My Boxer Dog is Itching a Lot, What do I do?
Let me start off by saying you should definitely consult your vet. If your boxer has scratched his skin raw there is a possibility of infection.
The best to find out what is making him itch is process of elimination. The most likely causes are flea, seasonal, environmental or food allergies.
Flea: You should be checking you dog regularly for fleas. Try combing your boxer's coat with a flea comb.
Seasonal: Consult your vet to test for these types of allergies.
Environmental: It's possible he may be allergic to something in your house. Try restricting access to areas where he sleeps or lies. Maybe change the bedding in his sleeping area and see if it makes a difference.
Food: Some foods boxer dogs can be allergic to are beef, dairy products, wheat, eggs, corn and even chicken. Try placing your boxer dog on a sixty day diet of a protein and carb they have not eaten before. You may want to talk to your vet about creating a hypoallergenic elimination diet.
As for relieving their symptoms there are several actions you can take:
-Benadryl: This is a good start. Make sure your using the liquid form and not the pill. Dogs have a shorter digestive tract than humans so a pill takes to long to digest.
Oatmeal baths: Clean your boxer's feet, and other itchy areas in cool water. Yeah can possibly add colloidal oatmeal or epsom salts. This will give temporary relief.
Another remedy is mixing a package of Aveeno oatmeal bath powder with a two cups of water, wetting the dog down with cool water, then applying the Aveeno mix. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse off with cool water and pat dry.
Be sure to dry the area well, pat with a towel, rubbing with a towel will excite the itch. If your dog lets you, use a hair drier set on cool.
-Keep your dog's toenails trimmed
-Start using an Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acid supplement. These can be used as all-natural anti-inflammatory drugs. Some owners report great success with these.
-Use 100% pure Aloe Vera: Apply it directly to where your boxer is itching. You can also dilute it with water and spray it where your dog is itchy.
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