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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 12 Aug 2012 17:49:33 BDT
Poor dog! I understand your frustration. These are difficult and expensive. There are so many things that dogs can be allergic to, exactly the same as people. These can all be additive as well so keeping a strict parasite control is a good idea as one flea bite could be all it takes to tip her over to biting. Look out for harvest mites in her paws - tiny orange creatures often about in the autumn. A hypoallergenic food i.e. Burns Pork and Potato (unfortunately never the cheapest) or Chappie often helps but it will likely only be part of the problem. Cod liver oil to help the skin condition and a soothing shampoo are also worth trying. Malaseb is quite harsh if a yeast overgrowth is no longer her problem. Piriton can be used for dogs very safely and could help - ask your vet for a dose (they can often get it a lot cheaper than in the chemist too). Best wishes

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2012 14:03:03 BDT
Lyn Devon says:
My westie had serious skin problems. I found Dermacton on It's worked wonders for him. Good luck.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2012 18:58:28 BDT
Carter says:
I have a westie who appears allergic to everything !! For two years he has been on raw diets, hypo-allergenic diets., prescription diets, anti-histimines, anti-biotics, pro-biotics, steroids as well as every kind of potion/lotion imaginable. Nothing has ever solved it ! How much does the monthly serum cost you including vets fee for administering if you do not mind me asking. Also he suffers terribly from Flea-allergy dermatitis-I use stronghold each month and 'flea-flogger' in the environment but it only takes one bite from a *@# flea that he acquires from another dog to trigger it off. Its a nightmare.

Posted on 15 Aug 2012 10:57:45 BDT
i have a newfie who was eating her self so bad she was bleeding, i got advice and told skinners, its 20.69 a bag on amazon, and also use tescos own allergy 1 a day pills, 1.04 for a fortnight, i did get a vet to comfirm this was ok, i was spending 30quid a week on vet bills tht just werent helping her, 2 months in to using the food and pills and her skin is beautiful again and coat is glossy and none patchy any more, the change to the food was also none dramitic and no tummy upsets, and my other dog eats it also with no problems. id highly recommend this, we spent a yr trying everything, we even ripped out all our carpets changed washing detergents and cleaners in the house with no good results, i was going to get skin tests dun to find out but this could have amounted to800quid, the food and pills have workd, shes happy, we are happy

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Aug 2012 12:13:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Aug 2012 12:18:49 BDT
My 3 year old chocolate lab has had bad skin problems due to environmental allergies since I had him from a pup, he was scratching, licking chewing etc and loosing hair in places, I tried 3 different commercial diets including a breed specific one and nothing worked, he is now fed a raw diet which has helped him greatly and is not an inconvinience at all, he also gets a teaspoon of cod liver oil mainly to help his joints, I also used Yumega plus oil which you put into or onto your dogs food, its specifically for dogs with sensitive, itchy, dry skin and contains only natural oils including salmon oil, and since he has been on a raw diet and started with yumega practically no scrathing, just normal scratches like what humans get, I can't recommend a raw diet enough and Yumega plus. I don't use the oil now as the raw diet does everything I need it to for him. you can get Yumega on amason, but is much cheaper on the 'lovepets' website.
I hope this helps and I hope your dog gets better soon!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Aug 2012 21:03:10 BDT
Helen B says:
Hi Andronja

Just an update:-
Have gone onto the fish and potato kibble,salmon oil and seaweed regime and I think it may be working. Charlie seems to be scratching less. Got to say the change over was no problem. Lovely firm poos. I know this sounds gross but for a dog that was prone to severe bouts of the runs that would last for maybe a week (even on raw food) it seems to be a breakthrough.

Think we still have a way to go to be sure but am going to keep on this.

