itching till he bleeds

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  1. lay

    lay PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all,

    My 11 month old Shih Tzu is scratching himself till he bleeds.

    He had 4 scabs around his neck and was treated for this with cream and antibiotics. He has started to itch again, I found a fresh wound this morning on his neck. He also scratches under his front legs and his back.

    I have been to the vets and had his anal glands checked his is regulary frontlined and wormed. The vet checked him for flee dust last time and found nothing.

    He is on James Wellbeloved food and has a good diet.

    I sprayed him this morning with tea tree lotion to help his skin.

    Any suggestions of what else I can try??

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Nonnie

    Nonnie PetForums VIP

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    Could be a seasonal allergy.

    Could your vet refer you to a skin specialist? He could have a sensitivity test that way, and they can provide treatment for your dogs specific allegy if they find one.
     
  3. Kinski

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    Wellbeloved is a good food but it could still be something in the food that's causing an allergic reaction.

    Terri
     
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    Yea i have the very same problem with my dog, no matter what we do, or give him he still scratches alllll the time, we are still looking for something to work so will keep you posted when we do. (we tought it was his nuts been high in Protein..but not the case.
     
  5. lay

    lay PetForums Newbie

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    I think another trip to the vets might be in order!

    Does any one use Advocate? (apparently it is a bit like frontline) The vet said we could test for skin mites but it is expensive or I could just try and treat them with Advocate??

    Anyone else had any experiences of this product?
     
  6. lay

    lay PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all,

    I just thought I would update. Bailey ended up having skin allergy tests done. His blood results have come back and he is allergic to, Beef (highly) Pork, Lamb, Chicken, Duck. He can only have Turkey or White fish. As a main diet this is not too bad. The food brand that both my dogs are on manufacture a Turkey and rice food. Trying to find a treat's is quite diffcult. he likes his Bonios but all the varieties have meat deritives in which is obviously no good. We just ordered some Wainwrights Turkey biscuits which would have been perfect, only to find out they had poultry fat in.

    He is slowly getting better the vet said we should see results in two weeks. However within a week of chaning his diet he has improved dramtically. (touch wood it will continue)
     
  7. Nonnie

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    Thats great news, i hope he's feeling better now.

    As for treats, can you not use some of his food?

    Im not sure if the Jameswellbeloved crackerjacks would be suitable, ill have a look for you.
     
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    You could always get some treats from fish4dogs, brilliant treats and great for helping keep the dogs teeth clean.

    Terri
     
  9. Think you need to press you vet to do some tests if he has not done so already! Sounds very much like he has an alergy from something! Take food out of the equasion this could be litterally anything! Even flea bits and grass!!!!

    regards
    DT
    and strangely enough was talkimg to a SBT owner recently whose do was alergic to meat!!! TRUE!!!!!!!!!
     
  10. Burrowzig

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    I wouldn't use tea tree where there is any broken skin. It can be very harsh and I have heard (on this forum) it can be poisonous to dogs. Aloe vera gel is very soothing and calming for itchy skin, and can also be taken internally so should be harmless if licked. You can either get it in a tube (very good for human use too, for minor burns, sunburn, rashes, insect bites or just as a moisturiser) - or you can get a plant. Cut off a leaf, split it open and rub the inside of the leaf over the skin.
    There's also a company Denes that make herbal products for dogs and cats. There make a mite cream and a hot itch lotion, both of which contain herbs that help inflamed itchy skin. You can get it in some health food shops and some pet shops too.
     
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    i think the JWB treats should be ok, but id need to double check.

    burns do treats called ocean bites which are made of 100% fish. my dog adores them.

    for chews, you could look at ones by Antos, they have 100% vegetable chews and sea algae chews. they are really healthy and dogs seem to absolutely love them! we sell them by the shedloads in our shop! (the mini bone treats and sticks wouldnt be suitable tho - just the veg chews)

    heres a link Antos Ltd - Products
     
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    glad he's getting better.
    For treats, you could try dried fish skins which many dogs love (though mine ate one, sicked it back up and refused to even sniff them again). Burns do them, other manufacturers do too. In your position I would look at the websites of companies such as Burns, JWB or others who do good food for dogs with food intolerances and see if they do anything that would suit. Healthy Paws do gluten free vegan biscuit treats for dogs in peanut butter or fruit flavour - sounds weird but my dog really likes the fruit (apple and banana) ones.
    Of course dogs don't have to eat dog products. Think of what human food he would like (no VAT on most of it too)! You could also buy a turkey, cook it, freeze it into portions. Or cheese is a good treat if he can tolerate it - is he OK with dairy products? Another thing mine likes is rice cakes, cheese oatcakes or ginger oat biscuits. How about ocean sticks?
     
  13. lay

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    Hi all,

    Thanks so much for the helpful hints in dogs treats I am going to have a look this evening and hopefully order some.

    He is currently having Wainwrights vegtable sticks, I cut them up as they are rather large.

    He is allergic to cows milk so cheese is no good either - this was always their treat after a brush and having eyes and ears cleaned each night.

    He is so much better, still itches more than my bitch but I am putting this down to habbit and trying to ignore him, whilst he is not breaking his skin I am not worried.

    Thanks again everyone! x
     
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