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05-23-2014 11:31 AM
pyratemom
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Originally Posted by Msmaria View Post
He is on a fish grain free mixed with a grain free buffalo. Hes been on this food for almost 10 months. Chicken made him very itchy with spots on his stomach, losing hair.

We have been using comfortis for awhile now as the frontline would irritate him at the application site. I know, hes so sensitive. Just this past month hes been very itchy especially after the trips to the park. Those nights hed be up all night scratching. Yesterday morning we had training at the park, it was hard to train as every time I looked at him he was scratching. We went straight to the vet, no skin scraping. He just looked him over and said saw some hair loss where hes been scratching, his trying to scratch his ears and especially base of tail , biting his paws and eye buggers and suggested I get him some shampoo to help remove dander and the itchies. Thankfully no ear infections.
Have you considered he may be allergic to bug bites? Raina is allergic to mosquito bites, flea bites, carpet mites etc. During the summer when we go out in the evening I put just a little bit of Burt's Bees Bug Spray on my hands and rub them together and then rub the inside of her ears and the tips. It keeps the biting flies off her ears and helps keep other bugs further away as well. I have to keep it away from her eyes and don't put it too far down in the ear though as it could be irritating for sensitive areas including her nose (the smell).
05-23-2014 11:24 AM
pyratemom
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I agree with using a shampoo with chlorhexidine. I use Allermyl by Virbac and it makes Raina's coat really shiny. She has food and airborne allergies and I have to bathe her every other weekend or she starts getting itchy. Before I discovered Allermyl I tried several others with different ingredients but the Allermyl worked best. There is also an antibacterial lotion called Resi Keto Chlor by Virbac for putting on the itchy spots while the dog is still wet. I also put it on with a wet sponge between baths if necessary. It really took care of the red spots. She is also allergic to bug bites.
Oops! I meant that Resi Keto Chlor is an antiseptic not antibacterial.
05-23-2014 11:15 AM
Msmaria
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I should be a spokesperson for The Honest Kitchen I suggest it so often. They are based out of San Diego. This food really helped us with itchies, skin irritations, but most of all GI irritation which you don't have to worry about. They have 4 proteins to choose from and grain or no grain formulas. Even though it does sound like your dog does have environmental allergies, it may be worth a try. Does a benadryl once in a while help Dexter?
Havent thought about giving him benedryl? Thanks for the idea.will call vet to find out how much. Unless you know how much to give 110 pound dog? I have read threads here about honest kitchen, but it seemed very expensive. I know if I switch him I will have to switch all dogs as they all want whats in the other dogs bowls, even though its the same thing lol
I ordered both shampoos, cant wait for them to get here. Last night when I got back from our walk I took a rag and soaked it in a few drops of tea oil and water and wiped him down to try and remove as much dander as possible.
05-22-2014 11:52 PM
Gretchen I should be a spokesperson for The Honest Kitchen I suggest it so often. They are based out of San Diego. This food really helped us with itchies, skin irritations, but most of all GI irritation which you don't have to worry about. They have 4 proteins to choose from and grain or no grain formulas. Even though it does sound like your dog does have environmental allergies, it may be worth a try. Does a benadryl once in a while help Dexter?
05-22-2014 10:35 PM
Msmaria He is on a fish grain free mixed with a grain free buffalo. Hes been on this food for almost 10 months. Chicken made him very itchy with spots on his stomach, losing hair.

We have been using comfortis for awhile now as the frontline would irritate him at the application site. I know, hes so sensitive. Just this past month hes been very itchy especially after the trips to the park. Those nights hed be up all night scratching. Yesterday morning we had training at the park, it was hard to train as every time I looked at him he was scratching. We went straight to the vet, no skin scraping. He just looked him over and said saw some hair loss where hes been scratching, his trying to scratch his ears and especially base of tail , biting his paws and eye buggers and suggested I get him some shampoo to help remove dander and the itchies. Thankfully no ear infections.
05-22-2014 08:44 PM
GatorBytes
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Originally Posted by Msmaria View Post
We just found out Dex is not only allergic to fleas but also pollen. Hes currently on Comfortis, monthly. Hes been scratching all night and day. Vet said to order Vets Best Shampoo and bathe him every two weeks.

There are so many different shampoos from Best Vet and I'm not sure which one to order? Has anyone used these products and does every two weeks sound reasonable? I don't want to dry out his skin and cause more itching.
How did you find this out?

Maybe he's allergic to Comfortis...think about it
05-22-2014 08:41 PM
Magwart There's lots of brands of chlorhex shampoo. I guess it depends on what strength (2%-3% is common, my vet recommended 4%). I think chlorhex shampoo helps a huge range of issues. I've seen it work wonders on a few foster dogs with nasty skin issues but no parasites. I was told to bathe them as often as twice a week for a few weeks, so I don't think every two weeks will be a problem.

Add some coconut oil and fish oil to the meals to add good oils to the coat at the same time, if those don't trigger his allergies. Also, what's he eating? I had a GSD who was always itchy unless she was on a fish-based limited ingredient diet. There are lots of brands, but we fed Natural Balance most of her life, and it was the only thing that kept her from scratching. Chicken and lamb kibbles seemed to be the worst for her.
05-22-2014 08:06 PM
Msmaria Think I will look into the shampoo with the Chlorhexidine, as Dex does suffer from food and other allergies also.
05-22-2014 08:04 PM
Msmaria
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Why don't you ask your vet which one would be best?
Because when he told me to get the vets best shampoo, he made it sound like there was only one. I went to the site and there's quite a few. I called his office today but he was in surgery. Thought Id ask here since there are so many dogs with allergies. Always good to get a second opinion on what works for this kind of problem.

He did call me back and told me to try the one with tea oil to soothe his dry skin.
05-22-2014 06:37 PM
pyratemom I agree with using a shampoo with chlorhexidine. I use Allermyl by Virbac and it makes Raina's coat really shiny. She has food and airborne allergies and I have to bathe her every other weekend or she starts getting itchy. Before I discovered Allermyl I tried several others with different ingredients but the Allermyl worked best. There is also an antibacterial lotion called Resi Keto Chlor by Virbac for putting on the itchy spots while the dog is still wet. I also put it on with a wet sponge between baths if necessary. It really took care of the red spots. She is also allergic to bug bites.
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