Thanks for your imput on this forum. Just goes to show that a problem shared could be a problem solved. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2012 09:46:49 BDT
well well the raw diet brigade are out in does not work for all dogs...try instead for a holistic approach...robbies holistic cuisine you can buy direct online...cuts out cereals, dairy, beef and all other hard to digest ingredients...just add hot water to rehydrate it is full of herbs and veg...and dogs luv it....feed no titbits and watch the improvement....i have switched over 30 dogs with skin allergyy diagnosis to this and all owners were amazed that within a few months dogs were completely clear of its what they eat that cause the majority of skin probs not allergy...hocus pocus

Posted on 17 Aug 2012 09:51:19 BDT
please dont feed dry kibble!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! try eating 10 cream crackers with no water you dont get half way........amazed how many people feed this rubbish and leave bowl down all choice poor dog cant possibly eat it in a sitting.. get real

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2012 10:53:51 BDT
Lenny says:
"cuts out cereals....."

One of the first ingredients in Robbies "Holistic" Cuisine is oats....a cereal!

" is full of herbs and veg...."

Everything that isn't appropriate to feed a carnivore then.

Looking at the ingredients list (the first two of which are rice, another grain, not meat!), it is no better than any other kibble style food. It's all about the marketing and they've sucked you right in.

Yes, the food may alleviate itching problems but that doesn't mean that the cause of the itch has gone. Just that you've stuck a nice band aid over it for now.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2012 13:07:59 BDT
Mac says:
this may help. apple cider vinegar.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 08:20:34 BDT
M. Goodman says:
Hi Lenny
I am very interested in feeding raw, I have read a lot about it and I am wondering what tips you might be able to offer?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 19:07:18 BDT
Lenny says:
Go to page 3 of this thread. I made a long post with how to get started with raw along with some links.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 21:49:11 BDT
Sally says:
I have a rescue Parsons terrier, now 16, with an identical history. Skin irritation which following a blood test was diagnosed as a wheat alergy. I did and do still use a Gluten free complete food but because the problem persisted I was then told to use Malaseb shampoo. My dogs problem is definitely worse during the summer, but like you I am constantly distraught to know how to help him. It did get so bad this year that even my vet said " I would not want to be inside his skin". He administered an antihystermine injection which worked wonders following which my dog is now permanently on steroids. These do appear to calm the problem but he does continue to scratch rub his belly on the ground chew his feet till they bleed. On one occasion my vet thoght it could be Mange but I useAdvocate flea spot on, so Mange was unlikely. My suggestion is to ask you vet about the Steroid Prednicare, which I give 1/2 a tablet daily and really does appear to help. Do hope this helps.

Posted on 20 Aug 2012 11:10:11 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Aug 2012 11:12:25 BDT
patmac says:
I had a black Labrador that had all the symptoms described including bald patches scraping her bleeding stomach along the ground sitting down and spinning on the spot biting her feet.had blood tests at the vets, prescribed steroids and antihistamines. Was told by someone who had had same problem it was a yeast allergy, all dog food is bulked out with bread products. We fed her James wellbeloved dried food and fresh meat and fish and rice. gave her yakult for about a week this stopped all the problems.We never had to use drugs again, and they only resurfaced if she helped herself to food she shouldn't have.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2012 21:27:36 BDT
Quellamanca says:
[[ASIN:B003ORNIDC Arden Grange Sensitive Ocean White Fish

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2012 01:16:53 BDT
andronja says:
Hi Helen,
thats really good news,
thanks for the feedback,
its nice to be of help,
we were disraught at the effect the BHFD was having on our girl and on this diet she's totally symptom free.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2012 16:22:03 BDT
S. D. Turton says:
We have a Fish & Potato diet with allergy-X included. If you check our site you can get all the data.
It may work and if you would like some free samples let me know and I will be happy to send you some.
Steve from Pawtions
email or visit

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2012 20:05:39 BDT
Norma says:
My black lab is eating and licking her feet until they bleed, we've had her on James wellbeloved dried food as that's all she's used to eating is dried food but she still does it, any suggestions please?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2012 22:32:00 BDT
Lenny says:
What have you already tried?

