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My dog's skin is driving me mad please help!!!

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In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2012 13:51:23 BDT
A. J. Clark says:
my dog has same complaint we give her steroids from the vets and we find if you rinse your dog every other day it really helps we also give her tuna in oil......sometimes the complaint can be due to over active immune system... are dog is now happy healthy and hardy scatches or nibbles herself...her coat is now glossy and full before it was bald bleeding and very sore.....the steroids are reduced as time go,s on.....hope this helps

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2012 15:20:46 BDT
I have a f/c retriever who is prone to flare ups of itchy skin. We spent a fortune on allergy testing ,diets,
shampoo ,evening primrose oil, steriod creams - nothing made a significant difference . We also have an equifleece and the company's cotton version for summer- the best cream to calm a flare up on her
tummy is Dermacton - it seems to soothe but also if laid on quite thick acts as abarrier against the
grass allergens . I also use diluted calendula lotion from Weleeda dabbed on any broken skin
Both of these products for my dog give some immediate relief but are obviously not a cure - good luck

Posted on 9 Oct 2012 15:29:46 BDT
Battycow21 says:
I have a horse who was very itchy, i had him bloodtested for allergens and discovered he was allergic to 26 things in his diet and environment. I have precluded as many as possible and he has been on a year long desensitisation program. He is immensely better, and whilst not totally cured he is a lot more comfortable and his skin looks great too. He is fed micronised linseed for 2 reasons, he is not intolerant of it, it has good levels of omega oils which help soothe the skin and it is good for maintaining weight on an old horse.

While i know your dog has a problem, i have posted this in case this is an option for you and your pet. My horse is a 25yo veteran but has shown great improvement. I hope this might help.

Good luck

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2012 19:48:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Oct 2012 19:57:19 BDT
watchwatcher says:
i have a parsons russell terrier he is 9 years old now every year i have a problem with him and his scratching dry skin it sounds like its the same problem, the vet this year has given him 2 steriod injections the last one being a stronger dose plus his frontline and a new shampoo and coat conditioner i have bought seem to have done the trick he has the odd fleck now and again but nothing as serious his bald patches are growing back aswel, so if your dog has been frontlined ask your vet for a steriod injection it will only last approx 3 to 4 weeks but it will calm her down and relieve the stress it will be caursing her and you i know what its like the name of the shampoo and skin conditioner is called Dermopt its on ebay at £20 and it works,also dont use fabreeze in the house this makes your dog scratch aswel
hope this help
best of luck

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2012 22:24:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Oct 2012 11:56:57 BDT
try a gluten free diet this is what we did with our dog and now he is back to normal hope this will help

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2012 10:46:08 BDT
Lenny says:
How is gluten in any way appropriate to feed a carnivore?

Posted on 10 Oct 2012 12:00:33 BDT
I have edited the above post....please read....... The food we give our dogs and in fact MOST dry dog foods, unfortunately have cereals in them to add bulk and YES they contain gluten, BUT since ours has been put onto a gluten free food and diet, they are both thriving and NO MORE itchy spots. Thank bills are expensive, and it was trial and error as we could not come up with a difinitive answer as to what was causing these itchy episodes. Now.....alls well that ends well.

Posted on 10 Oct 2012 19:46:20 BDT
Have you tried aloe vera, I use it on my chlorine allergy. My border collie has it in her food twice a day to help her mobility because of hip dysplasia. The aloe on the skin has a natural pain killer (help to stop the scratching), a natural anti inflammatory (reduce swelling and soreness) and scuffs off infected and dead tissues allowing a faster skin re-growth :

I wish you lots of luck :)

