2012 she was not scratching now she is scratching like crazy night and day. I have checked her for fleas, ticks and other bugs and she has none. We give her a good bath at least once every 3 weeks and no bugs has ever been seen. I used sum Moisturizing Gel Oil and it did slow down the itching but makes her coat very oily, but I rather have a oily baby than a scratchy baby that is going out of her mind every minute from scratching. What are the best products on the market?

  14. brittiany on said:

    A few months ago, my four year old ridgeback was scratching very bad. I didn’t see any fleas, but decided to treat for fleas anyway. Bad idea, he must have had some type of allergic reaction to it cuz he started losing small patches of fur all over his body. I gave him an oatmeal bath and every thing cleared up fine… until now. All of a sudden he’s scratching like crazy again. This time I spot a few fleas and buy a flea collar. Seems to have worked, no fleas or flea dirt, but he’s still scratching like mad. Is there anyway it could have been worms this whole time? I think I’m going to schedule a vet visit just in case. Keep ya posted.

  15. Meghan on said:

    Hi everyone! I think my dog Muffin takes the cake. She is a 48lb rescue mutt from our local shelter. for over a year…yes I said it.. Over a year. she had scratched all over her body and has had bleeding holes in her head most of the time. 3 vet’s and Tuft’s university later…nothing! I can tell you everything we tried that didn’t work. now…I will say she did have mange as I caught it.. (scabies on humans) but it keeps coming back. I am beginning to believe she has an immune disorder. Her face and ears on occasion get really red for no reason at all which leads me to think SLE (Lupus). I have SLE and they say pets resemble their owners…lol
    I say this because just when you think its gone it comes back.
    Here is what I have learned through my journey..
    Tea tree oil was a waste of money.
    all the shampoos,creams,ointments…same. waste of money.
    Prednisone helps which is another reason I think lupus.
    fish oil..waste along with the vitamins
    different dog foods…nope
    ivermectin which is the same medication given for monthly heartworm…worked great. its what they use to rid mange. you can buy it at the local tractor supply place. its in a brown box and it says injectable for cattle and swine you can look up dosage ammts online.
    permetherine..you can buy at the local tractor supply place as well. this rids fleas ticks and mange..the best part is..its a million times cheaper than advantix.. its advantix’s main ingredient. don’t believe me look it up.
    Revolution for dogs- awesome.
    Oatmeal baths can actually do more damage than good D/T
    if your dog has an allergy to oats…mine does.
    I am going to find someplace to get her tested for Lupus..the reality is. THOUSANDS have been spent and I still see no end in sight. I have made a decision the end of September is going to be the end of the line. I will have to put her down,
    If anyone has any questions for me…or if you have any answers for me…PLEASE RESPOND!! or email me
    Meghan-k@hotmail.com
    thanks and good luck

  16. Dog Lover on said:

    Don’t put your poor dog down – keep trying, but stay away from topical and chemical treatments – try treating from the inside. Ask around for an holistic vet – one who doesn’t push the drugs associated with any one particular pharmaceutical company. Get some food grade diatomaceous earth and either toss it with his food and some olive oil or mix it with a liquid – but it’s not water soluble so in liquid it sinks to the bottom. Diatomaceous earth is not chemical – it is finely ground fossils of single cell organisms and it will mechanically clean out the dogs intestinal tract of any toxins, worms etc. People can take it too – for the same reason. Make sure it’s food grade though – not chemically or heat treated.

  17. TEA TREE OIL IS TOXIC TO CATS & DOGS!!!

  18. dj gibson on said:

    My dog has no fleas, but scratches himself until he breaks skin and starts bleeding. Please help me. I dont know what else to do.

  19. Taylor - Blog Admin@VetLocator.com on said:

    Hi DJ,

    It could be a number of things: allergies, unseen ticks or fleas, shampoo, or a hot spot. I am not going to suggest a different shampoo, but none at all. Brush her everyday with a soft bristled brush and she shouldn’t need a bath.

    Really the best thing is a vet visit. Brushing, a new food, or a new shampoo won’t stop problems. Let the vet do a skin scraping, identify the real problem, and prescribe a safe and effective remedy. Good Luck.

  20. I have a 1 year old Pomeranian. She itches non stop all day and night so I assumed she had fleas. I bought her flea treatment and a flea collar but she still itches and scratches. I don’t know what to do. Someone help!!

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