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Old 07-29-2009, 08:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Unhappy Loosing hair from itching!

I have a problem with my pup that is about to drive me crazy. She will itch and nibble to the point of loosing hair. Is this and emotional issue or a diet issue…help!
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Impossible to know. Could be an allergy to food, carpet, shampoo or she could just have really dry skin that itchs. Did she get in ants? I have one that gets big welts if she stays outside for several hours. I think she is allergic to grass. I would take her to a vet.
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I had a dog that was like that and i watched her like a hawk and would not let her scratch. I got some stuff called apple bitter and sprayed the spot she was itching and she can't stand the taste so she won't crew any more and now she just lays on her back and wiggles on the carpet. I allow that. hope that helps you. I have no idea about emotional issuse.
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PS. She could also have parasitic mites.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Pitcrew what areas of the body is she targeting?
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Ok first off where is she itching? How old is she?
It could be a few things...
1. Demodex mange
2. Sarcoptic mange
3. allergies, food or environmental

Bitter apple is great but you need to take care of the what is causing the itching, not just stopping her from itching.
Can you take a picture?
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We have gone the route of the vet. She has no skin disorders at all...was tested for everything from Mange to mites to yeast. He did suggest having her spayed might slow the hormones down and stop it...don't know...we do want to spay her but not right now...think she is starting a heat.

She will itch on ears, front legs from the chest down and sometimes on the toes. She also itchs on the area where the hind leg meets the belly.

The reason I was wondering about emotions is that she will do it like crazy when she is excited...when any one comes to the house...
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:41 PM   #9 (permalink)
 
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I will get some pitures...the vet said that the only thing left that he didn't test was allergies. I can't afford the cost of an allergy test...
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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We have tried rice and lamb...and ones with no wheat or chicken...we are using a brand called Black Gold.
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My does something similar when she's excited, but nothing serious like what your explaining. Not to mention she only does it every once in awhile. She doesnt nibble, or lose any hair from it though.
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oookay, well the first thing a vet is going to tell you to do is to switch to a single protien source dog food as well as weeding out the bad grains. I found this Dick Van Pattens Natural balance, it's a all life stages product. I currently feed my older dogs Raw, but my puppies are on kibble. When looking at the bags of Natural Balance, chose a bag that says L.I.D. to start your experiment to rule out her allergies, this change in food is necessary, and a fish protien diet is the most hypo allergenic.


Did your vet send you home with antibiotics for her? Often times, when allergies flare there is an infection that is created within your dogs body which makes their symptoms 100 times worse, but it's not the allergies that are making the dog THAT miserable, it's the internal infection. The dog will continue to get infections until the allergen is removed from their enviornment whether it's food or something they come in physical contact with.
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Old 07-29-2009, 09:02 PM   #14 (permalink)
 
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He did send us home months ago with an antibiotic. When we took her right after we got her she had a horrible infection on the skin around the right ear. Days after we got he she was raw and bleeding and when she would shake her head we would get a little blood splatter. She has come a long ways. When we changed to rice and lamp she started to get new hair growth on her ears...now I need to get her to stop itching all together...

I got some pitures and will be posting them soon...
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He did send us home months ago with an antibiotic. When we took her right after we got her she had a horrible infection on the skin around the right ear. Days after we got he she was raw and bleeding and when she would shake her head we would get a little blood splatter. She has come a long ways. When we changed to rice and lamp she started to get new hair growth on her ears...now I need to get her to stop itching all together...

I got some pitures and will be posting them soon...
This definitely sounds like a food allergy. Especially the way you describe the ears being a major target zone for her discomfort. Yes, switching to a lamb formula will help a little, but it won't solve the problem with all of the other possible allergens within the food. You should get another round of antibiotics from the vet, normally they give Ciprofloxacin ( basically a kill all kinda antibiotic). Try the diet change and a round of antibiotics. It's way cheaper than the allergy tests... I've done two different allergy tests... i know how expensive they can be. I had one blood panel allergy test, and a skin test... the skin test is more detailed, but if you can avoid having to do that by changing the diet it's way worth it.
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