Posted on 10 Oct 2012 22:29:17 BDT
I have posted on this thread before about my dogs itchy problems, he is fed a prey model raw diet and barf really as he has fruit and veg etc, I thought he had a pollen allergy but it turns out he has a yeast infection, now with a combenation of his raw diet and apple cider vinegar and plain, natural greek style yogurt he is virtualy a different dog, his health is perfect, his itchyness has very nearly gone, his bald patches are practically fully grown back and is as happy as they come!
I give him 1 table spoon of ACV and 2 tablespoons of yogurt every day wih his raw food which he loves and I spray/wash him in a 50/50solution of ACV and water which again he loves, when I'm spraying or applying the solution with cotton balls he tries to drink the solution out the spray bottle!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Oct 2012 03:11:30 BDT
I would try feeding her a barf diet I had a westie and he had a bad skin problem and the barf diet sorted it all out and it only cost 20 pounds a month , I had spent over 1500 trying to sort out his skin problem then I tried the barf diet and hes still with me today running about like a puppy but he's 9

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Oct 2012 07:25:17 BDT enlighten me please. just what is a barf diet? i have never heard of it before now.

Posted on 11 Oct 2012 15:55:11 BDT
B.A.R.F stands for both, Bones And Raw Food or Biologically Appropriate Dog Food, 80% meat 10% bone 10% organ meat and 10% fruit and veg. variety is the key and some people including me fast their dogs for one day a week. You should feed your dog 2-3% of it's total body weight every day bar one if you choose to fast your dog, to maintain current body weight. I get meat and organs and fruit and veg from my local supermarket and I get lots of free meaty bones, chicken legs pork strips etc. etc. from my local butchers. You can either grind up the meat and bone together or as I prefer and what is better is to feed whole raw meaty bones as it gives your dog a good work out menatlly and physically and keeps their teeth really clean. My lab gets chicken wings or quarters which give a good bone to meat ratio mixed with different organ meat, minced or diced pork or beef, he gets different fish, legs of lamb, or cheap pork shanks or joints, lamb shanks, whole chickens or ducks, pig trotters fruit, veg and herbs etc. etc. I also get loads of cheap meat from my supermarkets reduced section, the meat is perfectly fine and freezes fine. When you read up on raw diets it can seem quite a lot to take in but do a little research, check out your local meat sellers etc and you'll be away. I usually spend aound £20-£25 a month on my dogs food. Dogs are very nearly 100% wolf and their digestive systems have stayed the same as wolves and their digestive systems are meant for a raw diet not commercial rubbish, no matter the price tag, commercial food is all bad.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Oct 2012 17:49:01 BDT
Lenny says:
Skip the fruit and veg (wholly unneccessary) and stick to 80% meat, 10% edible bone (not all bone is edible), 3-5% liver and 5-7% other organs.

I would caution against chicken wings, especially for a lab. Stick to bigger cuts. A lab could easily tackle a whole chicken. Let him/her eat as much as you think she needs then take it away by trading up with a toy or a small treat.

Posted on 11 Oct 2012 17:50:18 BDT
Lenny says:
Oh and there's no need to get hung up on the percentages, it balances over time, days, weeks, even months. Not every single meal needs to be balanced using the above ratios.

Posted on 11 Oct 2012 19:51:43 BDT
Battycow21 says:
Try reading give a dog a bone by an aussie vet someone cunningham i think.

I personally never worried about chicken wings being a problem cos chickens nowadays are so young (about 10weeks) when they are killed that the bones are really still soft.
I used to buy chicken carcasses from a whole sale butcher (usually destined to hotels for making stock) I used to get a massive trayfull for only a few pounds, andit often included wings and the tips off legs. I would portion them up and freeze them, and often even fed frozen with no problems (see wolves in the frozen north, their food is often frozen for months if they don't get a fresh kill.
I did also get meat scraps from a butcher and bones, i'd get the scraps they would mince for pet mince, but before they minced it so it was in lumps.
I did feed fruit and veg often the pulp for the juicer as my dogs will steal the berries off the raspberry bush and blackberries, the windfalls in the orchard of apples and pears, and the horses feed of oats and carrots, so i guess if you watch what they like then they must feel they need some veg in their diet or why would they eat it. Avoid grapes tho for kidney issues.
I also get sprats from the fishmongers - again wolves in the wild would eat salmon so why not my dog. It is very easy to do if you do meals in bulk and freeze in portions and just randomly select a variety, which will balance over a period of time.
I fed my Malamute pup this way and she was so healthy. It was amazing watching her plucking a pigeon or one of my chickens that has reached old age (i hate wasteing a life and the chicken would have fed the fox otherwise).

