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    • CommentAuthorKelly
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2006
    It happens to Lola every time we go out of town with her--itchy skin! I don't know what causes it or why, but I do know that hydrocortosine cream is very hard to rub into pug fur. What do you guys do to help them? Thanks!
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2006
    where is she itching? do you leave her with the vet when yo ugo out of town? does her food change? any other environmental changes?Gizmo and Gadget's Dad
    • CommentAuthorKelly
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2006
    I guess it would help if I gave the details! She's itchy all over. She's sort of pink where I can get a look at her skin. She goes with us out of town and the environment is different--much drier or much more humid. She does get lots of treats from friends and relatives, so her food is somewhat different. Now that you wonder she's itchy. Thanks again.....
    • CommentAuthortmont
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2007
    She may have sensitive skin and/or allergies. Have you tried bathing her with shampoo for this type of skin condition?
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2007
    When Miguel was around a year old, he started getting very itchy. There were actually a couple of times where he chewed on his feet so much that he got them infected. After talking to the vet, we started giving him a Benedryl every four to five hours. That helped for a while, but then the itching got worse. We couldn't begin to guess what the cause was, so our vet ran an extensive allergy test on Miguel. We found out that he is allergic to all wheat and dairy products, in addition to a bunch of other things like different types of grass and cedar. Our first step was to check the ingrediants of his food and would be surprised how many supposedly meat treats are made primarily with wheat. We found that a cortisone shot helped Miguel for a longer period of time than the Benedryl capsules, but our vet encouraged us to try allergy tests. Thankfully my husband had to get allergy shots himself as a child so he knew how to give the shots to Miguel, because I don't think I would have had the guts to do it myself. At the beginning of his shots, he would get a shot every few days, but then that stretched out to weeks. Now he gets a shot just once a month. The shots do seem to help him a great deal, plus they don't increase his drinking and urinating like the cortisone shots did. Hopefully a Benedryl every now and then will help your little girl, but you may want to talk to her vet about getting her tested to see just what all is making her so itchy. Good luck!!!
    • CommentAuthorjaja2727
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2007
    NEED HELP....bubba itches his face and under his chin a lot! the vet gave me some antihistamine but its not working.
    and they insist on giving it to him. i know its textbook allergies ...bc he also chews his paws and nibbles on her hind legs. he will rub his face into the grass and blankets for itching his face. i think he is losing hair near his nose on one of his wrinkles. im taking him to see another vet.

    CAN ANYONE HELP?....also his back legs , when he runs are like a rabbit...the both go together. which i heard is not a good sign.
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2007
    i think there's some good advice above. i'd find a vet that deals with dog allergies, as well.

    how old is your pug?Gizmo and Gadget's Dad
    • CommentAuthorjaja2727
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2007
    went to see a 2nd vet bc i thinkmy original one doesnt bubba is 1 yr and 4months old
    went to see this 2nd vet and he gav eme special food from Eukanuba(which i dont like) but will follow
    NO treats strictly this food then they gave me Temaril P its for itching. we are trying to take one step at a time process of elimination. and he still has a baby tooth in and the 2nd vet said that needs to be taken out
    the first vet nevr mentioned that and said if it doesnt fall out we need to get it out
    i hate vets...hate dr. they are like non-human
    Matt...ur pug is too cute! boy/girl? whats ur pugs name? how old?
    my bubba weighs 24 lbs and i think he looks great the 1st vet said gotta watch his wieght but he also has long legs
    lol I DUNNO who to listen to anymore
    • CommentAuthorjaja2727
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2007
    ok so now he has bald spots forming on his gorgeous FACE! he doesnt have mites they tested for that
    WHAT TO DO? dontwant to go back to the VET and spend more moeny they said they would order these special wipes
    are they kiddin?

    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2007
    jaja, can you post a picture? That might help.

