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Old 06-02-2016, 02:29 AM
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Beverly'so skin is all red and itchy. It has been for a while. We've tried medicated shampoos and a couple of other things. The vet says to start her on benadryl but I wanted to see if anyone had any ideas? We haven't changed food or detergent. I feel so bad for her and she is giving herself bald spots!
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Could it be an allergy? Maybe something outside like grass?
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Could it be an allergy? Maybe something outside like grass?
She doesn't spend any time outdoors, really. It sounds bad, but she has a collapsing trachea and is potty pad trained, so when we do take her out she rides in a stroller or walks on the sidewalk only
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What kind of food do you have her on?

When I rescued Tango, his skin was awful! Red, scaly spots, some that were actually oozing, he scratched incessantly, he was bald in places and he shed so much I wondered how he wasn't bald all over.

Other than treating the oozing places with a topical antibacterial ointment, I did nothing other than change him over to a superior quality, grain free kibble. I think I started with Orajen, but I cycle through all the really good quality food so I can't remember exactly. My idea was to solve his skin problem from the inside out...find the cause (inferior possibly allergen producing food) rather than just treating the symptoms.

Anyway, the point is that other than changing his food, I did nothing else. Within three months his skin and coat completely reverted. Turns out he's double coated, who knew?? His skin smoothed out, he stopped scratching, his fur filled in all the bald spots, and his coat became thick and healthy and gorgeous...and all that from simply switching food from the inferior junk he'd been being given to a 5 star grain free food.

He does have environmental allergies, but they manifest in sneezing and congestion.

I can't help but wonder, as your dog is inside primarily, if it's the food you're feeding.
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What kind of food do you have her on?

When I rescued Tango, his skin was awful! Red, scaly spots, some that were actually oozing, he scratched incessantly, he was bald in places and he shed so much I wondered how he wasn't bald all over.

Other than treating the oozing places with a topical antibacterial ointment, I did nothing other than change him over to a superior quality, grain free kibble. I think I started with Orajen, but I cycle through all the really good quality food so I can't remember exactly. My idea was to solve his skin problem from the inside out...find the cause (inferior possibly allergen producing food) rather than just treating the symptoms.

Anyway, the point is that other than changing his food, I did nothing else. Within three months his skin and coat completely reverted. Turns out he's double coated, who knew?? His skin smoothed out, he stopped scratching, his fur filled in all the bald spots, and his coat became thick and healthy and gorgeous...and all that from simply switching food from the inferior junk he'd been being given to a 5 star grain free food.

He does have environmental allergies, but they manifest in sneezing and congestion.

I can't help but wonder, as your dog is inside primarily, if it's the food you're feeding.

I feed her Blue Wilderness (Blue Buffalo Wilderness Dog Food | Review and Rating). I have for years and she started these problems recently. I would buy her any food she needed but she does so well on it. I switched her to that because she was having bathroom troubles and now she goes twice a day! What about coconut oil?
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Are you using the Blue Buffalo grain free kibble? If not I would switch to that. I might try another food (please ease her into the new food over a week or so) such as Fromm for kibble, and stella and chewies for premade raw. As for coconut oil---this will help externally, AND internally. Give a tiny amount in her food (half of a 1/8th teaspoon to start) and build up to 1/8th to 1/4th of a teaspoon. Too much and she'll have diarrhea. So be patient. Use the coconut oil on her 'sores' to help relieve the itching and heal.
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Are you using the Blue Buffalo grain free kibble? If not I would switch to that. I might try another food (please ease her into the new food over a week or so) such as Fromm for kibble, and stella and chewies for premade raw. As for coconut oil---this will help externally, AND internally. Give a tiny amount in her food (half of a 1/8th teaspoon to start) and build up to 1/8th to 1/4th of a teaspoon. Too much and she'll have diarrhea. So be patient. Use the coconut oil on her 'sores' to help relieve the itching and heal.
it is grain free. We are happy with her food. She does very well on it and it is a 5 star food. I will try the coconut oil.
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Food allergies can occur suddenly, especially if you have been feeding the same food for a long time. I would definitely look at her diet first.
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