Sudden, Severe, Itching
Suddenly, starting last night, Shiloh has started itching almost uncontrollably. She can barely walk from one side of the room to the other without stopping to itch. Sometimes she falls over trying to itch and walk at the same time. She is leaving small tufts of hair all over.
I have done nothing particularly out of the ordinary in the last few days.
Saturday we went to the dog park, and it was mostly the usual dogs there.
Stopped for lunch at a hot dog stand, and apparently dogs eat free, so I spoiled her and let her have a plain hot dog.
Sunday was a nice day, so I took her for a long walk, wandering around aimlessly around the apartment complex.
I then got a cold, and bought tissues with lotion in them.
I gave her Benadryl (which has helped some) at direction of my veterinarian, and have an appointment tomorrow, but was looking for any ideas of possible causes for this sudden itchy outbreak.
Maybe the lotion in the tissues? The hotdog? Fleas? She's treated with Advantix.
Itching from caused by food and itching caused by fleas or mites can be recognized based on where the itching is located. Itching caused by dog food is usually located around the neck and above the anus. Itching caused by parasites is anywhere the parasites are located. If you want to give your dog a diet that does not cause any inflammations and irritations you should feed your dog a real, high quality, holistic food that does not contain meat obtained from intensive farming (chicken, lamb or beef). There is a product that is able to give allow dogs with skin conditions to benefit greatly: Dermo Active, by Forza10.
I single flea bite can send an allergic/sensitive dog into a frenzy of itching - sometimes for quite a while after the bite. Even if your dog is treated, the flea can still bite before it dies.
I would do a white sheet test, though not conclusive, because of the possiblity it was a single bite, it may be able to show you if your dog was bitten multiple times before the fleas died.
A food reaction, IMO, is the least likely scenario. Food allergies are a distant third behind flea bite reaction and environmental allergies.
Is there a history here of allergies (flea, environmental, food)?
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