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Old 12-23-2012, 11:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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my friends dog which is a pit has a huge skin problem. i know this isnt pitbull site just thought you all would have some great advice as usual!

she has what appears to be a rash.. she is starting to lose her hair.. she took her to the vet and basically they told her shes allergic to something but she has to figure it out on her own by eliminating things... so shes been trying that..

she also said she had an ear infection and her ear was swollen shut pretty much and she gave her some benadryl and has cleared up but she still jas this skin problem- i suggested maybe a yeast infection?? but idk she is itchy and licks n bites her self-- she said she gets like this a lot, itll go almost away and come back but more recently it got this bad when she have her a bath with regular people shampoo..

any advice? i suggested giving her plain yogurt as that helped my dog with his itchy skin...



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Never use people shampoo on your dogs. The pH is completely different and can cause itches. Only use dog shampoo and make sure you rinse thoroughly! I like to use Tropiclean Hypo Puppy Tropiclean Hypo Puppy Kitten Shampoo

Benedryl will only help with inflammation, it will not help with the actual ear issue. So I would start cleaning the ears out daily with a 50/50 mix of Apple Cider Vinegar and warm water. If its a yeast issue you need to add in some probiotics to the diet. You can order them online, a good one is Primal Defense.

A vet can do allergy testing. Its a blood test that will check for food allergies and environmental allergies. This will help your friend eliminate these things from the dogs home.
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i was just reading about apple cider on another post- also read about coconut oil -- would that be something to try being its irritated or raw ?

i figures they could do an allergy test idk why her vet wouldn't suggest that?

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Ok, when I responded there were no pics, lol. Looking at that I would have the vet do a skin scraping first to rule out mange. The redness under her neck looks like a contact allergy from her collar.

You can rub Coconut oil on all irritated areas. It will sooth it.

If mange has been rules out, I would then do some allergy testing.
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Has she done a skin scraping? Could be deomodex mange.
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I was thinking the demodex mange myself. I would definitly get a skin scraping done. My Murphy goes for her final shot this week & a follow up skin scraping. Hoping it's all cleared up.
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Ah that baby looks raw. If they haven't done the skin scraping I definitely would
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I agree with getting the skin scraping. If it comes back negative, I'd ask her about the dog's food.

What is she feeding her? I'd recommend a grain free food, if she's not already feeding one. Some dogs (like my westie mix, Maddie) are also allergic to potatoes, so if she's already feeding grain free, she may want to consider this possibility. Also, she could change the protein source. Unfortunately, it's going to be trial and error unless she gets the allergy testing done.

I give Maddie coconut oil and it seems to help some. The ACV/warm water ear wash sounds good, too. The ears sound like a mess, poor thing.

Another possibility is the laundry detergent, carpet/floor cleaner, even the Christmas tree! The list of possible allergens is endless, unfortunately...

Dempsey can't wear his collar in the house, b/c he's sensitive to it (we've tried several different kinds/fabrics), so she may want to remove it on her dog, at least until the rash clears up in that area.
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I agree with getting the skin scraping. If it comes back negative, I'd ask her about the dog's food.

What is she feeding her? I'd recommend a grain free food, if she's not already feeding one. Some dogs (like my westie mix, Maddie) are also allergic to potatoes, so if she's already feeding grain free, she may want to consider this possibility. Also, she could change the protein source. Unfortunately, it's going to be trial and error unless she gets the allergy testing done.

I give Maddie coconut oil and it seems to help some. The ACV/warm water ear wash sounds good, too. The ears sound like a mess, poor thing.

Another possibility is the laundry detergent, carpet/floor cleaner, even the Christmas tree! The list of possible allergens is endless, unfortunately...

Dempsey can't wear his collar in the house, b/c he's sensitive to it (we've tried several different kinds/fabrics), so she may want to remove it on her dog, at least until the rash clears up in that area.
she already does grain free.. i know its totw but idk what kind..

coconut oil seems to be the one people recommend so i will tell her to try that along woth the acv

thanks soo mich guys!!


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