please help my bullmasstiff is chewing him self to death,itching till he bleeds. We have tried different foods,special alleginic solutions. Comes and goes any help out there.Sprays for dry skin, allergie meds,bathing,
What are you feeding him? Have you taken him to the vet to rule out any disease processes, or parasites? When changing a dog's diet, you have to start with something very simple because if it's a food allergy it can take quite some time for the effects of it go away.How old is he, and when did this itchiness start, and what were you feeding him then?
I agree that you need to rule out any infections, parasites or other problems with your local vet first. I know this is lengthy, but I thought I’d share my history. We had a number of problems, as you have mentioned, with our oldest Bullmastiff. We have two. Max, had terrible allergies and his reaction was much like your own bully.
Our vet worked with us, and it took more than six months of trials and found food to be the problem. He appears to be allergic to soy and potato.
We moved to a product called EVO. It is made by a company called Innova. EVO is essentially low in carbohydrates, with the best carbs coming from those you would eat in a healthy diet. The food is not manufactured so extensively as to remove much of quality ingredients, as in your over the counter foods found in big chain stores. Therefore the food has a short shelf life in comparison and is not carried by them. We have to order ours through a small pet store located in our area. I would suggest you check out their website. www.naturapet.com/brands/innova.asp
Try two bags and if it doesn’t improve enough to justify the cost you can stop. I warn you that it is pricy, but for all the antibiotics and other treatments we spent dealing the aftermath of allergic reactions, it’s worth it. In a matter of a month, there was a significant improvement. Today my big man is doing just fine. My youngest, Sam was reared on this food and not once have we had issues with him. Our vet has also started recommending the food to others who has had such conditions in their bully’s. Our dogs have continued to develop with exceptional weight expectations. This food has a high protein content which concerned me, but the vet is pleased with the gain and development stating, “Perfect development.”
The last thing I’ll mention is a neighbor of mine that has a bullmastiff. This bully had many of same issues and his vet essentially put in on a prescription food with very little meat/protein content. This dog is doing well.
Ultimately its trial and error: what worked for us perhaps would not work for our neighbor and visa versa. I figure it’s worth a try though. Good luck