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

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Initial post: 26 Jul 2012 09:46:10 BDT
M. E. Leahy says:
I have collie-cross for about 10 years now, she was a rescue dog and is lovely but when we got her we were told she had skin problem nd over the years we have spent a fortune trying to keep her health. We were told because she had lots of white on her coat she was prone to this condition of scratching and sometimes her paws would bleed. We treated her with Malasab which seemed to help. Since moving to the country she has now developed another allergy. Vet told us it is a wheat allergy. I continue to use Malasab which seems to make it worse and she has developed bald patches on her coat because she is biting herself now. I have bought everything wheat-free for her - so her diet is perfect and I am at my wits end and my poor girl is. If anyone has any suggestions I would be so appreciative.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2012 11:07:36 BDT
Anti-lick Strip Prevent Dog Cat Chewing Biting MediumIt is very disturbing to see ones loved pet continually biting and scratching around an area that is obviously causing irritation.
It is good to see that you have her diet sorted and it may be now you need to break a habit that has formed in biting an original area of irritation.
Anti-LickStrip Prevent has been designed to stop licking, biting and chewing of eg minor wounds, skin abrasions, hot spots, lick granulomas. Anti-LickStrip Prevent is a pet plaster that contains cayenne pepper, oregano, lemon powder and peppermint - basically a nose and taste deterent.
Anti-LickStrip Prevent can be placed just above the carpal joints to stop interference with the feet or cut small pieces and place around irritated area on the body. The plaster has a medical grade hypoallergenic adhesive so can go directly on to trimmed hair.
For more information do contact Nurtured Pets on 0247 630 2222

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2012 11:52:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jul 2012 11:53:40 BDT
Lenny says:
M.E. Leahy

I would seriously consider a raw diet for her. I hear of stories like this on a daily basis and raw really can and does help.

You might think you have the diet fixed by getting wheat free food but there's a high chance that there are other things in the food that she is reacting to.

My first dog had terrible skin problems when he was a pup. Constant scratching like you describe.

I switched to a raw diet after extensive research and after a week or so the scratching stopped completely. I would now never feed any other way.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2012 12:25:09 BDT
Raw diets are good but for convenience a commercially prepared food ensures nutritional balance. Fish4Dogs offer cereal free, additive free, colorant free diets & treats that have been proven to be succesful in a range of scenarios. Would be worth checking them out www.fish4dogs.comFish4Dogs Finest Complete Regular-Bite Dry Mix 12 kg

Posted on 26 Jul 2012 13:54:02 BDT
Lenny says:
For YOUR convenience but to the detrement of your dogs health!

A raw diet is appropriately balanced and delivers all the vitamins/minerals/nutrients a dog needs.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2012 14:02:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jul 2012 14:05:13 BDT
Lenny says:
With regards to fish4dogs:

Ocean White Fish - this isn't species appropriate. Dogs are carnivorous animals and should eat a diet made up of primarily red meat, not white fish.
Potato - inappropriate for a carnivore
Fish Meal - again, this isn't species appropriate. Dogs are carnivorous animals and should eat a diet made up of primarily red meat, not fish.
Salmon Oil - this is okay as a source of omega 3
Beet Fibre - inappropriate for a carnivore
Brewers Yeast - inappropriate for a carnivore
Minerals - most probably artificially added in

Additives (per kg):
Vitamins: Vitamin A 22,500 IU; Vitamin D3 2,250 IU; Vitamin E 400 IU
Trace Elements: Zinc Chelate Of Amino Acid Hydrate 600mg; Copper Chelate Of Amino Acid Hydrate 90mg; Calcium Iodate Anhydrous 2.5mg
Antioxidants (Stabilised With Rosemary And Tocopherol-Rich Extracts)

All of the additives will be added in post cooking process as kibble is cooked at such a high temperature that all the natural occuring nutrients are destroyed.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2012 14:08:32 BDT
I think that is unfair. There are a number of premium brands that deliver all the nutritional requirements, are hypoallergenic and when guided by nutritional experts an appropriate diet may be identified. It is an untrue statement that a commercially prepared premium diet is deterimental to a dogs health.
As stated earlier, raw diets are good but often owners are looking for the combination of finding the right diet for their dog, along with convenience - especially if they travel with their dog.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2012 14:20:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jul 2012 14:27:38 BDT
Lenny says:
Hypoallergenic is just a term the pet food manufacturing industry have coined so that they can sell more food - it's a marketing ploy, nothing else.

It isn't an untrue statement that a commercially prepared premium diet is deterimental to a dogs health. Dry and processed diets absolutely are detremental to a dogs health, they contain a host of inappropriate ingredients which are inflammatory to a dogs digestive system - even the so called hypoallergenic ones. Since their introduction sixty or so years ago, commercially processed pet food has contributed massively to the overall ill health of the dog population of the world. Too many dogs die of illnesses which they simply shouldn't be exposed to or suffer from and it has a lot to do with commerical diets.

