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Where's the Itch?

36 CommentsWednesday, 18 November 2015  |  Kate

Bid Whittet
Friday, 22 March 2013  |  16:53

It doesn't seem to mention food allergies anywhere!

Monday, 9 June 2014  |  15:58

We've written a lot about food allergies on here since, as separate articles. It's such a big field to explore.

Saturday, 7 June 2014  |  23:55

flea allergies are a real issue this year. I am looking for a reasonable Neem Oil. It is so expensive. Know any reasonable Neem Oil out there?

Monday, 9 June 2014  |  15:59

Hi Sharon. If you can find the money for the organic, pure neem oil it will last you for a VERY long time. It doesn't smell very nice but you need a tiny amount. It's well worth the investment if you can.

Monday, 13 April 2015  |  10:57

Hi Sharon

Neem is one of those 'you get what you pay for' products.

Buy the best you can, it will last a very long time and won't be adulterated. It's worth it, honest.

Jill Hopkins
Monday, 20 October 2014  |  14:49

I have been using neem oil on my dog for a week and she is slowly showing signs of improvement

Monday, 13 April 2015  |  10:58

Hi Jill

How are you finding the neem oil over the long term? Do you still need it or is it in the fridge now waiting for a bite appear?


Cathy Morgan
Wednesday, 8 April 2015  |  13:10

Have been using neem oil on my old cat for 3 weeks has had no effect on the fleas they seem to like it. Is it safe to put anywhere else apart from tips of ears. His belly which he will not let me touch is covered he lets me comb the rest of him

Monday, 13 April 2015  |  11:08

Hi Cathy

If they are that bad you need to get rid of them conventionally using a veterinary product. Older cats are less able to defend themselves against parasites, same with dogs.

When they're gone continue using the neem on the ears, back of the neck and under the chin a couple of times a week. That should keep them at bay.


Monday, 13 April 2015  |  11:06

Hi Jill

How are you finding the neem oil over the long term? Do you still need it or is it in the fridge now waiting for a bite appear?


Tuesday, 8 December 2015  |  17:47

Hi my shih-tzu dog has had an infestation of mites and fungal infection,the. Vet gave me antibiotics and a treatment to bath her in it did start to clear but she is biting again and her paws are in a mess,I've got cone on her constantly help

Wednesday, 9 December 2015  |  12:23

Hi Dave

Bath her in Skinny Shampoo, leave on for up to ten mins then treat her paws twice daily with Paw Balm. Both are on


Michelle Wood
Wednesday, 2 March 2016  |  18:44

Where do I get stuff to stop my dog itching face and armpits ?

Hi Michelle, look at our site I would recommend looking at diet for sure. But try our Ekoneem shampoo bar for both areas. The shampoo is gentle enough to be used around the eyes and all over the face.


Christine Barnard
Monday, 11 January 2016  |  21:30

I have a dog that gets really bad ears. I know when she has an ear problem because she gets itchy skin as well. The vet treats her with drops for her ears and a steroid injection for her itchy skin. I know she can not have long term steroids so what of your products do you reccommend I use? The ear smells and the vet tests yeast levels. I'm at the point where I feel I need to get her allergy tested

Monday, 18 January 2016  |  11:35

Hi Christine

It could well be yeast, in which case it's a carb free diet for your dog. Get off the dry food and treats and on to a great wet food or home cook / raw feed.

I notice you're in Australia, depending on where you are humidity is going to be an issue which is no good for yeast.

Yeast loves sugar, from carbs in dry food and treats, as well as the humidity you've got a right interesting problem!

I don't know a great deal about Aussie pet food, haven't come across a great pet shop yet but I'm usually not really looking when I'm there!

You will have a lot of kangaroo and emu meat I suspect which would be a great source of protein, add a few veggies and you're good to go.

Good luck.

Mary Marineau
Wednesday, 2 March 2016  |  13:56

Have you tried these ear medications for your dog
PhytoVet Ear Cleansing Solution and Derma Vet Ointment?
They cost more but they work.
My dog's ear's cleared up and she is feeling much better. Food allergies and yeast infection in both ears these meds cleared it up. Good Luck

Thursday, 3 March 2016  |  12:12

Mary, thanks for your recommendations. I have heard of PhytoVet and you're right, you really do get what you pay for with supplements.

Saturday, 16 January 2016  |  16:41

My bull terrier rubs her chin and chest which then makes her scratch. She is allergic to chicken. But although we have removed this from her diet and only has a vet diet, the problems back, any ideas? Thank you Jane

Monday, 18 January 2016  |  11:37

Hi Jane

Yes, get off the vet diet! Get off dry food as much as possible, onto a great wet food, add variety, do some home cooking and treat the itchy spots with Ekoneem oil. Adding variety to her diet through better whole food will make a massive difference very quickly. Visit our sister site for more information. We only opened the site a week ago but I'll be posting recipes on there for you shortly.

Sunday, 17 January 2016  |  9:39

Have a Westie he has usual Westie itch paws and under one arm pit have tried several products including several from vet that cost a fortune! Is there anything out there that actually works please?

