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Scratching in Dogs and Cats

Posted by Jeannie (Beloit, WI) on 08/21/2006

I have 1 dog and 3 cats all of who are scratching non stop. The has bite marks and sores all over her under side. I am at a loss as far as what to do. I would appreciate any help I could get, including amounts of and what to use. All my pets share a common water dish which happens to be a 5qt. Ice Cream bucket. I'd use different if it wasn't for the fact that all are big drinkers and won't leave each others alone. Please help oh fleas and flies are also a problem. Thanks for any help you can give me.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
388 posts

Dear Jeannie: Assuming it is not a fleas and flies first, your pets appear to have the problem of fungus. Which can be quite contagious and cause extreme itching. At the same time it is difficult to see the cause. The cure is actually easy. Try mixing vinegar and hydrogen peroxide 3% 50-50 solution plus adding some water. For example: one cup vinegar plus one cup hydrogen peroxide plus two cups water. This is rather a mild solution, but if you are desperate, then just use it undiluted. Always start with mild solution first. Then add a couple of tablespoons of borax. Stir and dissolve. Get your cats, dogs, and carpets (or rugs) and soak them all in this solution for at least 5 minutes done twice a day for about three days in a row at least. Repeat weekly if necessary since fungus is quite infectious.

For fleas and flies, you can easily deal with this using eucalyptus sprays, or flea collars, or just bathing them regularly in borax