I currently have two dogs. Both are fed raw. I travel with them. I never find it an inconvenience to feed them. Even if it was an inconvience I would still do it, who am I to force a completely unnatural diet on a living thing? I would be less than impressed if I was forced to eat the same thing, day in day out for the rest of my days. Can you imagine having to eat muesli with no milk for every meal for the rest of your life?

Please don't add any negative emotion to my words here, I'm just putting my point across. I'm not preaching, I'm not dictating, I'm just saying :)

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2012 15:45:39 BDT
M. E. Leahy says:
Hi Mrs AJ, sorry - didn't mean to cause a cyber punch-up!!
Many thanks for your kind email. I will really give your suggestions much thought as I am so determined my dog is going to get better. Anhything people suggest I am going to try, something has got to work!!
thanks again

Posted on 28 Jul 2012 09:00:24 BDT
Helen B says:
Hi M.E. Leahy,

I totally sympathise with your situation. We have a 6 year old golden retriever who has a bad skin problem. He is constantly scratching. We got him at 2 1/2 from a lady who had had him since a pup who said he was actually bald at 6 months and had had him to specialists all over the country. We took him on and have tried all sorts to help him. NOTHING works!! The vet says he's simply a very allergic dog. He was doped up on 6 piriton tablets a day when we got him - was like a zombie!! He's now fitter, thinner, fed a raw diet (thanks to Lenny, but that has made no difference) but nothing helps. In fact this summer he seems worse. We've tried soothing shampoos, different diet, supplements in the form of oils and powders, manuka honey, plain olive oil, evening primrose oil and even trips to the sea to get salt water on his skin.

The best thing I have found is to keep him wearing a equifleece jumper all the time. It stops him from being able to scratch and it seems to calm him down. (sometimes think the scratching is like a bad habit he's got and he just can't stop himself). Ok, at the moment when it's really hot you can't really keep a jumper him,but on other days we do. The best place to buy a jumper from is They are much cheaper on this site than the official equifleece site. Charlie now has two, a posh going out one and an everyday one, complete with chewed holes!!

I wish you luck. It's awful to see your dog being so uncomfortable.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jul 2012 11:00:57 BDT
we have a white terrier whose skin was so bad it was always bleeding, we found no matter what we used was no good for her, but now we give her an antihistamine tablet every day and that seems to work ,her coat has grown back lovely although she still itches her skin its not as bad as she did and no bleedeing.

Posted on 28 Jul 2012 11:44:15 BDT
Lenny says:
These other itching stories sound like environmental and/or seasonal allergies e.g. dust mites or a whole host of other things.

Posted on 28 Jul 2012 12:04:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jul 2012 12:06:42 BDT
Mrs. Mo says:
We had a German Shepherd puppy who had constant rashes and was always scratching, We spent a fortune at the Vets, and nothing they gave her helped. Then, a friend told me to use Johnson's Baby lotion for sensitive skin (The white one) and as I was desperate by then, I gave it a try, and within a week she was so much better, and before the bottle ran out, she was completely better. I have since recommended it to other people with dogs with skin problems, and all have seen a vast improvement. Also, try 'Liverine Unction' an ointment and lotion for dogs that has been around since Noah was a lad. ( you can get it on Amazon, see link) It soothes the itchy bits and helps to heal any sores - it's marvellous.Liverine K9 Unction Skin Lotion K9 Unction Skin Cream 35g

