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05-30-2014 12:20 PM
Traveler's Mom 45 years,
You may want to research the list to review suggestions for adding coconut oil to their food. It also can be applied to their skin to relieve itching.
I am lucky and could afford Dr. Dodd's food sensitivity test. I don't feed raw either but now I don't feed kibble that contains chicken or turkey since the results were off the charts! You might want to go with your same kibble but just do a gradual switch to one of their different/other main proteins.

I found that Traveler seems to get some relief from itching particular spots when I spray then rub in some Vetericyn. I think it was Nancy that recommended it for hot spots but it seems to have this added benefit for us. Maybe it's just because it soothes the skin.

KVR,
Our vet recommended baths to. I manage to do it once a week- less than the recommended 2-3 times he suggested but at least it's doable. It's been working for us.

Lynn & Traveler
05-30-2014 11:43 AM
KVR The vet was not sure, his recommendation was the following:

Omega-3 (2 tablets daily)
Hydroxyzine (150 MG / day)

Next steps:

Discuss Heartguard & Cedar Spray w/ Vet
Give him a bath with Rx Shampoo
Start bathing him 3x/week with an itch soothing bath/condition (which is great because theres nothing better than washing a 90 lb gsd puppy who hates baths)

Somewhat disappointed with vets and their ideas...they really don't have many suggestions that cant be researched online through process of deduction. I guess its also time to start searching for a different vet.
05-29-2014 09:54 PM
45yearsofGSDs Everything I've read here sounds exactly the same as my 2 but I have never fed raw anything or chicken, etc. as a regular diet. Went to vet, he checked for scabies, did the scraping with no results. Bought the med to treat for scabies and they're still itching. Now, while all or most of you I read about apparently can and do afford your the expensive stuff, I can not. However, they have never complained about what I fed them. But on to the point: I've tried everything I can do to combat the incessant itching so as a last ditch effort, I am currently administering DERMAQUIN once a day to their diet to see if that helps. It's only been about a week or so since I started so I'm not sure yet if it's results are satisfactory but I will let you know. One thing I have noticed though is that their coats are more shiny than before.

The last point I want to make is that none of the itching was even present until mine were on the second dose of Trifexis - interesting point, GatorBytes
05-29-2014 09:13 PM
GatorBytes Dump the trifexis.

Heartguard if you are in HW area. Wondercide (Cedar oil spray) for fleas/tick prevention.

Need time to detox the trifexis

Give some time between starting heartguard and ending trifexis.

Use eucalyptus essential oil during this time to prevent mosquito bites. Add few drops to palms, rub together and fluff through fur. Stay away from eyes and direct skin contact
05-29-2014 07:19 PM
Pattycakes My guess would be a food allergy. Maybe he's allergic to chicken. Have you switched him back to his raw meat diet?
05-29-2014 07:16 PM
huntergreen i would ask the vet for the shampoo that is specifically for yeast infection and try that. would also consider a behavior issue. hopefully gatorbytes will be along with some suggestions.
05-29-2014 06:44 PM
LoveEcho
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normal colored.
Interesting... my boy has had issues with mange, thyroid issues, and skin allergies all at some point... the thyroid caused black skin/hair loss and the skin allergies caused red skin/hair loss. Maybe a food allergy? It's not uncommon for them to be allergic to "common" protein sources like chicken... the itchiness starting shortly after the diet change really sticks out to me. Did the vet have any ideas?
05-29-2014 06:07 PM
KVR normal colored.
05-29-2014 06:05 PM
LoveEcho Hmmm... is the skin black and leathery? Red? Normal colored?
05-29-2014 05:42 PM
KVR did skin scrape last week. nothing there.
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