We have a lhasa apso/terrier mix. His name is Sir Julien Lee aka Julien. He scratches constantly! We have tried raw meat (worked but to expensive and time consuming and aloe (any recipes will be great)! Julien is professionally groomed often as he cannot stand his body hair. He constantly is licking or scratching his feet and body. The hair around his eyes is also receding. We have no idea why. Thanks for any suggestions!
Oh! Good point! Does it matter Julien is an inside dog. He hates going outside! We had not thought of that. He is developing little scaly sores too. It is really quite gross and mum is very upset about it. The vet was general and said raw meat would help. I hope someone has skin remedies or something.
You might also ask the groomer what kind of shampoo they use. You might use an oatmeal shampoo. We actually get raw meat from a butcher and it runs $1 per pound. What kind of dog food do you use? ltlgto
Do you have a brand of fishoil? We have tried so many brands of food including Nutro and others store brands. I want to get one and buy it and just ship it to my mumsy. She is getting irate and he is constantly scratching. It doesn't help he has since a pup been in a bad temper. He is very fussy. Always aggravated.
I use spring valley brand that I bought at, I think, Wal-Mart. They are the soft gel caplets. I snip the end off and drizzle it over their food. Both dogs love it. When I first got Duncan he scratched til he had bald spots. My groomer suggested it and it has worked great. No more scratching.
Itch Relief THE ITCHING PET: ALTERNATIVES TO STEROIDS Excessive licking, chewing, and scratching can make a pet’s life miserable for month after month, even year after year. For rapid relief of itch and inflammation, nothing matches the corticosteroid hormones such as cortisone, hydrocortisone, prednisone , dexamethasone, and others.) There are some animals that seem unable to live with any degree of comfort without these medications. Unfortunately, these hormones have widespread and potentially dangerous actions throughout the body when they are used for inappropriately long periods and it is generally desirable to minimize the use of these hormones when possible to do so. Ideally, corticosteroids are used for a few really tough itch weeks and other forms of itch management are used for general itch maintenance. See more detail on long term corticosteroid use. This is, of course, easier to write about than to actually do. When one's pet is scratching and chewing raw spots on his or her skin, practical advice is called for. The following list includes assorted non-steroidal methods for relieving itch and reducing the amount of corticosteroid hormones needed. ORAL MEDICATIONS ANTIHISTAMINE TRIALS Histamine, a biological chemical, is the chief mediator of inflammation in humans hence the proliferation of antihistamines available for people both by prescription and over the counter. Histamine is not the major mediator of inflammation in the dog, thus these medications are not as reliable for dogs as they are for us. The protocol recommended by this hospital is helpful to approximately 40% of dogs who try it. Four different antihistamines are used, one at a time, at least 2 weeks each, in hope of finding one that is acceptably effective. While the chance that an individual antihistamine will be helpful is small (about 15%), trying several antihistamines greatly increases the chance of finding one that works. Antihistamines are not free of side effects; they are notorious for drowsiness in some individuals. Still, this is vastly preferable to the systemic disruption caused by the corticosteroid group. Our hospital uses the following antihistamines in a typical antihistamine trial (click for more information): Diphenhydramine(Benadryl) Clemastine fumarate(Tavist) Hydroxyzine(Atarax) Chlorpheniramine(Chlor-Trimeton) In the cat, antihistamines are substantially more reliable than in dogs so that the chances of a given antihistamine working are usually pretty good. For both cats and dogs, using antihistamines together with a corticosteroid hormone will decrease the amount of corticosteroid hormone needed to control the itching (i.e., less hormone is needed to get the job done if it is given with an antihistamine). FATTY ACID SUPPLEMENTATION The discovery of anti-inflammatory properties of evening primrose oils and fish oils in humans has led to similar products on the market for our pets. These products are not analogous to the oil supplements that are recommended as food supplements to make a pet's coat shiny; instead; these are true anti-inflammatory drugs capable of relieving joint pain, cramps, and itchy skin. The supplement alone is helpful in 10% to 25% of itchy dogs; we often recommend its use in combination with antihistamines to boost the efficacy of the protocol described above. Cyclosporine (Atopica) Cyclosporineis an immune system modulating drug originally developed for use in organ transplant patients, but which is also useful in other immune-mediated diseases. Since allergy is an immune-mediated condition, cyclosporine was investigated as an alternative to corticosteroids and found effective for most patients. Currently this medication is being marketed only for dogs and one dog in three will develop an upset stomach when starting the drug (though this resolves or is manageable with dose modification). TOPICALS TO TRY When using any dip on inflamed skin one should be aware that the use of cool water is considered much more soothing than