I know Mandy with her allergies should be bathed more than the other two. But even when I bathe her in no time at all she has the front part of legs stiff from licking them. I use oatmeal shampoo on all of them. I have used everything they put out on her and she still scractches. She sometimes feels hot along her back. Almost like she has a low grade fever. What is strange, with all the scratching she has never broke her skin. She also chews on her feet, thats why we think she is allergic to grass. I don't want to dry her skin out, so I don't know if bathing her maybe twice a week is to much or not.
Duke also chews on his feet, and i found a stop itch at Tractor Supply, it looks like a deoderant tub. It has a bitter taste so he leaves them alone. As to bathing I always heard that if you did it more than a few time a month that it could make the itching wrose. All of the oils and minerals in there skin washes away, and they have to start all over again building that up. May be if you just bathed her legs but left the rest for when it is really bad
we had a pekanise (not sure if I spelled that right) and she constantly licked and chewed at her paws on top. She never broke the skin or irritated it but it was a constant. i would always tell her "no diggy baby" and she would stop until I was not looking. the vet said it was a nervous thing. Try bitter apple apray for the licking.
OH! also I had a problem with my female dobe for a while she chewed her paws so bad she would chew her pads off litterly. I soaked her paws in camomile tea and it soothed the itching. You would have to rinse her good with water after but it might help. I just thought of it after another poster msntioned it for a UTI problem I have with my male.
By Carol S. Foil, DVM, MS, Diplomate A.C.V.D. Board-certified specialist through the American College of Veterinary Dermatology
Canine Atopic Dermatitis
Canine atopic dermatitis (allergic dermatitis, canine atopy) is an inherited predisposition to develop allergic symptoms following repeated exposure to some otherwise harmless substance, an "allergen," such as dust mites or pollen. Most dogs begin to show their allergic signs between 1 and 3 years of age. Due to the hereditary nature of the disease, several breeds, including golden retrievers, most terriers, Irish setters, Lhasa apsos, Dalmatians, bulldogs and Old English sheep dogs are more commonly atopic, but many dogs, including mixed breed dogs can have atopic dermatitis. The incidence is increasing both in man and animals.
Atopic animals will usually rub, lick, chew, bite or scratch at their feet, muzzle, ears, armpits or groin, causing hair loss, and reddening and thickening of the skin. In some cases several skin problems can "add" together to cause an animal to itch where just the allergy alone would not be enough to cause itching. These problems include air borne-allergens (pollens, etc.), allergens in food, and allergens from parasites (fleas, etc.) and also bacterial or yeast infections of the skin. Eliminating some but not all of the problems may allow a patient's itchiness to go away. Therefore it is important to treat any other problems that could be making your pet itch while dealing with allergy.
Specific diagnosis of atopic dermatitis is based upon the results of intradermal testing and/or in vitro (blood) testing. Many medications can interfere with our ability to properly skin test your pet. Length of time that a medication's effect remain in an animal's body is highly variable; however, basic guidelines for withdrawal of medications are: At least 4 weeks off oral prednisone; 10 weeks after triamcinolone acetonide injection; 14 weeks after methylprednisolone acetate injection; 10 to 14 days off antihistamines; 10 to 14 days off topical steroids (ear drops, ear drops or medication for skin); 2 days off tranquilizers.
1) Antihistamines: This medication works in 20% of atopic patients. Your pet can take antihistamines for life. The only side effect usually seen is drowsiness. Several types may be tried to find the one best for your pet. Topical antihistamines for the eyes can be helpful in patients with eye allergy (itchy conjunctivitis). Visine A® is one over-the-counter product that can be helpful.
2) Avoidance of the allergens: This can be helpful for house dust mite allergies. Pollen exposure can be reduced by using air-conditioning and air filters, avoiding the outside early morning and late afternoon, wiping down with moist cloths after going outside and frequent bathing.
3) Oral Steroids (prednisone, cortisone, triamcinolone, etc.): These drugs have many potential side effects and are reserved for adult animals, those with short seasonal problems or where other therapy is not possible or is ineffective. Typically, treatment is started at one dose and then tapered off to every other day usage.
4) Topical Steroids: Topical usage is safer than oral usage. It can be very helpful if itching is localized (e.g., eyes, ears). It can be used for more widespread disease in the form of leave-on rinses or lotions (ResiCORT®) or a triamcinolone spray (Genesis®).
5) Cyclosporine (Neoral®): This immunosuppressive agent can be used at low doses to treat allergy successfully in about 60% of patients. It can also be used to lower needed dosages of steroids. The major short-term side effect is gastrointestinal upset. The long-term safety is not completely known. The dosage can often be lowered after a few weeks of successful treatment.
6) Tacrolimus (Protopic® ointment): This drug is related to cyclosporine. It can be very useful for treating localized itchy areas in atopic dermatitis. It is applied once or twice a day at first, and then frequency is reduced.
7) Fatty acid supplements: Certain types of oils can reduce allergic symptoms in some patients. We can give fish oil capsules in conjunction with a low-fat diet or prescribe special prescription diets with the fish oil content raised. This therapy can help improve response to antihistamine therapy.
8) Allergen Specific Immunotherapy: This involves giving an allergy vaccine injection that is made up specifically for your pet, usually for the lifetime of the animal. After an initial series of injections, periodic boosters will be needed (every 1-3 weeks). 60% to 80% of animals will improve with the vaccine. Results may not be seen for 3 to 6 months. When results are not seen in 9 to 12 months, a re-evaluation is necessary.
9) Bathing: Atopic skin is sensitive and subject to drying. Only specially designed hypoallergenic shampoos should be used on your allergic dog. Rinsing should be thorough. Generally it is best to follow with a hypoallergenic cream rinse or spray to remoisturize the skin after every bath. Virbac's Allermyl® comes as a shampoo or a spray and contains 1-rhamnose, which may reduce itch and inflammation.
My Pekingese fancy has severe allergies she use to itch herself bald practically. I tried medications, shampoos etc. About 2 months ago I was referred to a new groomer and she told me about this shampoo called *Malasebo* let me tell you that stuff is a miracle shampoo! It's a little expensive but lasts a long time. For the first month you have to bathe the dog in it twice weekly then afterwards you just need to bathe them once a month. Fancy has totally stopped itching she is finally at peace whereas before she itched nonstop.
***Edited By: GinaH on 3/10/2005 6:17:51 PM*** Reason: *
Please, please where do you buy it. Mandy's skin is so sensitive until I groomed her this afternoon with new clippers and her backside looks as red as a beet. I usually siscor her but she was acting terrible and I was tired and now I will pay for that. It will take a week for it to clear up. But I would love to try this shampoo.
If you are looking for the product "Malaseb" go to the top of the page and will see the Google search box. Type in and press search. It will give you info on the product and places you can find it. I noticed 1800petmed, and Dr. Fosters and Smith. I'm sure it would be available at either groomers, pet stores or vets. It sounds like a very good product.
I was looking in my latest catalog from Foster & Smith and found the ChlorahexiDerm Shampoo. Never found the Malaseb, but some of the other shampoos have the chlorahexiderm in them. It was saying for seborrhea, which is what I think I need for Mandy it already has this chlorahexiderm in it. It is a medicated shampoo. Think I will order some and see how it works. For those interested just order a calalog at 1-800-826-7206. Thanks for the info about the chlorahexiderm. Hope it works, when she starts she scratches constantly.
Last time I had rudy at the vet for his annual, he said rudy had allergens, that it starts around 1 yr old and gets worse as they get older. So far Rudy chews on his feet and none of the other stuff. But he said the ears and eyes too eventually.