Monday, 18 January 2016  |  11:39

Hi Fran

Yes, use Skinny Shampoo and leave on for up to ten mins, then rinse. That will take the itch out. Then daily with Skinny Cream which will keep on top of it.

I would look at getting off a dry food and treats too if that it what you're feeding to keep the simple carbs down.

Alan Smith
Thursday, 21 January 2016  |  22:38

Am desperate over my cockers manic scratching rubbing etc. Have read all the above with interest but am confused with so much detail He goes to the Vet tomorrow for testing etc. He eats dry food ( Pure )

Thursday, 4 February 2016  |  14:55

Hi Alan

It will be environmental, allergy related, parasites, food or stress. What does the vet say?


Wednesday, 3 February 2016  |  11:26

Hi Kate
After reading your article in the Daily Mail I purchased your book the dog diet, as I am lost to what's the problem with my itchy dog. She has issues with her ears since a pup,she shakes her head a lot and rubs her head on the ground after food. Recently took her to the vets as her ears were very sore with head tilting and shaking red and inflamed, could not find any obvious problem but put her on steroids and ear drops,as calmed it but not stopped the head shaking. At my wits end to know what the cause is.

Thursday, 4 February 2016  |  14:56

Hi Steve

It could be yeasty ears. What do you feed her? Also, do you use air fresheners or sprays in the house. Airbourne fragrances can really cause problems to dogs and babies.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016  |  16:32

Hi Kate
Thanks for the reply at the moment I am feeding her on Royal Canin Dermacomfort mixed with some cut up boiled chicken as she won't eat the kibble on its own. We occasionally use air fresheners but not often. She's stopped the steroids now but the vet advised me to carry on with the Canaural for another ten days as it was a little pink deep down ,improved slightly but still flicks her head as if something is irritating her. The vet could not see anything obvious with the scope ,suggested we try a food trial and blood tests to check for allergies or a possible ear flush under sedation not sure I want to put her through some of that.

Thursday, 3 March 2016  |  14:35

Hi Steve

Get off the kibble, try home cooking. I wouldn't like dry food every day and it's going to be costing you a lot of money. Sounds like it could be yeast which is caused by too many sugars in the diet i.e. carbohydrate which is simple, not complex and what ingredients become when they're being made into kibble.

Try a frozen raw food like Natural Instinct or Natures Menu, a good wet food like Nature Diet or the new one from Pure Dog. And make some recipes yourself. Your dog will love you for it, she will still be getting a balanced diet and her ears will clear up.

Valerie Kilby
Wednesday, 11 May 2016  |  9:48

Hi, Can anyone help me. I have a 9 year old long legged staffie. He has recently started constantly iching under his armpits, in his groin area and on his belly. The areas are red and getting sore where he scratches. He has hardly any hair in these areas but he has always been that way. The vet gave him antibiotics for 10 days, and the flea/mite drops on the neck, I was also told to give him piraton for 10 days. None of this has worked. I also have bathed him twice in Skinny Shampoo and left it on for 10 minutes each time. Although it seemed to help temporarily the iching has come back and now he has what seems to be little bumps all over his back. He has very fine white hair and it almost looks like he has little knots in his hair that don't comb out. I haven't used any new washing powder or changed his diet. Has anyone any idea what this is and how to treat it? I would really appreciate any help, my poor old boy is in a bit of a mess.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016  |  15:12

Hi Valerie

I would use the Skinny Cream or Spray daily on the itchy bits. Then I would look at diet. What do you feed, including treats?

Look at varying the diet, getting off high carby kibble and treats with ingredients you don't understand.

Email with more details.


Thursday, 12 May 2016  |  7:19

I have a gsd who will 1 year old tomorrow. He licks & nibbles himself mostly on his belly & his back legs, occasionally on his back & has been doing this for about 6 months. He was weened onto raw food & has been raw fed ever since. I have been giving him Yumega plus for around 2-3 months which initially helped but he has worse again over the last few days. I try to bathe the sites with.acv mixed with green tea & water but it's a battle to get this on him. His coat is in really good condition apart from where he nibbles, those patches are going a bit bald. Could this be an allergy & do you think antihistamines would work? I just want to help him but don't what to do!

Wednesday, 18 May 2016  |  15:15

Hi Trish

If it's not stress, or parasites, or air fresheners/washing powder I would think about adding a good supplement all rounder like Missing Link or Dorwest Keepers Mix. This will make sure that anything lacking is covered and that should help.

I'd not worry about the battle over the ACV as this will be causing stress you don't need.


Sunday, 15 May 2016  |  11:06

I have two dogs who regularly itch but recently both of them have been biting the base of their tail and a bit further up the back. They've bitten it so much the fur has come away. We supplement their diet with oil in order to help their coats and sensitive skin. We regularly give them flea treatment and brush them.
We are running out of options!
One of our dogs is petrified of the vet so we really want to take him to the vet as a last resort.
Please can someone advise

Wednesday, 18 May 2016  |  15:17

Hi Anna

Have you ruled out worms? Can you see any around the anus?

If that's all sorted then I would ditch the flea treatment and get them on the Billy No Mates which will help the coat. I would use Ekoneem oil (it whiffs a bit but it's great) on the bald patches. A week or so should see fur growing back.