warm water. COLLOIDAL OATMEAL SHAMPOOS AND CREME RINSE - At first, these products were only available for human use, as powdered soaks to pour into bath water. Once their value in itch management was determined, their use quickly spread to the veterinary field. Colloidal oatmeal actually pulls inflammatory toxis out of the skin, generally yielding 1 to 3 days of relief. The creme rinses are meant to yield longer acting relief. They are available plain or combined with local anesthetic forumlas to soothe itch. LIME SULFUR DIP - This product kills parasites, ringworm fungi, and bacteria. It also dries moist, weeping skin lesions and helps dissolve surface skin proteins that are involved in itchiness. Many veterinary dermatologists recommend it regularly to control itch; however, it has several disadvantages. It smells terrible. The sulfur ingredient smells like rotten eggs and this is how your bathroom or bathing area will smell during the pet's bath. This dip can stain jewelry and clothing and will temporarily turn white fur yellow. OTHER SHAMPOOS Itchy skin can be the result of skin infection, excess oil accumulation, yeast infection, even parasitic infection. The list goes on. The shampoo products listed above can be used against any itchy skin disease but it should be noted that there are many other shampoo and creme rinse products that can be used against the specific skin diseases listed. If some other type of shampoo product has been prescribed to you for an itchy skin disease, it is important that you use it allowing at least a good 10 minutes of skin contact time before rinsing. TEN MINUTES OF SKIN CONTACT IS THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT FOR ANY MEDICATED SHAMPOO. PREMATURE RINSING WILL NOT ALLOW FOR THE THERAPEUTIC BENEFIT TO BE REALIZED. OTHER TOPICAL PRODUCTS COLLOIDAL OATMEAL SPRAYS AND LOTIONS - Same principle as above. These products pull inflammatory toxins out of the skin. Oatmeal products have become very popular and are available as shampoos, creme rinses, soaks, sprays, and lotions. HUMILAC SPRAY - This moisturizer may be applied as a spray or mixed in water as a dip. It is helpful for dry skin but can also be used in combination with lime sulfur as lime sulfur is naturally drying to the skin. WITCH HAZEL - This product has a cooling effect on the skin that is soothing for both animals and for people with sun burn. It is available as a spray or lotion. ALOE VERA GEL - If possible, obtain 100% aloe vera gel from a health food store. Products containing aloe are much more available but are generally not as effective and not meant to be licked away by a pet. Aloe vera gel comes from the aloe vera succulent and contains enzymes which break down inflammatory proteins and enhance healing. Pure aloe vera gel is not harmful for pets who want to lick it off. TOPICAL STEROIDS? - It seems clear that taking steroids orally may be harmful to the body with chronic use but are topical cremes safe for long term use? We now know that topical steroids (cortisone cremes and related products) are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream but the hormonal side effects with topical use do seem blunted. For small irritated areas (hot spots), topicals can provide excellent relief without the systemic effects of hormones. RESPECT THE STEROID Severe itching amounts to a reduction in life quality. It is important not to develop the mindset that corticosteroids should be avoided at all costs. This would not be fair to the itching pet. Steroids are valuable tools in the relief of pain and suffering and have an important place the therapy of the itchy pet. The goal is not to avoid steroid use if possible but to avoid long term dependence on steroids if possible. Despite all of the above management tricks, some pets will still require long term steroid use to achieve any reasonable comfort. There are monitoring protocols in place for such cases. It should also not be forgotten that underlying allergies and recurring skin infections can be addressed specifically and that as these conditions are managed, the itch is also managed. Steroid hormones have many side effects and, as helpful as they are for allergic skin diseases, it is best to reserve them for only the most itchy episodes. Hope this gives you some ideas! LTLGTO
Food Allergies The classical canine food allergy lesion distribution includes signs of: Allergic dog Facial itching Foot or limb chewing Belly itching Recurrent ear infections (only some of the above signs are usually present in a given animal; not necesarilly all). Your Pet's Itchy Skin Itchy skin in the small animal is often more than just a minor annoyance. Red, oozing bald patches, rashes, and large expanses of hair loss are unfortunate markers of very real discomfort for which a cause should be sought and specificAllergic cat In the cat, food allergy usually produces scabs and other signs of itching around the face or neck. ally dealt with. The food allergy is one of the itchiest conditions known to cat and dog. Animals eat a variety of processed food proteins, fillers, and colorings which are further processed inside their bodies. Proteins may be combined or changed into substances recognized by the immune system as foreign invaders to be attacked. The resulting inflammation may target the GI tract or other organ systems but, in dogs and cats, it is the skin that most often suffers from this immunologic activity. Many people erroneously assume itching due to food allergy requires a recent diet change