..and I cannot figure out whats causing it.
I've manually drained his anal glands; switched his foods;
gave him baths with awesome moisturizers, and to no avail,
he still digs, and scratches, and scratches.
He is 4, and has not been neutered yet. I'm wondering,
since most of his itching is on his lower back, hips, and base
of the tail, if his prostate is swollen, thus creating him discomfort
enough to relieve itching. Ive also noticed he's been rubbing his face
on the carpet, couch, etc. He sheds real bad too.
Was wondering if anyone may know what he his mixed with?
He's a small lab, so I know he is mixed with something, and he's pure white.
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I don't know what he's mixed with, but he's a handsome fellow! Labs are not true white. They are still yellows even the light colored ones. As far as allergies.....does he get ear infections? Our Sophie is an allergic dog. She has had ear infections twice in the last couple of months. The vet says allergic dogs get ear infections. She is super allergic to fleas. The problem is that when a flea bites a sensitive dog, the saliva causes a reaction, and can result in a skin infection. Fleas were really bad here this summer. We put her on Comfortis and sprayed our house. We have seen no fleas in a month or so. Our Sophie was losing her hair and had almost bald spots. The vet had us change her food to a grain free, and told us to chose a meat she had never had before. He put her on antibiotics for her skin, and we switched to Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream. What a difference! In only a week her hair was already growing back! She has more energy and has filled out, she is like a different dog now, and we have had her on this food a month or so. Her coat is glossy and beautiful! Dogs with allergies will often rub their faces on furniture, or lick their feet. With your dog having issues on his back and tail area, I would make sure he doesn't have fleas. Sometimes those little pests can hide, so use a flea comb to be sure. Good luck, we have sure worried with our Sophie's allergies.
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
My dog had allergies and was allergic to chicken. Maybe your is allergic to chicken too.
What are you feeding? Different food does not mean better.
Giving baths often makes more skin problems than it solves - most dogs do not need a bath or need very infrequent baths. If you are using a shampoo not specifically formulated for dogs you will have more problems. Dog skin Ph is not the same as human.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Sam is a very sensitive dog, and I struggled for the first 2 years of his life with dry/irritated skin and chronic ear infections until we figured out he had an allergy to chicken/lamb. We switched him on to a food with a different protein source: fish.
Like Sharon said, different food does not necessarily mean better. Look at the ingrediants.
Try switching to a food for sensitive/allergy-prone dogs (ie. fish, duck or some other protein source) and see if that makes a difference. Try supplementing with fish oil as well. And yes - baths can do more harm than good.
The only time my 2 get a bath is if they've gotten into something.
Have you taken him to your vet?
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He's certainly cute, whatever the mix. : )
I take Zoe to the beach 4x a week, which tends to leave her skin dry and itchy because of the salt water stripping the oils.
Our vet recommended 2 products: one is a soap free shampoo. It must work because she scratches less, and after I rinse her off, my hands look less wrinkly too. (and I'm near 60 yrs old)
The other product is a fatty acid & zinc for skin & coat conditioning, which is a liquid form...1 pump per 15 pounds body weight
here is the soapless shampoo
and here is the supplement
Amazon.com: Efa-Z Plus 16oz: Pet Supplies
Linda and Zoë, the Umlaut
great advice above!
have you discussed this with your vet? Do they have any recommendations?
food allergies are actually not all that common in dogs - it could very well be environmental. But as mentioned above - if it is food related it isn't just a question of "changing foods" but looking at foods with different ingredients. you can start with protein (read all the way thru to ensure they didn't add some other protein in the list). then you can look at grains and rice and such. Normally you should be looking at an elimination diet.
and as mentioned above - too many baths can do more harm then good!
Charlie (foster) and Rocky