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Old 12-12-2015, 09:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been around GSD my entire life and I have a 3 year old GSD that last year during the winter he was very itchy. Did the whole mange treatment and by the end of everything it was spring time and the itchiness went away. Now it is back (same time from last year) and I've read similar stories on the forum about GSD being itchy during the winter (even though his skill looks relatively healthy besides some small red bumps and some small scabs on the ears). We're going to do an allergy test but I wanted to say this... He was with me for 1.5 years (2 winters) in apartments that had electric heating and he didn't experience any itchiness. Now I live in a house that has dual fuel (electric and gas). I don't know if this has any coincidence I just thought I'd throw it out there since some people seem to be experiencing something similar and no one has a definitive answer on why... even if allergy tests come back negative they don't test for everything.

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Old 12-12-2015, 09:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you tried running a humidifier? Makes a big difference in our house.
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Old 12-12-2015, 09:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Humidifier!
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Old 12-12-2015, 09:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Maybe try some oil supplements...I use Salmon oil, but I think flax seed oil is the same.
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Old 12-13-2015, 12:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah I've done the humidifier. It hasn't gotten dry enough to use it yet. The indoor humidity is at 60%. The vet said his skin doesn't look dry. I've done oils, I may do it again but all the things I've read of people having the same issues nothing has helped 100%. I'm just seeing if all those people are using a gas furnace or an electric to see if there is something in common.
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Old 12-13-2015, 12:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Fish oil took care of this problem for my dogs.
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We heat with coal and I keep the humidity at 50 and I also give coconut oil and krill oil, i wouldn't think humidity at 60 would do much good but that's just my opinion. Good luck!
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I had the same issue with Midnite when we moved into the house and the heat went on. I had him tested and one thing that was definite was Petrochemical.

"Petrochemicals are chemical products derived from petroleum. Some chemical compounds made from petroleum are also obtained from other fossil fuels, such as coal or natural gas, or renewable sources such as corn or sugar cane."

Obviously I need heat in the winter so I went the route of strengthing his immune system. No issues this year at all.
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Could it be dust and allergens from the heating system? Changing the filters more often or get those high rated filters?
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Could it be dust and allergens from the heating system? Changing the filters more often or get those high rated filters?
I have an whole house air system with the special filters, so that wasn't our issue. And thanks for reminding me that I need to change that filter
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