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Old 11-24-2010, 02:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Unhappy Skin issues - HELP!

We adopted a pitbull in May of this year, he turned a year old in June. He was living in a home with another pitty prior to us adopting him. Shortly after we brought him home, his skin started acting up! We took him to the vet because his was scratching, biting, and losing his hair. The vet did a skin scrape, said he was clear from mange, gave him a cortizone shot and sent us on our way. Two days later, it continued to get worse. We took him back to the vet for another skin scrape, still clear. Checked for fleas, started him on flea meds, no luck....Another shot, antibiotics, and benedryl. No luck. Back to the vet we went, continue antibiotics, gave us anti hystomene pills, and prednisone. He finally cleared up. As soon as the pred. and anti pills were done, it starts all over again!

I tried different oatmeal scrubs, sprays and creams to help aleviate his "pain".

We have had him at the vet a total of 5 times for this since May!

My poor boy looks terrible, and I feel terrible. We switched his dog food to a better brand, changed out his plastic bowls and got him metal ones, we are at our wits end for our boy!

If anyone has ANY suggestions, please let me know!! He is a BIG part of our family, and we are very frustrated!




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First you should ask the vet to possibly put him on a vet prescribed diet. My boy is currently on Royal Canine venison and potato vet prescribed. He used to have awful skin allergies but since he has been on this he has been doing great. Also betagen spray is something you can order from 1800petmeds it helps with hot spots and rashes (also need a script from the vet). I’m not exactly sure what kind of skin problems ur dog is having but this always helps my boy when i see a rash coming on. Also i use tea tree and aloe spray for his seasonal allergies when he licks his paws. You can pick this up at any petco or petsmart. I hope this helps!
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First you should ask the vet to possibly put him on a vet prescribed diet. My boy is currently on Royal Canine venison and potato vet prescribed. He used to have awful skin allergies but since he has been on this he has been doing great. Also betagen spray is something you can order from 1800petmeds it helps with hot spots and rashes (also need a script from the vet). I’m not exactly sure what kind of skin problems ur dog is having but this always helps my boy when i see a rash coming on. Also i use tea tree and aloe spray for his seasonal allergies when he licks his paws. You can pick this up at any petco or petsmart. I hope this helps!
Thanks, Ill check with the vet for new food I guess?

I just wish we could figure something out for him, it just keeps getting worse, I thought about going to a diff vet for a second opinion?
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a second opinion never hurts...maybe another vet will pick up on something the first vet didnt. Give it a shot. What kind of skin problems is he having? Rash? scabs? pus pockets?
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I feel your frustration!! My boy is only 6 mos old, and has had this same problem since he was a small pup! We have been in and out of the vet with all the same results that you have had . I believe he is allergic to chicken and corn, this is only my opinion, I have put him on Blue Basic food . Salmon sweet potato and rice , no other ingredients , we have gone through 2 bags now and I have seen some improvement. still has a problem every few days , but on the whole I think he has shown improvement. My guy " Tommy " is Brindle with mostly white head , paws and chest . I think the lighter colored pits are more prone to this kind of condition. What color is yours? Good luck and keep us posted if you find any kind of solution.
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I feel your frustration!! My boy is only 6 mos old, and has had this same problem since he was a small pup! We have been in and out of the vet with all the same results that you have had . I believe he is allergic to chicken and corn, this is only my opinion, I have put him on Blue Basic food . Salmon sweet potato and rice , no other ingredients , we have gone through 2 bags now and I have seen some improvement. still has a problem every few days , but on the whole I think he has shown improvement. My guy " Tommy " is Brindle with mostly white head , paws and chest . I think the lighter colored pits are more prone to this kind of condition. What color is yours? Good luck and keep us posted if you find any kind of solution.
It is not about the color, maybe if they were bred for that color. Alot of blue dogs that were bred (blue dog with skin problem to a blue dog with skin probs with a blue dog with skin probs.) It goes for anything. A dog with skin allergies from food bred to another dog with skin allergies to food for any reason (color, size ECT) the pups most likeyly end up with the same if not worse skin allergies. This is why it is important when buying a pure bred dog that you go to a reputable breeder. As for rescues I wish you best of luck finding the cure for your pups. Just was not gonna let the color thing slide lol
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I feel your frustration!! My boy is only 6 mos old, and has had this same problem since he was a small pup! We have been in and out of the vet with all the same results that you have had . I believe he is allergic to chicken and corn, this is only my opinion, I have put him on Blue Basic food . Salmon sweet potato and rice , no other ingredients , we have gone through 2 bags now and I have seen some improvement. still has a problem every few days , but on the whole I think he has shown improvement. My guy " Tommy " is Brindle with mostly white head , paws and chest . I think the lighter colored pits are more prone to this kind of condition. What color is yours? Good luck and keep us posted if you find any kind of solution.
He is black and white...
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He was on "chicken soup for the dog lovers soul" and we just switched him to canidae lamb and rice ...
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I was talking with Aimee and I think Allergies. Either from flea dirt, bedding, food, something. I would start removing and replacing things and see if you can find what is triggering it.
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We have already been doing that... No fleas... he is on advantix... we check him regularly... he was eating and drinking out of plastic bowls... we changed them to metal... he was on 2 diff foods so far... no treats, not table food... doesnt have bedding...he sleeps with me..lol...

just changed his food today to canidae lamb and rice... (heard thats good for food allergies?) also was told to try spring water instead of tap water??... Next I guess I will try switching clothes detergent and fabric softener??
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We adopted a pitbull in May of this year, he turned a year old in June. He was living in a home with another pitty prior to us adopting him. Shortly after we brought him home, his skin started acting up! We took him to the vet because his was scratching, biting, and losing his hair. The vet did a skin scrape, said he was clear from mange, gave him a cortizone shot and sent us on our way. Two days later, it continued to get worse. We took him back to the vet for another skin scrape, still clear. Checked for fleas, started him on flea meds, no luck....Another shot, antibiotics, and benedryl. No luck. Back to the vet we went, continue antibiotics, gave us anti hystomene pills, and prednisone. He finally cleared up. As soon as the pred. and anti pills were done, it starts all over again!

I tried different oatmeal scrubs, sprays and creams to help aleviate his "pain".

We have had him at the vet a total of 5 times for this since May!

My poor boy looks terrible, and I feel terrible. We switched his dog food to a better brand, changed out his plastic bowls and got him metal ones, we are at our wits end for our boy!

If anyone has ANY suggestions, please let me know!! He is a BIG part of our family, and we are very frustrated!



hi i have had similar problems with my dogs over the years. and i use the same cream and it seems to clear up most skin problems in pits and staffs. its called Benzole Benzadate you can get it in any chemist..its for humans with scabbies . it was an old dogman who told me about this years ago he also told me , that if it does not clear up the problem to use burnt engin oil. this i havent tried so i cant say weather it works. but the cream for deffo.. i wish u luck and hope its clear by now..
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