It's been a looooooong time since i've posted to this forum but I could really use some expert advice from the terrific pets community right now...
my 4 y/o pit bull Bibi has a form of albino-ism and has really sensitive skin. She is constantly itching and trying to scratch herself. She has no fleas, and we keep her (and out house) pretty clean. We use oatmeal sensitive skin itch-relief dog shampoo on her whenever we bathe her but it doesn't seem to help.
I notice that the area around her butt flares up and turns reddish brown everytime we visit family in south carolina. I know she is going nuts with the itchiness but I just can't find anything that helps. I've tried using a homeopathic concoction of Neem oil and aloe vera gel and that seems to help a tiny bit.
Now we are going to move to south carolina and stay with family for several months and the thought of poor bibi itching to death is unbearable. We have to find something we can use to relieve her itching, and I don't want to get some medication from the vet. Something I can make myself would be ideal, or something I can buy from the store. Anyone have any suggestions? I would truly appreciate it! Thanks!
I know you said you don't want to get medicine from the vet, but I believe an antihisamine, like Benadryl would help her immensely. I would try an all-over application of Calomine lotion, and I would also try Gold Bond Lotion, and maybe some Gold Bond Powder for the wrinkles, if she has some. I would keep the bathing to a minimum, and brush her with a soft brush instead. I would also bathe her in natural green clay, which can be found in health food stores.You can also make a paste out of ordinary oatmeal, and aloe vera, for regions she can't reach!Let us know how she does, and good luck.
You might try greatdanelady.com click on articles go down to Urgent help, click allergies and read what Linda Arndt has to say maybe there is something in her articles that can help you with this problem. Good Luck
wow, thanks - that was very informative, i never even heard of systemic yeast infections in dogs but it really makes sense because bibi has had to go through 2 surgeries in the past year and half and was on anti-biotics, plus she gets red inflamed skin on her underside for no apparent reason.
I'm gonna try out the baking soda and sulfer shampoo remedies. i'm afraid we can't afford the holistic food - right now we have three dogs, all over 50 lbs, and we feed them royal canin adult formula. we go through a 40lbs bag in 2 weeks and they just raised the price from $32/bag to $42/bag.
I wonder if the oxydrops and such will have a negative affect on my other dogs? They all eat out of the same food dish. Anyone have any experience treating yeast infections in dogs?
My boxer Melvin has seasonal allergies and I give him apple cider vinegar (with Mother)in his water about a Tbsp. It has helped and you can also do a compress of water and apple c vinegar to relieve the itch. This is fairly inexpensive. We also feed grain free to make sure he doesn't have allergies from grains which boxers are prone to. I would think that the make up of pits and boxers would be similar in that their coats are so alike. Hope this helps I know how we worry about our babies.