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Old 09-27-2018, 02:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Question Genetic Skin Problem???

Hey all! Im a first time pit bull owner myself. I love my furbaby with all my heart and have had pit bulls before but she is my first personal pit bull. She is light in coloration, definitely a fawn color... MY QUESTION IS, what can i do to ease her flare ups? She has months without flare ups when her skin looks good and her hair is fully grown in, but then there are weeks where her hair starts falling out and she gets sores on her stomach and she is incredibly itchy. My husband and I thought it was a starch allergy and so we switched to Merrick brand with no potatoes or sweet potatoes and also started giving her fish oil and it seemed to work instantly but now, she is starting to flare up again and her hair is falling out and the sores on her tummy have returned. Should i switch her to a raw diet? should I take her to a dermatologist? I took her to another vet and he ruled out any kind of mange and said it was most likely just genetics because of her coloration. SO PLEASE HELP CUZ SHE IS ITCHY AND I HAVE RUN OUT OF IDEAS!!!
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Find some local bee pollen and start very slowly adding that to her diet. It will help her build up her immune system against environmental allergies. Adding a probiotic and ACV with the mother will also help he immune system to fight the allergies. Duxo products are amazing as is coconut oil for topical relief from the hives and itchiness.
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Hey all! Im a first time pit bull owner myself. I love my furbaby with all my heart and have had pit bulls before but she is my first personal pit bull. She is light in coloration, definitely a fawn color... MY QUESTION IS, what can i do to ease her flare ups? She has months without flare ups when her skin looks good and her hair is fully grown in, but then there are weeks where her hair starts falling out and she gets sores on her stomach and she is incredibly itchy. My husband and I thought it was a starch allergy and so we switched to Merrick brand with no potatoes or sweet potatoes and also started giving her fish oil and it seemed to work instantly but now, she is starting to flare up again and her hair is falling out and the sores on her tummy have returned. Should i switch her to a raw diet? should I take her to a dermatologist? I took her to another vet and he ruled out any kind of mange and said it was most likely just genetics because of her coloration. SO PLEASE HELP CUZ SHE IS ITCHY AND I HAVE RUN OUT OF IDEAS!!!
My 10 yr old pit has same issues. Loses hair in armpits, hard, neck, ears, etc.

I completely changed her diet. Never realized how horrible dog food really is until I started reading labels. Have her on canned salmon and grain free organic small salmon kibble. I use a food processor and add carrots, blueberries, broccoli, etc. Cut out table food. Give her canned tuna for snack, grain free organic dog treats.

I started researching oils because she gets skin plack which looks like it human psoriasis. I found a products for african women called Hollywood Beauty - tea tree oil. It has anti fungal fighters, aloevera, mint, sunflower oil, tea tree oil, rose hops, seed oils, lemon, root extract, vitamin e, and does have peanut oil in it. I have had sucess with using this product. In 3 weeks her hair is coming back and skin has been showing vast improvement. Every 3-4 days I massage into her dry areas, legs, feet, ears, face, neck, armpits, etc. So far no bad reactions.

I found a company online that tests dog hair for 300 allergies both food and environmental. It costs about 147.00 which beats thousands in vet bill's for skin scraping, bloodwork, hair samples, etc. Link below:

https://affordablepettest.com/produc...rgy-test-pets/

I'll add update once I get the results.

So far the diet change, frequent baths 3-4 a month ( I use puppy hypo allergenic, dye free, grain free shampoo), and 1.5-2 times weekly rubdown with tea tree oil have helped her skin.

Also make sure your dog doesn't have fleas. My dog is highly allergic. I believe that is what started this last skin problem. A simple trip to the vet turned into skin hell.

I hope you find some relief for your dog. These pictures are updated today from 3 weeks ago when her neck was bald, head full of scabs, right ear was completely bald her legs, upper arms half bald, she had balding freddy Kruger like scratches on her sides and she had severe blisters and bumps under her armpits.

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Tea Tree oil is not the best choice for dogs. It can be toxic. There are better options out there for topical use. Coconut oil and Duoxo products are my preference.
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Hey all! Im a first time pit bull owner myself. I love my furbaby with all my heart and have had pit bulls before but she is my first personal pit bull. She is light in coloration, definitely a fawn color... MY QUESTION IS, what can i do to ease her flare ups? She has months without flare ups when her skin looks good and her hair is fully grown in, but then there are weeks where her hair starts falling out and she gets sores on her stomach and she is incredibly itchy. My husband and I thought it was a starch allergy and so we switched to Merrick brand with no potatoes or sweet potatoes and also started giving her fish oil and it seemed to work instantly but now, she is starting to flare up again and her hair is falling out and the sores on her tummy have returned. Should i switch her to a raw diet? should I take her to a dermatologist? I took her to another vet and he ruled out any kind of mange and said it was most likely just genetics because of her coloration. SO PLEASE HELP CUZ SHE IS ITCHY AND I HAVE RUN OUT OF IDEAS!!!
My 6 year old pup underwent a HORRIBLE outbreak of hives (covered every inch of his body & face). It was painful to see. After quick research, I decided to give him 1 tablet of Aleve "non drowsy" mixed in with a bit of food. 2-3 hours after consumption the swelling from the hives began to ease up, and he was finally able to lay/sleep without trying to itch somewhere on his body, 5-6hrs after consumption and the hives were completely gone. Since then he's had two more outbreaks but not nearly as bad since I spotted the hives early and immediately gave him Aleve. I feed him Acuna beef and pumpkin. I believe the outbreak was environmental but I can't identify what exactly. Multiple vets and online vets say that pit bulls typically have a lot of allergy issues? Unsure whether that's true or not. But I hope this helps you to not worry if your pup ever has another outbreak. 🙂
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DO NOT GIVE YOUR DOG NAPROXEN!

Alieve ( which is a brand name of naproxen ) is fatal to dogs. If your going to give anything then give 25mg benadryl. Naproxen will eat out the stomach lining of your dog. In moderate to larger doses your dog will become very ill very fast and suffer for up to a few days before it dies. Puking up what will look like coffee grounds but is actually dried blood from the deteriorating of the dogs stomach lining. EXTREMELY FATAL!

********** No one should ever be taking someones medical advice from total strangers who have absolutely no medical training. Ask your Vet before giving ANY human medication. Your dog isnt a 180 man therefore the doses are way higher to a dogs metabolism.**********
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