I have 2 boston terriers. Brother & Sister a year apart. With all the vet trips & changes in food, nothing has helped there skin allergies excepts medication (which is dangerous if taken long term).. They get red & scoot themselves accross the carpet to scratch, & the oldest one has learned to scratch his back under a chair. I was wondering if anyone has had this problem with an answer. First we thought they were allergic to grass, but it's snow covered & they are still breaking out.. Thanks for any input..
First, I suggest a skin scraping by your vet to test for the actual allergy. Also, what foods have you tried so far? Many on here have dogs with allergies that can direct you to good food. But finding out the exact cause first is needed. Wont help to put them on a special diet, if grass or fleas is the true culprit.
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Yeah, if you have not had a vet look at it already, do so. But next question would be, does your dogs food contain wheat or corn? All kibbles with those ingrediants made my terrier itch like crazy. We switched him to a corn and wheat free kibble, he does great. Make sure you have your dog on a flea preventative, so that will rule out flea allergies. A dog can get bit by one flea and he can end up with a back full of nasty hairless skin. Seen it before.
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i find it odd that both dogs are exhibiting the same symptoms. allergies do run hereditary so if they are related then i guess they both could have them. however you are going to drive yourself nuts switching this for that and so on. why not just get the blood test done to determine exactly what it is you are dealing with. i imagine with all the money spent already on switching foods and medicating them, you could have paid for the test for both of them 3 times over already.
have you changed anything in your environment ? like using a new carpet shampoo, deoderizer, using different laundry detergent ? stuff like that can also cause irritations.
have they been tested for demodectic or sarcoptic mange ?
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Other then it being red what does it look like? Is there hair falling out? Are there sores maby even nasty crusty pusy looking balls?
do they have fleas?
Is there skin flaky? If there is no loss in hair and the skin is flaky id try some baby loation, Not alot and only in the spots that bug them. rocky has dry skin at the base of his tail he would rub it alot and it would flake and just icky. baby loation every now and then, a nice bath and conditionar fixed the problem.
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