1 year old spinger always itching

by Ninya Kirchner
(Shenandoah, IA)

I have a 1 year old springer spaniel and he seems to always be itching. He does not have fleas. I have given him baths using oatmeal shampoo and conditioner and nothing seems to be helping the poor thing. I have also got him a oil to put on his food that is suppose to help with the itching but it doesnt seem to do anything either. Please help me and my poor dog I feel so bad for him.


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Aug 06, 2013
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My springer m NEW
by: Dani

My springer had the same problem due to his fod. We changed it and know have no problems at all.

Oct 03, 2012
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Itching NEW
by: Michele

Some Springers do have allergies. Usually an allergy stems from foods such as; corn, rice and sometimes chicken. They can also be allergic to grasses & pollens and other things too...much like people.

I would make sure I was feeding a very good quality food. Not the food you can buy at the grocery store, WalMart or your well-known chain pet stores. But a food you buy at a small pet shop known for selling good quality foods and other items.

I would recommend 3 foods to you; Honest Kitchen, Orijen and Acana. All high quality foods with no fillers, preservatives or unneeded ingredients. You will pay more for these foods, but you will have way fewer problems.

Check out dogaware.com. There is a TON of very good information in regard to dog foods.

Fix the inside and you'll fix the outside!

Oct 02, 2012
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Hay fever? NEW
by: Anonymous

My 6 month springer Charlie went through the same thing. He was itching loads, chewing his feet, hiding his face behind things like cushions and had red runny eyes. It was all signs of hay fever. The vet gave use maxitrol eye drops and the symptoms slowed down. With the colder weather we don't need the drops. We also give him a wheat and gluten free food as his food that he always had became intolerable. Hope this helps!

Oct 02, 2012
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Hay fever? NEW
by: Anonymous

My 6 month springer Charlie went through the same thing. He was itching loads, chewing his feet, hiding his face behind things like cushions and had red runny eyes. It was all signs of hay fever. The vet gave use maxitrol eye drops and the symptoms slowed down. With the colder weather we don't need the drops. We also give him a wheat and gluten free food as his food that he always had became intolerable. Hope this helps!

Dec 27, 2011
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My dog was itching too. NEW
by: Anonymous

My Springer, who is 2, was really itching too. We felt so bad for him. He had no fleas (took him to groomers, vet, etc.) so we knew this wasn't the issue. It just made him miserable. Our vet said it was the change in seasons. They said that once the weather turned cold, he'd stop itching. They were right. I'm not sure if this helps or not but thought I'd put it out there. Good luck.

Nov 22, 2011
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ITCHING DOG NEW
by: Casey's Mom

When we got Casey he was scratching his cheeks all the time. We fed him IAMS, because that's what his foster family was feeding him.

He scratched his cheeks raw. He had to wear a cone all the time. After 6 weeks and a couple visits to the Vet (for steroid shots & meds), I did some research on the internet about dog food.

Over a 6 week period I switched Casey to Blue Buffalo. By week three he was hardly scratching at all. By week 6, when he was completely on Blue Buffalo, his cheeks had almost completely healed.

He no longer scratches at all. So I'd try switching him over to as natural a food as you can afford. FYI - Blue Buffalo web site has a comparison feature that allows you to compare almost any food out there with their food to see what is healthiest.

Nov 22, 2011
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Food Alergy NEW
by: Anonymous

My first Springer had alergies- loads of them. Vet tested for over 250 diferent things and she was alergic to most all of them. She would chew her feet raw and scratch her chin til there was no fur left. We changed food a dozen times, finally found a duck and rice food that she could eat and slowed down the itchies. Prednazone helped a bit, but fianlly got a "people" pill prescribed and bought at the pharmacy that actually worked-- sadly I don't remember what it was. My poor girl only had one itch free year before she died at age 12.

Nov 22, 2011
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Itchy dog NEW
by: Anonymous

This is the reason I now feed my dog real food. A combo of raw meat diet a long with veg and cooked rice. She seems to
Tolerate some dog foods that are wheat, dairy and gluten free but does better when she totally avoids traditional dog food. There's loads on the web regarding raw food diet. I tend to do make a batch that lasts for two weeks. I keep
It in the freezer and let it defrost over night. Not
Only has it helped her itching and sore skin but also changed her toilet habits and even calmed her down! She's two now and I'm glad we switched.

Nov 15, 2011
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re: itching NEW
by: Anonymous

I have fed him Purina dog food since I got him and just the past couple of months he has really started to scratch. Thank you for you input.

Nov 15, 2011
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Itching NEW
by: Michele

My first guess would be fleas, but if you are certain he doesn't have them then I would ask you what type of dog food you feed. Could be an allergy to many things, but often scratching dogs have an allergy to something in their food; corn, wheat, dye, preservatives, etc. Read the ingredients. Dogs really only need meat and veggies and none of that other stuff that is processed into dog food.

I've had the same problem with one of my Springers and as a result neither of them still eat commercial dog food.

I'm sure your Vet offers allergy testing if you want to consider that.

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