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08-10-2014 05:14 PM
ofl52 What I use for my WGSD is a product called "PetImmune" by Palladius-it has all the dietary fiber, live microorganisms, omegas, fatty acid, zinc and digestive enzymes to promote immune support, digestive health, skin/coat health and to prevent digestive disorders, itching/scratching, hair loss and excessive shedding-recommended for raw and conventional diets.
I started this due to hair loss, itching/scratching secondary to possible flea allergies and it has done wonders for Skipper'D-The itching stopped, hair regrowth, shinny coat and at least 85% decrease in shedding and several other positives.

From what I have researched regarding mange-often it is brought on by stress and/or health issues that compromises the immune system and that dogs have these mites on them all their life in low numbers controlled by the immune response-Once the immune response is compromised the mites can take over causing the S/S you are seeing. Your 2 week trip might have been enough to cause the stress to trigger it...just a thought...

Diagnosing Mange in Dogs | Demodectic Mange Types and Symptoms

Good luck
08-10-2014 04:33 PM
Bob_McBob This actually ended up going away on its own after I originally posted last year, but it came back with a vengeance just recently. He keeps rubbing his entire face with his paws and on people and objects around the house. I got home from a 1 1/2 week trip yesterday and the fur on his face is noticeably thinner all over. There are patches that are worse than others, but his entire face seems to be itchy. No scabbing or skin irritation, just thin fur and clearly obvious itching.

I'll call and make a vet appointment for him tomorrow. Hopefully there is a well-defined and treatable cause like demodectic mange or a bacterial or fungal condition. I am always very wary of discussing skin irritation with vets because of numerous experiences with vague open-ended allergy/sensitivity diagnoses.
05-05-2014 12:50 PM
SharonH My dog Tommy had something that looked like this, that started when he was around 6 months, it went on for around 8 months off and on, allerderm helped him. It is a spot on skin med for dogs, you can get it through Amazon - much cheaper than the vet - I also tried Resicort, by same company and seemed to be just as good, the Resicort came in a bottle. Tommy did end up being diagnosed with hypothyroidism, my vet had not thought to test him for it right off, he thought he was too young to have it. Tommy was also loosing his hair on his side, and got little pustules on his chin and snout. Since he has been on thyroid meds he has not had another occurrence. Also in order to get the infection cleared up he was on I believe 30 days straight of anitbiotics, might have even been 2 months - sorry it has been a while. But I do know the 10 day standard anitbiotic regime just did not take care of it - so my vet (who is awesome, and has gotten us through, and been there for us through more than one health scare) said this antibiotic regime was something that was suggested for really tough, reoccurring infections.

Hopefully this helps someone
05-01-2014 06:15 PM
Harry and Lola
Originally Posted by SDG View Post
Anyone else been told to feed dry to clear up a facial area infection?
No, I haven't heard this one. I'm really not sure what the point of this is? Adding water and soaking for a few minutes is not going to cause an itchy snout or fur loss. If it were me, I'd ignore this piece of advice and continue to soak your dry.
05-01-2014 11:44 AM
Juliem24 Rudy has exactly the same look, with itchy eyes and forelegs, hair loss on snout. I've started Benadryl alternating with anti allergy supplements, feeding grain free and hydrocortisone cream for the snout. Seems to be better after a week and a half. Since it started after the tree/grass pollen started, I wipe him off well after being outside. Better after it rains, which washes the pollen out, which is why I am mostly convinced it's seasonal allergies.
05-01-2014 10:47 AM
SDG Reviving this thread, hope that is OK, because our girl (11 months) has the same thing. Took her to the Vet yesterday,and skin scraping showed yeast infection.

Vet said to :

1.) Feed her food dry
2.) Use only Stainless Steel bowls because ceramic can have cracks that harbor
old food particles
3.) Use some anti-yeast cleansing wipes on the area twice a day for 14 days.

I've always moistened her food and she is not enjoying it dry.

Anyone else been told to feed dry to clear up a facial area infection?
02-20-2014 12:55 PM
my boy diesel might want to look into
02-20-2014 09:49 AM
GatorBytes I would think zinc deficiency. Or weak immune system. Zinc is indicated for skin, hair and immune function

SeaVive (online - from Proper Nutrition) along with probiotic and digestive enzyme.

SeaVive is a combo product of bovine colostrum and SeaCure (a predigested fish protein that delivers essential amino acids, readily digested without taxing the pancreas as doesn't require enzymes to break down)....Bovine Colostrum was used back in the day as natural antibiotic before abx. were the go to drug. Colostrum is thought to work the way the thymus glad would to regulate inflammatory responses as seen in allergic reactions. Immune modulator.

If Demodex, then this would be HUGE help as demodex is a symptom of weak immunity. If allergic - again, colostrum contains immunoglobulins IgG, IgA, IgM
02-20-2014 06:25 AM
Harry and Lola It looks like demodectic mites, reminds me of when Harry had it when he was a puppy.

The only way to confirm is for the vet to do a scraping of the skin and examine under a microscope (they will see the mites if present)

I used a product called Advocate which worked really well on Harry and cleared up the mites, however he did get is again 2 more times when he was a puppy but hasn't had it for almost 2 years now.
02-19-2014 11:22 PM
Msmaria Greek yogurt and fresh blueberries. I read it somewhere here.someone had posted it helps the immune system. My vet said lots of puppies get it as they are growing so fast it can put stress on their immune I thought why not try it. I havent given it to him as much in awhile.
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