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jul 2012 13:54:52 BDT
M. E. Leahy says:
Thanks so much - I will keep trying everthing that people suggest - it will be wonderful if it works. She has a habit of sleeping under my husband's side of the bed and I just realised (I can be a bit slow on the uptake sometimes!)that I use shake-n-vac on my carpet, so she is not allowed in there from now on. Will try this today - will let ou know if it works, thanks - really appreciate people taking the time to help.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jul 2012 13:58:23 BDT
M. E. Leahy says:
hve tried this too - no success I am afraid - but thnks for taking the time to offer your suggestions.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jul 2012 14:03:05 BDT
M. E. Leahy says:
I will use everyone's tips going to try Johnson's baby lotion firstly, if this doesn't work I will try your suggestion. thanks for taking the time really appreciate it!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2012 13:07:25 BDT
Tiana says:
Have you tried Evening Primrose food supplement from Groomers. I had a Yorkshire Terrier who we spent ££££'s on,special diets, shampoos from the Vets and trips to dermatologist. We were told he would always have a skin condition, his feet were bald and he took to going into another room to scratch. Not a happy dog. My brother saw an article in our local paper about a dog with simular problems and how it was now taking Evening Primrose oil on its food and its skin was slowly improving. Because it was a local company GROOMERS are based in NEWBURY I bought the Evening Primrose Oil supplement for my dog. It took a month or so to start seeing any improvement, but there was no more scratching and biting feet. He was a different dog, happy and healthy. I also used there Evening Primrose Shampoo.
Sadly we lost him at 17yrs but we still have a Yorkshire Terrier who doesnt have a skin problem, however I only use Groomers Evening Primrose Shampoo on him.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2012 16:37:36 BDT
K Maitland says:
There are many things that can cause the skin to itch from allergies to parasites to contact dermatitis just like in humans. I had a dog that chewed his feet raw, chewed and licked himself so that his hair was removed from anywhere he could reach and he scratched non stop. It was heartbreaking to watch him suffer and not be able to stop the itch. The vet tried malaseb to no avail, his diet was changed to fish and potato which he loved but didnt stop the itch, he had allergy tests done and found to be allergic to pollen and dust mites. We tried anti allergy injections which seemed to help slightly but not enough. He had steroids when it got really bad but they just made him look bloated and didn't treat the underlying cause. Eventually we gave him Atopica, an immune suppressing drug, he had it for 6 months and it worked. He never needed any other treatment, it was brilliant to see him free from the torment of continual itching and have a full coat of hair. Atopica is expensive tho. Every dog is different and it is important to rule out things relatively easy to fix like fleas first but I am so glad Atopica exists for my dogs sake.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2012 17:22:56 BDT
Bic says:
Thank you this sounds just like our poor girl. Is Atopica available from a retailer do you know or is it only from vet? Thank ou for taking the time to respond, it is appreciated

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2012 17:24:41 BDT
Bic says:
Thanks Rachel I will try this - have tried so man things - something's got to work!!

Posted on 29 Jul 2012 20:30:02 BDT
exmoor pony says:
have you asked your vet if your dog has picked up mites?? as i know that they can pick the up out of long grass

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2012 05:13:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 Jul 2012 05:16:08 BDT
VJ says:
I would totally agree, having fed my two raw for two years now, I will never feed commercial convenience c*#\ again. Have a look at Natural Instinct food which I cannot speak more highly about. Yes it maybe more expensive but it will likely solve the situation and you have spent enough time and money to date with no effect. Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2012 12:02:22 BDT
andronja says:
I have a bitch whith a rare condition, black hair follicle dysplasia(bhfd), which is manifested by large bald, severely itchy patches, she can itch so much she breaks out in large bald infected patches, I was told theres no treatment except topical applications such as steroid creams, she has been fed fish4dogs, salmon oil, and dried ground seaweed (a tablespoon) at each meal and her coat has been fantastic for the last two years, if I change her diet she starts itching within 24 hours, she requires no vet intervention now.

Posted on 31 Jul 2012 23:17:16 BDT
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Posted on 31 Jul 2012 23:21:35 BDT
Lauren says:
You might try Apple Cider Vinegar?

-Wendy Volhard, author of Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog, recommends spraying itchy skin and developing hot spots with apple cider vinegar. "Any skin eruption will dry up in 24 hours," she says, "and will save you having to shave the dog. If the skin is already broken, dilute ACV with an equal amount of water and spray on."

"My dog is a boxer and he has had a severe itching and chewing on himself raw, but the vets just say allergies give some predisone for a couple of weeks. Once med is gone he's back at it and sometimes worse ...So I came across this apple cider vinegar idea from this site. Gave him a bath with it a few hours ago hasn't chewed or itched. Put a tsp. in his drinking water and hes been drinking it right up."

"Try healing the sores from the inside first by starting out with a very tiny amount either in their water or food, by tiny like 1/4 teaspoon for one or two days. Increase from there to what the recommended dose is. I am not sure but my dogs are 50 & 100lbs so I use 1 tablespoon/day with them. Smaller dogs I am sure do not need so much. Once the sores are healed on the skin then you can do the spray treatment if needed."

"Pour over your dog's fur after a bath and allow to soak for one minute, then rinse."

"ACV has been used successfully for dry, itchy or infected skin problems. If applied topically to wounds and burns it will decrease the pain and promote healing. It also controls minor bleeding from cuts and abrasions. .... ACV should not be used internally for those dogs that have irritation of the mucosa (lining) of the intestinal tract.
NOTE: ACV should be used diluted for application to the skin. Place in a mister bottle and spray to affected areas. (BE SURE YOU DO NOT GET THIS SOLUTION IN YOUR DOG'S EYES.)"

"Apple cider vinegar (in its natural form from a health food store, not the pasteurised version from the Supermarket) is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, and deodorant; It helps digestion and to remove tooth tartar; prevents tooth decay and hair loss (even mange), it also prevents and heals gum disease and skin problems; and will discourage fleas. Putting a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar per quart of water in your dog's water bowl or on food can clear up most active yeast infections and prevent future infections. Apple cider vinegar tablets can be used if your dog refuses to drink the treated water or eat the food."
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