Does anyone else have a dog that scratches their jowls/mouth alot?* My pup has always seemed generally itchy (all over) from the day I got her....no fleas, no major skin problems, but tends to scratch a lot.* I'm guessing it's caused by mild allergies.* The problem with her jowls is that she gets a kind of a rash in the area where the skin overlaps.* Of course the more she scratches the more irritated it gets.* The Vet said that because it is an area that is continually moist, bacteria can happen.....compared it to athelete's foot.* He suggested wiping the area with a face cloth once in awhile to keep it really clean.* Also mentioned an ointment I could use, but of course she would lick it off in no time.* I'm sure it's probably not an uncommon thing and wondered what others do to deter it.* It's not that bad right now, but I don't want it to get any worse.* TIA
No its pretty common. Oona does it all of the time, so much so that she has a permenant red spot on the side of her face. It may be due to a food allergy. We have been trying to solve this problem for awhile with Oona. My breeder said that Labs tend to be allergic to wheat and corn. We were feeding her Iams, which has both. We switched to Nature's Recipe and that didn't seem to make a difference. The next most common food allergy is dairy, so I stopped giving her yogurt and cheese. Its been about 2 weeks, she hasn't stopped itching but her ears are looking better than they have in a year.
Oona's Dad - Thanks for replying.* I kind of thought allergies might be at least part of the problem because of her general itchyness, ear issues etc.* Actually since we first got her the ear issue has improved.* I'm not sure why, but we did try a number of things to get it cleared up.* (prone to yeasty ears)* Touching wood as I say this.* * I'm sure the fact that little air gets to the area where the rash starts around her mouth (and worsens when she scratches) doesn't help, but I've never had this issue with past dogs.* I have always given her a little plain yogurt with her breakfast and not sure if this helps with the ear issue or not.* I've had her on a couple of different foods and really haven't noticed a huge difference in that regard I don't think.* I've read (and also the Vet said this) that most allergies that happen up to age two ARE food related....so maybe we did something that helped there.* Have you tried anything other than changing foods for the itchy mouth issue?* For now I guess I'll just do as the Vet directed and wipe it off with a soft facecloth once in a while over the day.* It's not that bad and not really noticable unless you're looking, but I don't want it to get any worse.....and I don't like her to be itchy.* Glad you've had some success with the ear problem.* *
Mitzi's allergy vet said it's from an allergy and it's a common itchy spot. Mitzi is allergic to yeast and ketoconazole keeps her itches down. If I cut back on her keto too much, the chin itching, paw licking butt scooting/licking pick up. Since she has been on the keto, her ears have been clean. She also gets worse if I try to switch her food. She seems to do best on Diamond L&R.
mitziandjudysmom - Right now it seems she just gets problems in the areas where air doesn't circulate well....her ears, between her toes, around her mouth.* Nothing severe at this point, but I worry about it getting worse as she ages.* I know allergies sometimes do.* Her skin looks fine for the most part...even though she seems to scratch more than she should.
Explain again what they do you her? Our vet bills are coming close to our mortgage payments per month and our friend Lya is not getting much better. We fixed the food part of it, but the other stuff...not even prednisone is working very well.
Morgan with Lya, Sorry to hear about your vet bills and Lya's allergy. When Mitzi was 2 she had gunky ears, licked paws, and butt scooted. The vet said it's a food allergy. I had her on many food trials, cleaned her ears all the time and spent a small fortune on Otomax for her ears. She just got worse. Last August I took her to an allergy vet who did the skin test for environmental allergens, but she was positive for only dust mites. The vet said she is allergic to yeast and put her on ketoconazole which turned out to be a wonder drug for Mitzi. After she was on that for a week, she stopped licking paws, stopped licking butt, and in a few weeks her ears cleared up. Now I keep her on the minimium dose to keep symptoms down. The keto costs about $20/month when I get it from a pharmacy and I have to get a liver function test every 6 months, but I havn't needed ear meds for her, and she has been feeling well, playing with toys again acting like a puppy at age 6 since her allergy symptoms cleared up. My total allergy vet bill including skin tests and a thyroid test and meds was $364. If Mitz had been positive to skin tests and needed the allergy serum shots, it may have taken longer for results. My friend took her golden to this allergy vet and he was positive to all the skin test allergens. It took about a year to get the right serum, but he is fine now on monthly shots. My regular vet said she has many allergy dogs which keto does not help.
Someone else on the JL forum had posted about going to an allergy specialist and mentioned a much higher bill not even including skin tests.
I hope you can find out what Lya is allergic to and manage to keep the bills down.