of some sort. In fact, the opposite is true. Food allergy requires time to develop; most animals have been eating the offending food for years with no trouble. What Kind of Allergy? Sarcoptic mange and inhalant allergy (also known as atopy) are the two conditions which must be distinguished from food allergy as the treatment approach to each is markedly different. Much time and money can be wasted pursuing the wrong the problem. Please consider the following clues which contribute to pointing us towards the food allergy as a diagnosis. Your pet demonstrates: Your pet has been treated for sarcoptic mange without any positive change. Your pet's itchiness is not and has never been a seasonal problem. Your pet has responded poorly or only partially to cortisone-type medications. Your pet has had a skin biopsy demonstrating changes often associated with allergy or, more specifically, food allergy. A lesion distribution pattern which is common for food allergy (see illustration at top of page) Please note that three of the above four criteria relate to what you, the owner, observe at home. Trouble results when the veterinarian must speak to different family members about the pet and there is disagreement in their observation of the pet at home. It is best to have one person, preferably the one who has the most contact with the pet, be the spokesperson and make the relevant judgments. The Flea Factor Some animals have many allergies. It would not be particularly unusual for an animal with a food or inhalant allergy Flea to also be allergic to flea bites, especially considering that flea bite allergy is an extremely common allergy among pets. Because allergies add to each other, it is possible that a food allergic dog will not itch if its fleas are controlled. Since new technology has made flea control safe and convenient, it is especially important (and no longer difficult) to see that fleas are not complicating a pet's itching problem. Ensure immaculate flea control for any itchy pet! For more information on flea biology and flea control, visit the special site prepared by the Iowa State Veterinary College: http://www.vetmed.iastate.edu/services/vth/clinical/derm/flea/ How to Deal with the Food Allergy Suspect: The Hypoallergenic Diet Trial The Basic Principle To determine whether or not a food allergy or intolerance is causing the skin problem, a hypoallergenic diet is fed for a set period of time. If the pet recovers, the original diet is fed for up to two weeks to see if itching resumes. If we see recovery with the test diet and itch with the original diet, then food allergy is diagnosed and the pet is returned to either the test diet or another appropriate commercial food indefinately. What Is a Good Hypoallergenic Diet? There are two approaches to this question. Obviously, the test diet must be of a food source that the patient could not possibly be allergic to. The traditional method is the use of a novel protein and carbohydrate sourse; that is, something the pet has never eaten before. In the past, lamb has been the protein source of choice as American pet food companies had traditionally failed to produce lamb-based pet foods. Unfortunately, recent production of lamb and rice-based foods have removed lamb from the acceptable hypoallergenic diet list. Fortunately, many pet food companies have discerned the need for diets using unusual protein and carbohydrate sources with a minimum of additives. Foods can be obtained based on venision and potato, fish and potato, egg and rice, duck and pea, and even kangaroo. Our hospital generally recommends duck and potato based foods for dogs and duck and pea based foods for cats. We have chosen these products because they are available both as canned as well as dry formulas. (Most pet owners prefer to feed a combination of dry and canned food.) It is important that during the diet trial no unnecessary medications be given. No edible chew toys (such as rawhides or bones) should be given. Treats must be based on the same food sources as the test diet. (Beware of rice cakes, though, as wheat is commonly used as a filler.) Chewable heartworm preventives should be replaced with tablets. Home cooking was originally the only option felt to be appropriately free of allergens but for most animals these special commercial foods are adequate. Occasionally home cooking ends up being necessary after all. The Hydrolyzed Protein Method Recently a new approach has been introduced using diets made from hydrolyzed proteins. This means that a conventional protein source is used but the protein is broken down into molecules too small to excite the immune system. There are three such diets currently marketed: Hill's(TM) Z/D and Ultra Z/D diets CNM HA (“HA” stands for hypoallergenic) - from the prescription diet division of Purina. EXclude - made by DVM dermatologics. This product is purchased in powder form to be mixed with water to achieve the desired consistency. How Long to Feed the Trial Diet In the past, 4 weeks was thought to represent a complete trial period. More recent work has shown that some food allergic animals require 8 to 10 weeks to respond. This may be an extremely inconvenient period of time for home cooking. Our current recommendation calls for a recheck appointment or phone call after four weeks of diet trial and then again after eight weeks of trial. Eighty percent of food allergic dogs will have responded to diet trial at least partially by six weeks. The Labrador retriever and cocker spaniel appear to require up 10 