Good luck i hope it helps - it fixed my dogs anal gland problem where she would get infected anal glands.

Posted on 11 Oct 2012 21:35:32 BDT
Lenny says:
"I did feed fruit and veg often the pulp for the juicer as my dogs will steal the berries off the raspberry bush and blackberries, the windfalls in the orchard of apples and pears, and the horses feed of oats and carrots, so i guess if you watch what they like then they must feel they need some veg in their diet or why would they eat it."

Don't you eat things you know full well you shouldn't? ;)

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2012 19:44:55 BDT
I dont know if this will help - my yorkie developed pyoderma after moving near farmland. had the usual antibiotics etc. I now mix virgin coconut oil with her food and also rub it on her skin if it gets particularly dry. The oil is antibacterial and antifungal so it may work but should not do any harm, expensive but google coconutty for good prices. Its good for people too. Hope this may help

Posted on 12 Oct 2012 20:43:45 BDT
It's really enjoyable to watch your dog eating what nature intended! My lab is well trained on raw meat and no matter the size of meat/bone he chews it up well before swollowing. except once a while back when he gulped down a whole chicken drumstick in one! As i've said befoe my lab has also learned to pick blackberries of bushes, he will eat as many as he thinks he needs and can get. I had a great haul from my local butcher recently 5 big full bags of allsorts of great things for my dog to eat, meaty bones, chicken legs and necks, pig skin, bits of beef and lamb all manner of things and all for free! I also had a good deal on a load of sprats the other day. my freezer is half full with everything for my dog to eat, I much prefer buying everything for him in bulk, it's saves much more money and the benefits I have seen since switching him to raw have been awesome!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2012 15:50:24 BDT
I had the same problem with my rescue shihtzu, she was scratching and chewing her coat so badly that she had no fur on her tail it looked like a rats, that was in May this year. I took her to the vets and now give her a piriton tablet twice a day in her food. She has stopped scratching altogether and has grown a tail to be proud of, also a primrose oil capsule once a day. Good luck.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2012 16:02:39 BDT
sam says:
We have had westies that are known for skin problems, we tried head and shoulders (original) costs much cheaper than the ones from the vets and our vet says it is nearly the same.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2012 19:40:24 BDT
Sonjha says:
Hi, greenfingers,

Which aloe vera product do you use as I used to give my dog 25ml flp, in her food and the benefit was a massive decrease in her sympton's. However I'm unable to get the flp version any more and the H&B version doesn't work, presumably too weak.

Thank you for your help,

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2012 19:42:33 BDT
Sonjha says:
hi, growltiger,

The best flea treatment for these type of 'allergic' animals is advocate. I hope this helps as it has helped my dog with regards to the flea allergy side of scratching.

Posted on 16 Oct 2012 08:19:13 BDT
K. Stoner says:
I have just seen your question, agree totally with the Raw food diet. I breed dogs & one of their main sources of food is Prize Choice tripe with Rice or Mixer.
For the itching I strongly recommend Thornit Ear Mite powder (fantastic stuff & not just for the ears), gently rubbed in between the paws it kills all mites that are very likely to be the source of itching.
Also bedding can be a source of the problem, carpets, bedding even the glue that the lino has been stuck down with.
I hope this is of some help.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2012 19:03:44 BDT
GMP says:
Hate to say this but one of my dogs got a chicken wing lodged in his intestines and had to be opened up to remove it.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2012 19:27:20 BDT
Lenny says:
What type of dog?
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