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Old 01-11-2012, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Our shih-tzu seems to have allergies, she is 9 months old. She scratches some, mostly in the morning and evening and her eyes water, sometimes alot, sometimes just a bit. Seems to be no rhyme or reason as to when her eyes water. She has seen a vet and he gave her some pills that did not seem to help much. We give her baths but they don't seem to help much. No fleas and our other 3 dogs don't have any itching problems. She eats Canidae dog food and we tried some grain free but she did not like it. Is there anyway to find out what she is actually allergic too? Any anti-itch shampoos that actually work? Thanks for all comments and suggestions.
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:36 AM
 
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Our shih-tzu seems to have allergies, she is 9 months old. She scratches some, mostly in the morning and evening and her eyes water, sometimes alot, sometimes just a bit. Seems to be no rhyme or reason as to when her eyes water. She has seen a vet and he gave her some pills that did not seem to help much. We give her baths but they don't seem to help much. No fleas and our other 3 dogs don't have any itching problems. She eats Canidae dog food and we tried some grain free but she did not like it. Is there anyway to find out what she is actually allergic too? Any anti-itch shampoos that actually work? Thanks for all comments and suggestions.

The allergy thing has always been a mystery to me too...Over the last 25 years I've had three Shih Tzu's...My dogs have all had symptoms like you listed on and off during their lives...Usually the itching would end over time and I never knew why... Our current little girl who is nine years old went through the whole scratching thing for several weeks, that was a couple of months ago. The Vet thought possibly it was flea allergy, I argued "my dog doesn't have flea's."
The Vet insisted sometimes one bite can get the whole itchy thing going... I checked constantly for fleas, no flea's, I even had the spot flea medication on her, but it was a cheap Pet Smart brand, but I figured it was working because I didn't see any fleas.. Then one day she was laying on her back, (and there it was) just one flea! Now I use the brand name spot medications on her.

Maybe your dog doesn't have flea's. It could be just something in the air, or the food... One of our little Shih Tzu's use to scratch her ears until they were red. It turned out she was allergic to her food.

Sometimes I think it could just be the time of year...Anyway I hope you are able to find out what's causing it.
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Old 01-12-2012, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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My mom had a Shih-Tzu poodle mix and it had allergies. The vet said to shampoo him 3 times a week and always wipe his feet with an unscented baby wipe type product every time he came back in from outside. The vet gave her a special type of allergy shampoo. My mom found that when she didn't do the bathing, the dog would start scratching again.
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:04 PM
 
Location: finally where I am meant to be
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My shih tzu is allergic to the dye red40 it is in a lot of dog food and dog treats, he would get welts and itch like crazy. Now whenever I buy any type of new treat I have to check the label to make sure it doesn't have red 40. I have read that a lot of shih tzu dogs are allergic to it. I have found that shampoo with oatmeal in it helps with the scratching.
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Old 06-17-2012, 01:05 AM
 
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Our shih-tzu seems to have allergies, she is 9 months old. She scratches some, mostly in the morning and evening and her eyes water, sometimes alot, sometimes just a bit. Seems to be no rhyme or reason as to when her eyes water. She has seen a vet and he gave her some pills that did not seem to help much. We give her baths but they don't seem to help much. No fleas and our other 3 dogs don't have any itching problems. She eats Canidae dog food and we tried some grain free but she did not like it. Is there anyway to find out what she is actually allergic too? Any anti-itch shampoos that actually work? Thanks for all comments and suggestions.
The three big things I recommend getting any dog with allergies off of first is corn, grains and anything with soy. Check your food labels. Someone else mentioned red dye 40, it's also a good idea. Also wiping their feet when they come in never hurts after walks. You can do it, too when they've been outside in the yard unless you know without a doubt your grass is not the issue (trial and error.)

Red dye 40 is also what causes tear stains with dogs and there is not one reason to add artificial color to dogs food. They (our fur-kids) could not careless the color of their kibble. What does matter is the smell of the kibble!

If your dog (excuse me, fur-child) does not like "grain-free" try spritzing it with olive oil. It is good for their skin and coat not to mention their inside, too. You don't want to pour it on but if helps your fur-baby get past the taste of the "new" food, it doesn't hurt to try. (You can always put a little olive oil on your finger to see if your fur-baby will lick it off. If s/he does then this could work...) (I did this when switching mine over to grain-free.)

Whatever it takes to clear up their allergy, we are willing to try, right? I would just make sure the food label has no soy, too.

Something else you could try for the short term would be boiled chicken (beef or turkey) and green beans just to see if it helps to clear up the allergies. I would not go long term with this because it is not balanced. You would need add a vitamin and research cooking for your fur-child. It is easy enough to do (as they prefer human food over their own) but for the short term to see if it helps the allergies, you may want to give it a go.

There are many, many threads on this forum about cooking for your fur-child or even a raw diet and how many of their allergies and tummy issues disappear. You will need to search them out. There are also books dedicated to this subject on Amazon.

Please keep us posted AND we would love to see pictures!!!

Kind Regards,
LuvABull

Hope this help.
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Thanks for the replies, I will keep an eye out on red dye 40. LuvABull, there are pics of her in my albums. for some wierd reason, I cannot post a pic. of her on here.
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:34 PM
 
Location: 500 miles from home
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My Westie has skin/seasonal allergies - common to his breed. We do have him on a grain-free food but it doesn't solve the entire problem - especially in spring and fall.

We use a cortisone shampoo - purchased from our Vet - regularly. He will occasionally require the use of Prednisone for severe itching.

I usually squirt some Omega 6 (or is it 3) on his food - made for dogs.

We used Zyrtek for a while but it was useless for him.
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Old 06-17-2012, 05:02 PM
 
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My baby girl shih tzu started developing scabs all over her neck. All she did was itch and the skin on her tail turned black and hair started falling off. This lasted for months and she was absolutely miserable. We took her to do many vets and finally found one that told us she had mites under her skin. That was no surprise as all dogs had that. But our pup had no material in her little body to kill off the bad guys. She went on medicine and her scabs disappeared and a that's left are blue spots. Her tail is currently growing all it's hair back and becoming a regular color again. We took her off her dry food and gave her canned dog food instead because it might have been connected to it.
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Old 12-26-2015, 09:31 PM
 
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Another thing to try for skin problems is shampoo with Tea Tree oil. You can buy it at most Walmart hair salons or online. I use it myself for scalp itch problems occasionally. keep it away from the eyes on the dog. many problems not a fungus or infection are allergies from chew sticks or pig ears or treats with red dye or grains.
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Old 12-27-2015, 07:29 PM
 
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I've been to a specialist for my dog's allergies. He has been on 10 mg hydoxyzine and it works wonders along with a medicated shampoo that he has to bathe in. Dogs just don't have food allergies, but also grass allergies of which mine has an allergy to.
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