    Are the bald spots coming from his face rubbing or from something else? You might try ordering something called "malacetic wipes" on the internet. they're not too expensive, and they clean very well / kill yeast that might be on the face.Gizmo and Gadget's Dad
    • CommentAuthorpugslave
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2007
    First, I would recommend if you feel that you don't like the vet or he is not listening...SWITCH VETS. Even if you have been going to him/her for years and felt that you could trust them but are now feeling unsure...FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCT! I found this out twice the very hard way (lost one baby and spent over $2000 needlessly the second time all because I didn't trust my instincts...if you think your vet is not listening to you, you are RIGHT.
    As for the wipes, I haven't heard of these but I do know that alcohol on a cotton ball works great to clean their folds and although they don't like it, they know that "pug maintenance" is always followed by treats.
    I also have found that expressing their anal glands often relieves the itching. Mine have allergies and currently we are all taking Benedryl. I am also giving two of mine Prednisone for the bald spots as well as Benedryl and wiping the spots (they look like blisters) with Genesis. In the past, Genesis has worked like a charm. We had topsoil brought in recently that has really set them off and the Genesis isn't working as it has in the past. Both Prednisone and Genesis are prescriptions you can get from your vet.
    I hope this helps!
    • CommentAuthorpugslave
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2007
    PS I have four pugs, ages 10, 7, and two 5 year olds. My current vet is wonderful but I do know you can find very greedy vets that will prescribe unneccessary treatments. Even if they start out doing whats best for the animal they can change. This from someone who has been called an "overprotective mother" because I once took my eldest to the vet for an ant bite. Yes, I spend tons of money on my babies but they are worth every bit of it!
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2007
    i have a pug whoes a little older than a year and a 1/2, she only gets extremely itchy on her hind quarters (she makes her self bleed and it scabs over) when there is an extreme change in temperature, i.e. summer to winter, winter to summer, i know that there probably isnt much i can do, but i was wondering if maybe anyone knew what i could do to ease the itching and pain from her biting constantly. If i put a sweater on her she doesnt itch as much, but i cant very well do that during the summer time, she may over heat.. any ideas?
    • CommentAuthortonkamom
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2010
    Lindsi, My tonka has the same problems! He also has had an odd rash on his tummy since he was a puppy. The skin has black spots on it and sometimes gets red and irritated. Vets so far have been pretty un helpful always giving me an " uhhh... it’s a puppy rash very normal" but he’s 3 and its still there. My sister also has a pug and has been home feeding her since she got her at 12 weeks old. Her pug has no allergy issues. So I’ve started and since cooking Tonka’s food for him he has gotten tons better. It’s only when I get lazy and give him regular dog food, even it it’s the expensive stuff the vets try to get you to buy, that the rash comes back. So if you have the time, perhaps you should try it. You have to do some research to find out what is bad for dogs (onions, raisons, grapes, chocolate..ect) What I usually do id cook up a back of cali frozen veggies(corn, carrots, green beans, 2 $) sweet potatoes, and regular russet potatoes, brown rice, and a source of protein( ground turkey, eggs, lean ground beef ect.) then maybe rosemerry and olive oil for skin. It altogether costs me around 10 bucks to make I do a big batch. Then freeze it in small portions and just take the daily amount out to thaw. It lasts as long as a bag of dog food, tonka loves his food and he has no weight problems. I also give him a doggie multi vitamin (you can find at pet stores) everyday to supplement what he may not be getting. This has been working for us, hopefully it helps you!
    • CommentAuthorcole57
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2010
    My Valentino has had an itchy skin issue for almost 2 months now! :( First they said it could be allergies (even after doing a skin scraping), so after buying his antibiotics and it not doing any good, I took him back. He had several spots to where he just chewed himself raw and was bleeding!! :( I freaked out. Turns out he had scabies!! GROSS. We washed everything and gave him more antibiotics and meds to kill the scabies. Well the scabies are gone, but now he seems to have a new hot spot every morning. I'll put meds (another medicine I had to spend money on) on it and it will go away and then he'll chew somewhere else! It's like I'm chasing the hot spots! I can't keep spending hundreds of dollars every month. Any natural/home remedies you guys can help with?? Thanks so much!
    • CommentAuthorBrutus
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2010 edited
    this is my first if I am in the wrong spot to ask my questions, please forgive me. My Brutus in 4 years old and for the last year he keeps getting bumpy sores on his back and sides,they get crusty..and I could pull of the fur with the scabes. then he has bald spots all over. They itch him and he even chases his tale, like hes trying to chaes an itch. I have taken him to 2 diff vets. and he is given cephelexin and temaril. the medication works for awhile, then it comes back. I don't want him to have to be on drugs forever...I want to know what is causing this and what it is. Help;
    • CommentAuthorGibby
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2010
    I have found something that is very effective for itchy pugs. It is colloidal silver. Just spray it on. Don't worry about spraying it in the eyes or mouth, because it is perfectly safe to drink and does not harm the eyes. It can be purchased at health food stores.
    • CommentAuthorBVO0306
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2010
    I was just wondering if anyone else's pug licks their paws all the time? My pug is almost 5 years old and he licks like there is no tomorrow..What can I do? I feel bad for him, yet it's driving me crazy the licking!
    • CommentAuthorGoosey
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2010
    To Tonkamom - I know your post is pretty old, but the rash you are talking about with black spots and pink skin is called folliculitis. My puggy Goose has this problem, and the vet told me that because of his allergies and itchy skin, the skin becomes so irritated that it forms this 'folliculitis' and may never go away. It's harmless and shouldn't get worse as long as you treat the underlying problem (skin infection, allergies, etc). Once we realized what Goose had, the folliculitis seemed to have gotten a little bit better, but the skin still looks a little off colored and may just stay that way. It doesn't seem to bother him - it's the itching that bothers him.
    BVO0306 - Goose also licks his paws ALL the time. Sometimes he chews them to the point that they get sore and red... the vet says this is also common and due to allergies, whether to dust or pollen or grass from walking around on their bare little feets all day. My vet recommended that when their paws seem extra itchy, try washing them in warm water with some salt and make sure to get in between each pad to clean thoroughly. I had to have some help for this, my hubby held Goose while I did the rinsing. Also if we make sure to rub their little paws down when they come inside, with a warm wash cloth, this might help to remove some of the allergens from their paws.
    I think in general with the change of any season, our little pugs will become itchy. I feel bad for them... We've been dealing with Goose's allergies since July - he is 2 1/2 now and seems to be itching like CRAZY. I am not sure if it's because of the winter season here with the dryer air, or what, but he is currently taking fatty omega 3s, antihistamines, and antibiotics, and still itching. He sometimes gets skin infections, and is on a completely hypoallergenic diet (Wellness Duck & Rice Simple Solutions). Once we switched him to this, he seemed to be less itchy. But we still have this problem every now and then where we have to go back to the vet and start another dose of meds... poor little guy.
    If anyone else knows of a condition other than allergies that could be causing our pugs to have these problems, please let me know. I've considered changing vets myself sometimes, because this is just so frustrating... we feel helpless.
    • CommentAuthorStella
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2010
    I've had pugs for about 15 years...They have all had allergies and itchy feet/hindquarters. Our most successful treatment has been with simple diet and HYdroxyzine, prescribed by the vet. I've cooked pug meals, trying to isolate allergens, and have worked closely with the vet. After all that, we think it is also environmental -- Lots of real people have problems with pollen in Oregon! I think the best we can do is just try to keep them comfortable and attempt to at least limit exposure to food allergies -- (There is definitely something in the cat food that Sid the Vicious pug is allergic to, but he's always looking for a stray tidbit.)
    • CommentAuthorgkmullins
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2011
    I started bathing my pug with WEN shampoo and I really think it helps with the itchy skin. I get it from QVC and it says in the material that comes with the shampoo that it can be used on dogs. I've been using it for a couple of months and she has stopped the scratching almost 100% and she had been scratching really badly before that. I haven't done anything differently with her so I really think it's the shampoo thats working for her.
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    • CommentAuthorPugBuggy
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2012
    I suggest you use oatmeal soap. This will surely remove the itch. This wonderful soap also keeps the skin and fur of your dog healthy.-Natalie and my pug, Buggy
      CommentAuthorpug ranch
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2012
    As i give mine special baths i use a cap of apple cider vinegar,a cap of lemon juice,and a cap of white vinegar they have been fine since i started about a year ago with this also now and again i use the antihistimines not to often as the oatmeal does work good to.:smile:
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    • CommentAuthorSheedsMom
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2012
    I have a pug mix (I believe he's also part beagle, lab and chow) who has TERRIBLE skin allergies and chronic ear infections that nobody ever bothered to fix until I rescued him a couple of years ago (you can read the full story on his Facebook page: He also smelled like mold, which I'm told is the result of an over-production of yeast.

