|10-28-2013 08:40 AM|
Since you are giving him a bath, try making a mixture of 50% Apple Cider Vinegar and 50% water in a bowl or bucket. Pour on to small patches of the dog, starting at the neck, and work the mix into the coat down to the skin until entire dog is covered. Keep away from eyes Then let “drip dry”. This will help the itchies!
Another thing you can try is the Listerine and Baby Oil recipe that helps itchy skin. I know it sounds greasy, but it’s really not! In a clean spray bottle add 1/3 cup of baby oil, 1/3 cup of original Listerine and 1/3 cup of water. Shake the bottle to mix and spray on pet. Works well especially on dogs with dandruff and really dry skin. Rub it in. It is really good for dogs that get hot spots too. Always shake mixture before spraying pet.
Raw meat is GREAT for your dog! Instead of just using the "fat" from the beef (if you overdo it they will get diarrhea) purchase hamburger (has more fat than ground chuck or ground round) and give him a meat ball size every day. You can also use ground turkey (cheapest in the chubs in the freezer section of the grocery store). Start with smaller amounts until you are sure his gut can handle it.
Digestive Enzymes and Pro-Biotics can really be beneficial to his gut. There is a really nice combination of the two call Digest All Plus. From The Wholistic Pet. It's human grade and mostly organic.
The Wholistic Pet
You may also want to add some omega's to his food that would be helpful for his skin. The Wholistic Pet "Wild Deep Sea Salmon Oil" is a very nice product. The Wholistic Pet Just remember when purchasing salmon oils that the cheap ones may not have been tested for lead, mercury and PCB's. It should say that it is "free of pollutants and heavy metals".
Hope this helps!
|10-28-2013 01:46 AM|
I have found that contrary to my English Bulldog, GSD digestive systems are particularly sensitive to even the smallest change. This shows up in loose bowel movements which always make me feel so bad for him as he can't seem to eliminate completely.
I was thinking more along the lines of a particularly fatty food. My neighbor feeds his dog raw ground beef and thinks it has been beneficial for his dogs health. As you know, most beef is so treated that it is relatively safe even raw. However, I have my doubts but may start feeding him fatty-tissue maybe carved off of beef (from a good butcher shop).
First, will try to clean him for fleas. I haven't given him a nice warm bath in a while so it will probably do him some good.
|10-27-2013 10:12 PM|
I didn't think it could possibly be fleas, either, and they are impossible to find in that dense GSD fur.
Get a flea comb. I ran it at the base of his tail and found the offending flea in one minute.mi one is found, there are surely more.
If it is fleas, the whole house will have to be treated, along with the dog.
I have found that diatomaceous earth applied at the base of his tail after a good medicinal shampoo and thorough drying have stopped the itching.
DE can also be dusted in the carpets and around the house to get rid of the insects.
Just use care not to inhale it.
|10-27-2013 10:06 PM|
|Nigel||Have you tried fish oil or cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil?|
|10-27-2013 10:02 PM|
Before I was more educated on dogs, I used to feed whatever the petstore employee would say was best. I was feeding my dogs a chicken-based dogfood for a long time and I thought the itchiness was due to something other than food (afterall I was feeding them the best!). As soon as I switched over to Lamb based dogfood (healthwise but now Natures recipe) the scratching stopped. You may want to try that. Problem is, dogfood starts to get so expensive so Lamb/Beef may cost a little more but eliminating the side effects is worth it.
I have a feeling that the current itchiness is due to flea bites considering they are trying to make a last attempt at my dogs before it gets cold. But I would like to try to eliminate any skin itchiness that I can control. Problem with adding oils to dogfood is upsets digestive systems. I will look into it and if I can find something on my own I will post it here.
|10-27-2013 09:43 PM|
I am having the same problem with my 9 month old GSD. My hypothesis and my vets is that her skin us to dry, so I am going to have to change her diet.
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|10-27-2013 09:38 PM|
How can I prevent General Itchiness
My 9 year-old GSD always scratches himself a few times a day. On his back, behind his ears, bites his leg, etc. As soon as he scratches I immediately examine him for fleas or rashes. But always find nothing suspicious.
I have checked for fleas and his diet is lamb/rice based which doesn't seem to be the cause.
His skin is very pale-pinkish underneath his coat and wonder if he is genetically itchy such as having rosacea in humans. I spread hydrocortisone on his skin to make him feel better but would like to know if anyone knows how to stop the symptoms internally such as a food additive or supplement.