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12-05-2013 07:40 PM
Harry and Lola
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Originally Posted by Kaimeju View Post
Interesting. Did the hormonal imbalance have anything to do with low T4?
Yes low T4
12-05-2013 12:49 PM
GatorBytes Coconut oil works really well for cleaning out the ears, kills yeast too and soothes.

You want to look for cold pressed organic
12-05-2013 11:57 AM
Kaimeju
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Originally Posted by Harry and Lola View Post
I found another vet and she immediately diagnosed her with 'black skin disease' and this was as a result because she has a hormonal imbalance. She has been on macrolone (1/2 tab 2 to 3 times a week) and oroxine (twice a day).
Interesting. Did the hormonal imbalance have anything to do with low T4?

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Originally Posted by Nigel View Post
I think you are located south of spokane, so perhaps you guys are getting some of this arctic air? Zoey has some allergy issues as well, which are getting much better as she has matured, but the scratching/itching comes on with these frigid dry temps with her. Perhaps this may be compounding your girls itching as well as allergies? For us, coconut helps, very notable difference in just a few days. Good thread, lots of great advice, hope you can find something to help your girl.
Yep! It just hit us on Monday. Nice light snow cover and freezing cold mornings. It sounds like coconut oil is a popular choice for skin problems. I'll definitely look into it. Thanks!

I made her a few home-cooked meals over the past few days to see what would happen. Her scratching has gone away completely so far but not the head-shaking and foot-licking/chewing. Her ears also seem really greasy on the inside. I'm going to keep reading the stickies on these topics.
12-04-2013 06:58 PM
Nigel I think you are located south of spokane, so perhaps you guys are getting some of this arctic air? Zoey has some allergy issues as well, which are getting much better as she has matured, but the scratching/itching comes on with these frigid dry temps with her. Perhaps this may be compounding your girls itching as well as allergies? For us, coconut helps, very notable difference in just a few days. Good thread, lots of great advice, hope you can find something to help your girl.
12-04-2013 06:43 PM
Harry and Lola
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Originally Posted by Kaimeju View Post
She has always seemed itchy since we got her, I noticed she was chewing on her feet a lot too, and her ears became inflamed. They got to the point where she would yelp if you touched them the wrong way. So we went to the vet, and they did an otic exam. Swab came back "few cocci and yeast," she was put on antibiotics, no change. Now she has been on corticosteroids for a week and still no change, except that now she hates it when I touch her ears at all because she's afraid of the drops. The vet said it could be allergies but her only advice was to "simplify her diet." her skin and coat are in good condition and she hasn't damaged any of the places she has been licking or chewing.
I noticed about 2 years ago now Lola was scratching all the time, licking her paws, groin and armpit areas. He had always had problem with her ears, right from very young, they would on occasion flare up and go quite red and itchy looking, she was uncomfortable and they looked very sore. I took her to my local vet often and they just kept giving me expensive ear drops and creams to put in her ears, this cleared it up a little bit for a while but then would always reoccur. She then started to lose hair in her groin and armpit area and the skin was going blackish.

I found another vet and she immediately diagnosed her with 'black skin disease' and this was as a result because she has a hormonal imbalance. She has been on macrolone (1/2 tab 2 to 3 times a week) and oroxine (twice a day).

She no longer itches, loses hair, her skin is not blackish and most importantly her ears have not flared up since she has been on the medication.

Just something to consider, and keep an eye on these areas for hair loss and change in pigmentation so that you can then go forward and hopefully get a diagnosis.

With food, I would suggest you research good quality brands targeting skin sensitivity.
12-04-2013 04:21 PM
dawnandjr Love the apple cider vinegar. Just make sure it has the mother in it. Had to stop giving it to Yoko, turned my black dog, red.
12-04-2013 01:23 AM
Momto2GSDs Solid Gold Seameal contains Flax which makes some dogs itch, like ours!

Keep your ingredients for her diet at a minimum until you find out her triggers.

Coconut oil is good for them! But start with small amounts and work up: Dr. Jean Dodds' Pet Health Resource Blog | Coconut Oil: The ?Good? Saturated Fat

Food sensitivity test patterned by Dr. Jean Dodds: NutriScan is novel and patented and is not testing for food allergies, but rather tests for food sensitivities and intolerance. These are different body immune responses. Food allergy is a more immediate reaction mediated by production of IgE and IgG antibodies. Food sensitivity and intolerance, by contrast, measures a more delayed body response to offending foods by measuring production of IgA and IgM antibodies primarily in mucosal secretions from the bowel. Pet Sensitivity & Intolerance Test by Dr. Dodds for the 24 Most Commonly Ingested Foods

Try a mix of 50% Apple Cider Vinegar and 50% un-chlorinated water to wipe out her ears and to use as a rinse after a bath. Leave it on her coat and let her "drip dry". It will help itching! You can even put it full strength in her food! 1 Tablespoon per meal.

Moms
12-04-2013 12:59 AM
BowWowMeow There is a lot of good, detailed advice on this board about treating allergies with food changes and supplements. Use the Search function.

There is a sticky in the Health section for probiotics.
12-04-2013 12:25 AM
Kaimeju Thanks for all the suggestions. I am not opposed to trying a homemade diet and seeing if it helps. I have the time, and I like spoiling my girl. What sort of probiotics and supplements do you all use? What do you think of Solid Gold Seameal? Isn't coconut oil too high in saturated fat to feed very often?

If her ears get infected so badly again we might do an allergy test, but I had one done on myself recently and it was kind of a waste. I'm highly allergic to common molds in the soil. So what do I do, HEPA-filter my house and never go outside? Shots don't always work and they take years of commitment. I wasted $800 to know what I already know: I live in one of the worst allergy spots in the country and I suffer for it. Every time we get an air stagnation advisory I have to break out the Flonase, even with snow on the ground. Even so, some scratching is one thing, but chronic infection is another.


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12-03-2013 08:25 PM
llombardo
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Originally Posted by dawnandjr View Post
Sounds like you have not done allergy testing. Get bloodwork done. Last time I had one tested, it was only about $250-$280 I think and I added additional panels. I would have to look up the lab name (think it was in Ca). Any vet can draw the blood, fill out the form, and send it to the lab. That would be my first step in treating the itching. Also, start on some coconut oil in the diet. I also rub it right in on my dogs itchy spots.
Now I did try the coconut oil on the itch spots , mine decided to go for those spots even more but the steak treats cooked in coconut oil would work.
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