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    Miniature Poodles

    Good morning all. I have a 26-month old miniature poodle named Izzy. She is Cafe au Lait in color, spayed and the love of my life. She has legs as long as a deer's and is extremely loving. However, for the past two years she has been a scratcher - she is always scratching herself. My male, toy poodle who passed two years ago, never, ever scratched. The vet said it was normal for puppies to scratch themselves, but Izzy is now over 2 years old and the scratching continues. She doesn't appear to have allergies - her skin looks perfect - is there something I am missing? Thank you.






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    Try changing her food




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    Dogs Also Suffer from Allergies to Food, Pollen…and Cats!


    If your pet has been showing signs of itchy discomfort lately, clouds of potent springtime pollen may be to blame. Just like people, cats and dogs can be allergic to common environmental substances including pollen, mold and dust mites—and they can also be allergic to ingredients in their diets and to fleas. According to the ASPCA, more than 20% of pets may suffer from some sort of allergy. Most cats and dogs who are going to develop allergies do so in their first years, although adult onset also occurs.

    Common signs of allergies include recurrent ear or skin infections and scratching, licking, chewing/biting or face-wiping; the face, ears, armpits and paws are most often the targets of a pet’s distress.

    If you suspect your pet is suffering from allergies, talk to your veterinarian, who can provide short-term relief by prescribing itch-control medication, and then help determine the source of the allergy or refer you to a specialist in veterinary dermatology.

    The first step toward an allergy diagnosis will generally be a skin scraping to check for mites, yeast, and/or bacterial infections. Your vet might prescribe special shampoos or topical sprays and frequent bathing, which solves the problem for many pets.


    If not, the next easiest thing to test for is food allergies, which will require you to put your pet on a strict hypoallergenic diet for several months (your vet will prescribe the food) to see if there is a change in his condition. No treats or animal-based chewies are allowed during this period!


    The next option is blood testing. It’s a little pricey, but provides definitive confirmation of contact/inhalant allergies. If your pet tests positive for environmental allergies (mold, pollen, cat dander, etc.), your vet will analyze the results, along with your pet’s clinical signs and history, to devise a treatment plan. This may be as simple as changes around the house, or your pet may need drug therapy or allergy shots (immunotherapy).




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    I as a person have nervous ticks.. I bite my nails and always scratch my head. I dont have bangs so running my hands through my hair even when its up is also one of them. If your baby's skin is fine and no signs of irratation then that might just be a tick she has.
    Dont worry unless the skin is irratated, raw or it seems painful in some way. It might just be something she does. Thats OK.

    Does she whine or moan when she is scratching? Is she scratching so hard it tears into her skin? Losing fur?

    If not just let your baby be herself, it may be annoying at times... but who isnt?





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    Hello you can also check this topic;

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    Scratching

    Quote Originally Posted by lbferguson View Post
    Good morning all. I have a 26-month old miniature poodle named Izzy. She is Cafe au Lait in color, spayed and the love of my life. She has legs as long as a deer's and is extremely loving. However, for the past two years she has been a scratcher - she is always scratching herself. My male, toy poodle who passed two years ago, never, ever scratched. The vet said it was normal for puppies to scratch themselves, but Izzy is now over 2 years old and the scratching continues. She doesn't appear to have allergies - her skin looks perfect - is there something I am missing? Thank you.
    My Toy Poodle has an allergy, to grass pollens. I give him Oatmeal baths 2-3 times a week. It does help him, and I keep his coat short in a puppy cut, ans use a spray that has aloe, tree bark in it at night when it really bothers him the most. Hope you find the problem, I bought the download E-Book that Shardra recommended, best money I have every spent.

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    My little girl Shannon- is a rescue---I brought her home in December and by the end of January she had itched and scratched herself purple and BALD--I had tried EVERYTHING ---except a FRIEND...When I got Leo - another rescue--on Jnuary 1st..the itching, scratching and general anxiety STOPPED--completely--Shannon is in beautiful full coat --and where her legs were once red and hairless--she has gorgeous FULL furnishings





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    Her skin may be dry, from the food. Try adding a little bit of oil to her food and give it about a month or so and see if she still scratches.





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