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    Itchiness? Ticklish? Anyone have a guess?

    So I've had my pup for 2 weeks now and she is a doll for the most part. She is 5 months old, the shelter (and posters here) suspect a mix of Australian Cattle Dog/Schnauzer/Maybe a titch of BC mix and she is 25 pounds.

    The problem is that she is incredibly itchy and ticklish. She is constantly scratching, especially her back end, she will be running along and practically flip herself over reaching for her back leg/thigh when it itches with her teeth. And she doesn't just itch her back legs, she scratches her face and neck and everything in between. She is always scratching or licking. The only thing she leaves alone is the tops of her front paws.

    I assume she chews on the bottoms of her paws because the trees are dropping really sticky tree stuff and it sticks to them, as I see her pull them out all of the time. But I have no idea why she is itching everything else.

    I cant groom her at all with any kind of brush, if I even think of going near her backside she turns into a little wiggly monster who nibbles your hands until you stop. She loves being rubbed and petted on the head and shoulders, but if you move too far back she uses her teeth to scratch what you just touched and and wiggles like crazy.

    Is it possible that she is just extremely ticklish? Allergies? Why does she hate to have her back half touched? Its even her belly, if you rub the end closest to the head you're fine, but go too far back and watch out for the nibbling teeth and instant scratching. And if I rub her where her leg starts twitching, it doesn't just twitch, its like she is trying to scratch because she moves her leg to the spot I'm itching, but wont scratch because my hand is in the way.

    She doesn't have fleas or ticks, I've looked for those multiple times already, she did have 1 tick right when I brought her home that seemed like it had been on for about a day and was engorged.

    Oh, and as of two weeks ago she was diagnosed with puppy vaginitis. She has completed a 7 day round of amoxicillan (twice a day) 6 days ago.

    I can't think of anything else that could be of help. Does anyone else have a guess?

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    Re: Itchiness? Ticklish? Anyone have a guess?

    I'm gonna go ahead and give this a 12-hour-later-no-reply bump

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    Re: Itchiness? Ticklish? Anyone have a guess?

    Could also be that her rear end in general is sensitive from the puppy vaginitis, but if she's finished two courses of antibiotics and it's cleared it's probably not that. It could be allergies, sure, but I'd question that if there's absolutely no skin irritation - worth investigating, anyway.

    The other thing is, that since it seems to be a consistent thing from a certain part on her body, is that it's possible that there's some kind of NERVE issue that's making her feel tingly/itchy/pins and needles-y. Because of THAT possibility, I'd probably hit the vet rather than playing around with diet or whatever.

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    Re: Itchiness? Ticklish? Anyone have a guess?

    My allergy dogs- had two pretty severe cases-- always started with their feet -- itchy and one time my dogs feet swelled up like little oranges and she went nuts licking and chewing-- tree pollens were a pretty big allergen to my 2nd dog (we tried to keep him indoor when certain pollen counts were high).... Also they would get a secondary yeast infection in their paw pads (musty warm smell) and little bumps on their skin that was treated with Keflex and a chlorihexiderm rinse occasionally... Hope it isnt allergies, but they can be managed with a combo of eradicating/ limiting exposure and some medication (prednisone is NOT great long term)....

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    Re: Itchiness? Ticklish? Anyone have a guess?

    My guesses:
    1. For allergies, the Vet can give you a handout of common over the counter meds such as benedryl and Claritin, that may help. I got a 300 pill bottle of generic claritin from Costco for $8 that seemed to help some of Shep's itchy nose allergies.
    2. Some dogs don't like their kidney area touched, just like they don't like the top of their feet touched.
    3. Rubbing some areas, floating rib, near their navel, will make them scratch - ticklish?
    4. Some dogs are 'ticklish' if you scratch up and down their spine.
    5. I don't know if viginitis is a "symptom" fairly easy to cure, or a disease. If it's a symptom, of something like a yeast infection, that might contribute to other itchy issues. You can phone the vet for opinions rather than go in immediately...

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