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Old 05-29-2014, 06:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My GSD (Buck) is 9 months old, and about a month and a half ago, started getting quite itchy, and scratching himself a good bit more than usual.

There are only two places where he scratches/bites (on both sides of rib cage), and as a result, has developed a few bald spots. I have taken him to the vet, he has all his shots, immunizations, triflexis, etc. His diet was switched from raw meat diet to chicken quarters while he was gone for four weeks during training. I kept him on his new chicken quarters diet, and about a week or two after training, he started the scratching nonsense.

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Old 05-29-2014, 06:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Has the vet done a skin scraping?
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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did skin scrape last week. nothing there.
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Hmmm... is the skin black and leathery? Red? Normal colored?
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normal colored.
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normal colored.
Interesting... my boy has had issues with mange, thyroid issues, and skin allergies all at some point... the thyroid caused black skin/hair loss and the skin allergies caused red skin/hair loss. Maybe a food allergy? It's not uncommon for them to be allergic to "common" protein sources like chicken... the itchiness starting shortly after the diet change really sticks out to me. Did the vet have any ideas?
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i would ask the vet for the shampoo that is specifically for yeast infection and try that. would also consider a behavior issue. hopefully gatorbytes will be along with some suggestions.
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My guess would be a food allergy. Maybe he's allergic to chicken. Have you switched him back to his raw meat diet?
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Dump the trifexis.

Heartguard if you are in HW area. Wondercide (Cedar oil spray) for fleas/tick prevention.

Need time to detox the trifexis

Give some time between starting heartguard and ending trifexis.

Use eucalyptus essential oil during this time to prevent mosquito bites. Add few drops to palms, rub together and fluff through fur. Stay away from eyes and direct skin contact
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Everything I've read here sounds exactly the same as my 2 but I have never fed raw anything or chicken, etc. as a regular diet. Went to vet, he checked for scabies, did the scraping with no results. Bought the med to treat for scabies and they're still itching. Now, while all or most of you I read about apparently can and do afford your the expensive stuff, I can not. However, they have never complained about what I fed them. But on to the point: I've tried everything I can do to combat the incessant itching so as a last ditch effort, I am currently administering DERMAQUIN once a day to their diet to see if that helps. It's only been about a week or so since I started so I'm not sure yet if it's results are satisfactory but I will let you know. One thing I have noticed though is that their coats are more shiny than before.

The last point I want to make is that none of the itching was even present until mine were on the second dose of Trifexis - interesting point, GatorBytes
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