|09-28-2013 09:43 AM|
|LittleLady||did someone already mention checking the thyroid function? my dwarf has itchy skin & I use Melaseb shampoo on her which is highly recommended by everyone I know with dogs that have sensitive/itchy skin. hope you figure it out soon...|
|09-27-2013 06:13 PM|
It seems everyone's dogs are acting up with SOMETHING right now on other posts!
Here is something you might want to try:
1.Minimally processed food (not kibble) would be of GREAT benefit to your dog. A raw diet would be the best, but most people won't go that far, so the next best thing is a 100% human grade product, processed in an inspected 100% human grade facility. The Honest Kitchen DE-HYDRATED food is the only company that has this in the USA. It is the ONLY company that the FDA will allow to use the words "HUMAN GRADE INGREDIENTS" legally on their products and advertisements. And no, I do not work for them! LOL A 10 pound Dehydrated box will cost about $90 but it RE-HYDRATES TO 35-40 POUNDS. "Embark" would be a good place to start: The Honest Kitchen Embark Dehydrated Dog Food Here is the HK site: Human Grade Dog & Cat Food | The Honest Kitchen
2.Specific supplements: “In most cases, Elaine Reinhardt says, underweight dogs or dogs with allergy symptoms begin to improve within a few days, and within a month or two, they have gained weight, their coats have improved, bald spots have disappeared, and they no longer chew on their paws. “The food that goes in stays in,” she says. “It doesn’t come shooting out the other end as bright yellow diarrhea. Seacure, Digestive enzymes, Systematic Enzymes, and Probiotics provide the deep nourishment that helps with these conditions across the board.” It may set you back $100 bucks but better to get to the root of the problem and try to CURE it or at least control it, not just cover it up with meds from the vet.
Here are the specific products.
SeaCure given with meals (this is the powder made for pets which is easier to use but I use the capsules made for human use):
Reinhardt usually starts with the label-recommended dose of ¼ teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight per day, but for dogs weighing over 100 pounds, she finds that 2½ teaspoons works well. “Larger animals don’t necessarily need a greater dose,” she says, “and dogs who don’t need a lot of digestive support do well on half the recommended dose.”
Probiotic with L sporogenes given with meals: BifidoBiotics with L. sporogenes 60 Vegetarian Capsules (F) by Allergy Research Group
Digestive Enzyme given at mealtime: Zygest 180 Capsules by Physiologics
Systematic Enzyme given IN-BETWEEN meals: Wobenzym® N 200 Tablets by Garden of Life
If you know that your dogs sensitivity problem is environmental, especially for itching, you would use SEAVIVE the sister to SEACURE. SEAVIVE adds bovine colostrum to the SEACURE + Beta-1,3-D glucan, and vitamin C. to build the immune system and aide in MANY other conditions!
SeaVive: Products We use this one for us AND the dogs right now!
I hope everyone finds the right answer for their Fur Baby! Keep us posted!
|09-25-2013 09:30 AM|
Don't use oatmeal shampoo, if it's a yeast overgrowth, the oatmeal will feed it.
|09-25-2013 09:29 AM|
My dog has allergies too.
She's on Reactine, but I've also started giving her raw, LOCAL, unpasturized honey. The local bees are supposed to pick up all the pollens from plants in your area and there are trace amounts in the honey. It's like a natural exposure therapy.
Anyway, I'm giving this a try, so far I think it's working, but it could be a coincidence, or maybe it's just the Reactine. lol
Have you tried a medicated antibacterial/antifungal shampoo on your dog yet?
|09-25-2013 02:06 AM|
I read somewhere that Coconut Oil (ingested or topical) is supposed to help with skin conditions in dogs. Probably won't do much, but it's worth a shot!
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|09-25-2013 01:18 AM|
I just brought home kaya she's 3 months old.. We bought her from a pet store and ever since we brought her home she's been itching, and biting her belly and legs.. I've given Benedryl , oatmeal baths too and no relief. I think its grass ? Any suggestions it makes me sad she's so uncomfortable..
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|09-24-2013 04:27 AM|
I know this might sound slightly crazy, but have you considered she may be allergic to your lawn? Or something put on your lawn? My Dane is a mess for a week after coming into contact with a grass lawn. (Thankfully, we live in the desert, so it's pretty easy to keep her from coming onto contact with this...lawns are far too expensive to water...and get scorched anyway.) It may be contact dermatitis if she's allergic to certain grasses...the only way to know for sure is allergy testing.
Also, sometimes skin scrapings for Demodex can come back negative...even when there IS something going on...it may be worth it to do a second one. Those tests aren't normally sent out..they are done in house...if it is a mange mite, it would be long dead-and unable to be identified...before ever making it to a lab for identification.
For ringworm, (fungus) a culture can be sent out, but using a Wood's lamp in the clinic is often all that is needed. I hope your pup is better soon!
|09-24-2013 04:09 AM|
Thank you for the responses and apologize for not responding sooner. We took Eve to the vet and he is questioning whether she has separation anxiety and just anxiety over all. She is a VERY highly strung dog. But I'm always home with her day and she is barely ever left alone.
Unfortunately, she is getting worse :/ It's making it's way closer to the neck area and it's really upsetting. We've noticed recently that her skin is a lot more flaky and quite red in some spots.
The vet gave her a prescription for anti anxiety and we started it two days ago, but I'm NOT a big fan of this at all and don't really think it's the root cause.
Very frustrating and feeling even worse for her sake.
We get her walking around 3 miles a day and also get outside 2-3 times to throw a ball for 15/20 minutes so she gets lots of exercise and play. We also do random training with her if we think she's getting bored so it's not like she's doing this out if frustration or boredom
Not sure where to go from here, thinking an allergy test might be worth doing. Little nervous to change the food again as we've just not got her stomach settled and don't want to get into that right now.
Thank you for all the advice/comments and please keep anything coming you can think of. Were searching for a solution.
|09-17-2013 10:47 PM|
I have been dealing with allergies for 7 years now. I went round and round with switching food with no luck in relieving my dog's scratching and licking her paws. I had her tested and she is allergic to a lot of things in the environment. Without these tests I would have never known what I am dealing with.
Tests are not cheap, but it sure beats trying different things and waiting 6 weeks for any improvements. Tests consist of food, plants in your region, molds and a few other things.
|09-17-2013 02:23 PM|
FYI I read that oatmeal shampoo isnt's a good idea in case it's a yeast problem, it will feed the yeast.
Are there any red bumps, crusty scabby stuff at all? What is the skin like underneath? Red, rash, oily, flakey etc?
I would think with mange there would be raised bumps on the skin?
Have you tried an antifungal/antibacterial shampoo? I have one for horses that can be used for dogs made by Absorbine. You can find it at tack shops, it comes with a spray too. Might be worth trying?
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