weeks of trial diet before showing a response. Some animals may even require a longer period. All commercial diets mentioned have a 100% guarantee. This means that if your pet doesn't like the food, the food can be returned for a complete refund (even if the bag is opened). This is especially helpful for feline patients, as cats are famous for being choosy about what they are willing to eat. What to Do if the Diet is Successful? To confirm food allergy, return to the original food; itching resumes within 14 days generally if food allergy was truly the reason for the itchy skin. Many people do not want to take a chance of returning to itching if the patient is doing well; it is not unreasonable to simply stay with the test diet if the pet remains free of symptoms. It is possible to more specifically determine the identity of the offending foods after the pet is well. To do this, a pure protein source (such as cooked chicken, tofu, wheat flour or any other single food) is added to the test diet with each feeding. If the pet begins to itch within 2 weeks, then that protein source represents one of the pet's allergens. Return to the test diet until the itching stops and try another pure protein source. If no itching results after two weeks of feeding a test protein, the pet is not allergic to this protein. What to Do if the Diet is Unsuccessful? Generally, an unsuccessful food trial is strongly suggestive that an inhalant allergy is really the primary problem but there are some other considerations that should at least be mentioned: Are you certain that the dog received no other food or substances orally during the trial? Was sarcoptic mange ruled out? Your pet may require a longer diet trial. Are you certain regarding the factor that pointed us toward the food allergy? If your pet has not been biopsied, now may be a good time. If an inhalant allergy has risen to the top of the list, symptomatic relief either via medication, special baths, or allergy shots will likely be necessary. Chronic itchiness can be extremely uncomfortable and prompt relief is the goal.
MLS My little Pekingese is allergic to everything! Food, grass,shampoos,vaccinations you name it she's allergic. We have spent tons of money on allergy tests allergy shots changing foods and nothing has worked completely. She still scratches herself to the point of having red irritated scabs. She is on a raw diet which has helped and I also apply Salmon Grizzly oil to her food which has helped with keeping her skin and coat healthier. I am currently using a holistic vet and honestly the remedies prescribed by the holistic vet have worked wonders. I refer to the Holistic Dog website it's a great website with lots of helpful info it also has a section dealing with symptoms and remedies. http://www.holisticdog.org/
Get Nutro ULTRA kibble, or canned puppy food. It HAS the fish oil and acidophilus, and is very digestible. Truely the best food out there. Use Siphotrol by Vet Kem or Premise Spray by Zodiac, make sure it is the product w/ IGR, called precor. Do the yard w/ hose end attachment, the house with the spray and get their dip (Zodiac) that treats Sarcoptic mange. Make sure all areas are dry before animals use them. Dip may be toxic to cats, check. This will eradicate fleas and mites for 7 months. It is essential that you do yard and house. Wash bedding. Yours too. Or just use the food if you think, no mite/flea allergy.
My pug literally scatched little bald spots all over her. Someone here told me to get flax oil capsules. I get them at Wal Mart. Spring Valley brand. 1000 liquid gel caps for about 6.00. I just drop a capsule in her food everyday and she thinks she's getting a treat. No more itching, scratching, no more hair falling out, it's all grown back. Inexpensive, easy, and it worked great. Hope that might help. I put two in Rusty's bowl just for his coat, it's much shinier. I use two for him since he's 80 lbs. Bailey is somewhere between 17 and 20 lbs right now. Good luck. Have a good day! Rusty the Golden Retriever http://www.dogster.com/?68489 Bailey the Pug http://www.dogster.com/?68491 Ariel the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?68494 Lady the Greyhound http://www.dogster.com/?78537
Not sure if this will help or not...I was told that Solid Gold Holistique Blendz dog food was one of the best to used for very allergic dogs. You can go to solidgoldhealth dot com to find out more information.
gbat1stop, where is the fish oil located in Wal-Mart. My new puppy has just started itching. I tried the Oatmeal shampoo, and it did not help. Rhonda told me about a shampoo at Petsmart that worked great for her dog. It is HYLYT shampoo. I am going to get some today, and see if that helps.
mls; Have you had him to the vet to rule out the more obvious parasites such as fleas and lice? Where, from a fox, coyote, rodent (their body temperature is wrong for some of them but they can still transport). The next place I would go would be the 3 mange mites (sarcoptic, demodex or cheyletilla), ringworm or thyroid disorder. The latter 2 being easier to diagnose than the mange. If after you have eliminated all of these, you decide it is an allergy however, it does not respond to anything you try (Heaven forbid!!). There has been some success treating severe allergies, which I believe is classified as an autoimune disorder, with one of the anti-rejection drugs. This can be one of the most frustrating sort of conditions to deal with, I sure hope you find a solution. Preferably a cheap and easy one.