Posted on 22 Aug 2012 01:39:39 BDT
Eva says:
Reading all these posts really prompted me to talk about my own experience. I started with a very open mind and now have something that really works for my dog. He is a Rottie and came about 2 years ago with terrible skin problems...wet excema, chewing at his paws, scratching all the time, bald patches on his face from rubbing against his paws, diarrhoea, dirty ears/recurrent ear infections, eye infections, dull fur, seems like the list is endless. Lots of vet trips later, antibiotics, steriod meds and cream, anti fungal cream, eye/ear drops, antihistamines semed to treat the symptoms and not the cause. The general consensus was that this was an allergy and diet related problem. Apparently the likely causes are wheat and cereal based foods, and surprisingly beef and chicken. Two years later things are hugely improved. No wet excema this year, or bleeding raw patches, scabs, ear infections, eye infections and diarrhoea. What it took was a diet regime that he enjoys and has worked. I feed him Salmon Arden Grange with a primrose oil capsule and 1 sachet of lamb and rice James Wellbeloved wet food mixed in. He loves it and his coat is soft and shiny. If there is any sign of irritation anywhere on his skin (now rare) I rub a little aloe vera in and it instantly soothes. I am also very careful about never missing a flea treatment, as one bite can set off an allergic reaction. Just wanted to add - dogs are omnivores and not carnivores, although they cannot digest some grain based foods - hence the wheat avoidence. My dog loves fruit - apples, pineapple, oranges, all veg except cooked carrots. It took patience and perseverence to get to this point, but can be undone very quickly. Having had friends staying who would sneak him lots of titbits of sausage, chicken, ham etc it was only a matter of days before the diarrhoea and scratching started again.
Another point to note is that the scratching and licking can become habitual and possibly a sign of stress or distress. My boy also used to do it when he first came (he was a rescue at 6yrs old) and it was an anxiety thing. Distraction and play helped. He now has toys that he chews whenever he's worried eg during thunder storms or when the cat is coughing up a fur ball.
Hope this may be of some help.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2012 01:50:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Aug 2012 01:55:08 BDT
Lenny says:
I'm glad that you have had success.

Please dont be mistaken though, dogs are not omnivores, they are carnivores. That's not an opinion, it's a fact.

Obviously dogs are very adaptable (to an extent) and they are not obligate carnivores like cats are but they are carnivores.

Have a look at this link which contains plenty of literary references -

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2012 11:00:58 BDT
hi i have a yorkie 3yrs old who is the same i took her to vets who gave me malasab still the same so i put her on omega 3 fish oil caps and brought some cream called bite back its for dematitis and skin problems, its as work for her the black tummie she had has now gone pink she still has abit of a smell to her but keep bathing her in the melasab and put the bite back on and she fine you can get it of the internet the vets will not tell you about it because thay lose money but i reseach it and omega 3 fish oil caps are good for skin in dogs i gave her 1 in the morning 1 at night if its a big dog one in afternoon but get the bite back im on holiday down my van at the moment but you can email me anythink worth a try and i know how stressful it can be for you as well as the pet i got the bite back of ebay on the pet page it do"s work

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2012 15:10:40 BDT
Poochesnpuss says:
Try Gluten free dog biscuits - James Wellbeloved - even Tesco have some - and no other "treats".

It is usually gluten which causes skin problems, it is in wheat and barley etc....but you must buy gluten free, not just wheat free as normal wheat stuff is usually contaminated with gluten! I can't buy porridge oats myself for this reason (I am a Coeliac) so have to ensure it says GF on the packet. You have to stick religiously to the diet - even a tiny amount can cause problems, so none of your own gravy etc on it. It is worth it - believe me!

Give it a try - can take 3 months to improve so stick with it. Then it is life long diet.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2012 19:50:52 BDT
YUMEGA PLUS is the answer to this problem it is amazing I have used it on my dogs for a few years now and all problems have been solved. Malaseb may be irritating it more. google YUMEGA PLUS and get her onto it as soon as you can its an oil that you put onto food.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2012 09:25:19 BDT
Poochesnpuss says:
But no help if it is an allergy - if it is wheat and gluten causing the problem (and usually is) the only cure is totally removing it from the diet. Read all food ingredient labels - Harrinsons (or similar name) in bags at Tesco is gluten free etc. and not expensive! You don't need to buy it from the Vet at prescriptive rates. Do try it.
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