I was worried about Max.
My dog, Max, became so itchy again recently. He has a history of being a very itchy dog, but he had been doing fantastic for a long time. And then he rubbed and chewed his poor little back up. I bathed him in a soothing oatmeal pet shampoo, sprayed stuff on him daily that is supposed to relieve the itch and keep him from chewing, but nothing was working.
He had been looking so good and it all went downhill so fast. I put a shirt on him, but it didn’t quite cover his whole back, so didn’t help much. He was not looking in good shape at all. His scratching was keeping us up at night.
It took me a while to think of what was bothering him. For one his flea medicine was soon to run out, but it wasn’t quite time for a new flea pill, yet. However, I have noticed it lose effectiveness shortly before the next pill is due. If he even gets one bite, he has a rash all over. But the worst part, I realized, was that I had bought him the wrong food!
I had purchased a natural food that was filled with all the nutrition I normally look for in dry dog food, but I mistakenly bought him some that was not grain free. I immedietly went out and got him the right grain free dog food and after a few days his itchiness was so much better. Now he’s finally looking fabulous again. All his hair has grown back in that he had chewed off. No more scabs and red spots. I took him to the vet to get him a new round of flea pills. The topical stuff doesn’t work on him and though we keep our home flea free as much as possible, there is no avoiding the occasional little beast.
Phew, so glad Max feels better. It’s heart breaking to know he is so uncontrollably itchy!
I am so glad that Max feels better! I see this so often in the grooming salon where I work, most people don’t even entertain that allergies and itchiness may be food related. We tell them to always consult a vet before asking us to use supplements or sensitive shampoos, unnecessarily. A change of a diet can do wonders!
Ruckus Eskie says
Happy Thoughtless Thursday, Ruckus the Eskie Man so glad he's better now! Poor boy.
Amy Boyer says
Thanks for sharing another story about what a difference the right food makes. You have to be a detective sometimes to figure out what is going on. I'm so glad Max is well and not itching anymore.
Shannon Adams says
I'm so glad Max is feeling better!
Jenna,Mark Drady says
Oh boy I know exactly what you mean about fleas. Lexus has a horrid reaction to them as well. She chews her fur, gets super itchy etc….the worst part is that in the summer we happen to live in a town where apparently fleas just love it. So there really is no avoiding at least one bite, which is enough to set her off.
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L. E. Mastilock says
No avoiding it here in the coastal redwoods either. We do the best we can, though
Glad you figured it out so quickly. The itchies are no good!
M. K. Clinton says
We are still trying to discover what is making Bentley itch. There should be an inexpensive allergy test for pets!
L. E. Mastilock says
inexpensive is the key word there! That would be nice. We just had to slowly trial and error with different food, waiting months at a time to see if there were changes for better or worse. Ugh.
The Swiss Cats says
We're glad you solved the problem and that Max is feeling better ! Purrs