    The vet suggested that I give him Benadryl daily but I didn't think that was good for his quality of life, and it didn't help anyway. I tried every limited ingredient diet food, allergy shampoo, spray-on conditioner, etc., but nothing worked (although I found Natural Balance Alpha Dog Trout, Salmon Meal & Whitefish Grain-Free Dry Dog Food to be the most effective of all of them.

    I now feed him the Natural Balance Fish Grain-Free Dry Dog Food (available at Petco) mentioned above, mixed with one scoop of yogurt AND an Omega 3 fish oil pill one a day, and ALL of his skin, ear and odor problems are completely gone. If I go on vacation for a week and don't have the sitter give him the yogurt and fish oil pills, he immediately gets an ear infection, smells terrible and sheds all over the place, so I'm fairly certain that it works! He can also eat bananas and carrots without suffering an allergy outbreak.

    I highly suggest giving this combo a try. Best of luck!
    Does ANYBODY feed their Pugs pork? We switched to pork long ago (they've been eating roasted in the NU-Wave pork for well over 5 years) but we've got the itch again, bad. I have always cooked for these dogs, going on 12 years. I am leaning more and more to a veggie diet, rice, sweet potato, peas, beans, lentils, mushrooms, pinto beans, (smashed) but as always I try not to add too much of anything. These dogs are fairly picky, I could put "Felita Mignon" on their plate and they wouldn't even look at it! Silly puggies. They are very healthy and I NEVER take them to the vet.
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