Itchy puppy

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    Anyone here have experience with miniature poodles? Mine stops and scratches nearly four times a minute! She has no fleas. Does she have an allergy maybe? Is this typical for the breed?

    She's only nine months old and it's driving both of us crazy!
     
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    what kind of cut is she/he in....when was the last cut...what kinda shampoo are you using....are you using adams flea spray....we need some more details...does the skin flake...can you take a pic of where the scratching is going on and post it....could be a lot of things
     
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    o what kinda food are y ou feeding...could simply be an allergy to corn etc...
     
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    She has a standard cut (short in the face, feet and butt, but consistent everywhere else) She is going to the groomer tomorrow, in fact. Her last bath was back on the 9th. She is on Frontline as a flea preventative. She had her last dose on the 19th as we have had a killing frost. Her diet is Eukanuba small breed puppy and Chef Michael's canned.

    I haven't noticed any flaking skin, although I have recently spotted small tufts of her hair on some of the furniture and rugs.

    She scrathes her throat, her back haunches, the base of the tail. When I bathe her, I use an oatmeal/aloe shampoo.
     
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    mites, ringworm, there could be a could of things...i always look at food first...

    but that is a good food...okay first thing i would change is the food...i would put her on lamb and rice..tufts are the way poodles shed...they dont shed hair but will loose tuffs...last vet visit would have been?

    now i am not much for mixing dry and wet...i go with a dry and lots of water....
     
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    i would also have a vet look into this...i might even hold off on grooming till the skin condition was taken care of....she will just look like a lamb...
     
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    examine the skin ..closely...do you have a black light by chance?
     
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    is she getting enough exercise..they need a lot...
     
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    My jack russell terrorist had red itchy skin. Ya know what I did. I used that selsun blue shampoo on him and it helps him a lot. suds him up and leave it on a few minutes then rinse thouroughly. Worth a try. Also a good doggie shampoo is Nova Pearls.
     
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    Allergies are not uncommon in poodles and white dogs (if she is white) are even more prone to skin problems associated with allergies. They typically show up 6 months to 3 yrs of age so it could be the problem especially if she is digging so hard she is leaving tufts of hair. I'd ask your vet about checking her for it before she damages her skin. One of the frustrating things about allergies (and I've had dogs with them) is that the itch-scratch cycle releases more and more histamines (I think that is what they are called) that in turn increase itchiness, plus - the skin damage can quickly lead to secondary bacterial and yeast infections that increase itching. Does she have any problems with her ears?
     

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