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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-09-2014, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Pulling his hair out?

My 2 year old, Onyx....keeps chewing and pulling his hair out. He's been checked for fleas, mites, food allergies, the whole nine yards. We give him oatmeal baths, and I feed him eggs and give him fish oil. The only time he doesn't chew (as much) is when he is on antibiotics. But 2 or 3 days after he stops taking them, he starts in again. And he only does this in the winter time. We're all stumped. Any suggestions?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-09-2014, 09:28 PM
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Seems to me that it could be dry skin made worse by the chewing. Onyx itches - pulls the hair out - some relief - than the hair grows back and when it does that it itches - so he pulls it out - again relief and so - it is nasty cycle. I know my Sting did that - started with a sore and he keep working away on it. I decided to break the cycle - whenever he chewed - I redirected with a his bear toy and encouraged him to chew on that. I also used a spray - Natural Touch Chew Not - it has tea tree oil which helped with the healing. I gave HomeoPet Skin & Itch drops also to help with the healing. Since it is dry here in winter - I use a humidifier at night - I also give fish oil caps. I have added coconut oil - 1 T. twice a day again for the extra fat. It a can also be applied topically but he loves the stuff and licks it off.

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Agree with Mary Beth!

The oatmeal in his shampoo is a Grain, which can irritate skin that may be sensitive to grains, making them itch more. I would suggest going to a health food store and purchase some Bonner's Castile Soap (this is pure soap NO chemicals) and Vegetable Glycerin (for moisture). Mix ˝ Cup Castile Soap, ˝ Cup Vegetable Glycerin, & 1 Cup Purified Water. Bath as usual.
Make a rinse with 50% Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (also from the health food store) and 50% Water (without Fluoride or Chlorine). Rub into fur, down to skin and leave it on, do not rinse. This will help with the itching.
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If it only happens in the winter, than he may be allergic to molds in your heating ducts. Plus forced heat can really dry out skin.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-13-2014, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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I put a humidifier in his room and he is now getting different fish oil caps and coconut oil on his food. Plus antibiotics for the nasty sore he has created on his leg.
Thanks for your help everyone!

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I second the apple cider vinegar treatment.


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