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Old 12-25-2008, 02:40 AM
 
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She scratches a lot and she has little bumps that seem like crusty skin...it's hard to tell because they are so tiny and she freaks out when I try to look. She's still scared of a lot of things. She is very timid and submissive. She is a 10 week old Golden Retriever. Is this normal?
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Old 12-25-2008, 05:17 AM
 
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She sounds like she's got some puppy itch - take her to the vet (which you should anyway, within 24h of getting her home) and he can take a look. She also sounds like she hasn't been socialized. A puppy class is something I would suggest - they're really fun and will help your pup catch up a bit with more socialized puppies.
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Old 12-25-2008, 02:10 PM
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I am sure you have done this already, but do a check for fleas. Sometimes they can be hard to find during the first check. Fleas can leave a dog's skin in terrible condition and some dogs are allergic to fleas. I would also do as Viralmd suggests and take your pup to the vet for this condition, as well as a general health checkup.
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Old 12-25-2008, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Austin
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My golden is three years old and has had very bad skin allergies in the past, especially in the summer when it is hot and humid. You should definitely see the vet. My vet said Goldens are notorious for skin allergies. She put Jake on a twice daily multi-vitamin and an omega oil supplement. Jake also is bathed every 4 weeks with a special medicated bath shampoo. Also, every summer he gets a short haircut which is so cute that helps. He is much, much better since he has been on this regime. Once he had to be put on antibiotics, too, because some of the scabs got infected. Your vet can help your itchy puppy!
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Old 12-25-2008, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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When my dog developed a terrible itch and was chewing and scratching like crazy and had little hive-like bumps, esp. on his tummy, despite being on flea medication, the vet diagnosed food allergies and we switched to a hypo allergenic dog food that is made from sweet potato and fish. The vet said common food allergies in dogs come from corn, wheat and chicken..so check your ingredients to see what your dog food's made from...we now get Blue Buffalo fish/sweet potato dog food,and it works fine and no more itchy skins...there are other brands that also make a fish/sweet potato food that are good, too. No more corn, wheat or chicken for our guy...
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Old 12-25-2008, 04:44 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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What are you feeding him? Food makes a huge difference. Check out www.dogfoodanalysis.com to see how your food rates. You don't want to be feeding anything with a star rating of less than 4. We feed our English Bulldog Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream, which is a grainless food with fish as the only protein source. You might want to switch to grainless, though make sure the protein content is not high, since most grainless foods (Orijen, Wellness) are way too high in protein for pups. Ours has 25%.
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Old 12-25-2008, 04:49 PM
 
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Have him checked it could be a mange, allergy, fleas, etc. I bought a puppy from a breeder and he had sarcoptic mange, cost me a fortune to get it all cleared up and he still has skin problems four years later.
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Old 12-25-2008, 05:39 PM
 
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Could be any # of things mentioned above...Goldens are notorious for skin ailments. It could also be something as easy as adding a little oil to his food to help with dry skin. A vet will be able to tell you for sure.
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Old 12-26-2008, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Is the air really dry where you are right now? My little one has skin problems when the humidity gets too low. Turning on the humidifier clears her right up.
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Old 12-26-2008, 07:09 AM
 
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Have him checked it could be a mange, allergy, fleas, etc. I bought a puppy from a breeder and he had sarcoptic mange, cost me a fortune to get it all cleared up and he still has skin problems four years later.
I agree. It could be demodex mange too, which is very treatable, but a vet visit is in order (you don't want to treat him for the wrong thing or you can do more harm than good). Would also keep his nails short or his skin could bleed if he's doing that much scratching.
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