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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-14-2014, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Scratching and itching.

My six year old Shadow has been scratching and licking him self. I have tried but many things but no solution. He is very playful and while he play doesn't scratchnor lick but when he stops he starts to go to town on him self. He has a low tyroid and he take medicine everyday. I feel so bad for him. I feed him wellness core and only natural treats. He also has problems with his ears time to time.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-15-2014, 12:05 AM
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I had the same problem with both of mine. Vet said it was scabies due to the fox population. Spent $115 for the treatment and they're still scratching and licking. Now vet says it's an allergy which is what I thought from the start and told me to use Zyrtec. So I'll give that a try and see if it works.

As a side note, my male itched so bad but couldn't get to it. As a result, he could only get as far as the end of his tail that he licked so much, he actually had exposed bone showing. I got it healing up nicely now. Make sure Shadow doesn't do the same.

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My guy had seven years of "Non Specific allergies' and an annual shot for 7 years. I started feeding and rubbing Coconut oil on him and the itchiness has all but stopped.

He had vet perscribed Fish oil and it never seemed to make a difference, the Coconut oil has! At the very minimum...couldn't hurt.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-15-2014, 09:46 AM
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Sounds like he could be a bit yeasty if his ears bug him too?

Maybe try doing a rinse on his coat with organic apple cider vinegar (with mother), and you can add a teaspoon of ACV to his feed once a day too. I'm assuming your dog is kibble fed? This can make their skin a bit alkaline, the ACV should help. I think it's one cup of ACV with 1 gallon of water for the rinse.

What food are you feeding? If you are not on a grain free formula, maybe try that out?

Is the itching year round, or seasonal?

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I commented to you on gibby's thread - your 1st post, not sure if you saw this so copying to your thread

1 - diet change - no carbs, RAW is the only way to do this
2 - look into "Armour" it is a scripted thyroid med but is made from "dissicated thyroid" and works on the T3 and T4, synthetics are only T4

Studies say that natural form is preferred (49% vs. 12% synthetic, other of no opinion either way)...with less side effects

Yes to the "raw, organic, cold pressed, hexane free" Coconut oil.
1tsp/10lbs of body weight, work up slowly as this causes yeast die-off which produce toxins, could overwhelm your dog if too much too soon.

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I have girl with thyroid issues as well, before treatment she was constantly scratching herself, she always had bad ears - red sore and always scratching them.

I have since put her on Oroxine (similar to Thyorixine), depending on how bad she is as it can flare up especially in hot humid weather, she gets 1 to 1.5 tablets twice a day. She no longer has bad ears and rarely scratches.

The other thing I found helpful was giving organic virgin coconut oil twice a day, they get about 2 tablespoons now, although started them on 1 teaspoon. CO helps as well. Also organic dried seaweed helps with thyroid

If he has thyroid issues and it is hot and humid where you live, you might have to increase his medication.

if your GSD is eating and eating and eating and losing weight - please consider testing for EPI.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-15-2014, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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He's itchy all year round but I noticed when he is in ac he is a bit better.
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