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Old 06-12-2011, 02:50 AM
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Hi all my names is Aaron. Im new to the site. Im looking forward to all the tips and tricks from everyone.

1st things 1st.
My dogs name is Zeus he is a lab mix from what I was told. Vet suggested Lab, German Shepard, Pitbull, or maybe chow cause the black spots on his toung, so a heins 57. While on this subject how much would dna test cost.

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So Zeus has these scabs on his back maybe around 6-8 scabs about tick size. He has always been a itcher since I got him as a puppy at around 7-8 weeks old. I keep him clean give him a bath every two weeks or so. He gets his monthly treatment of front line plus every month around the 1st. I dont seems to be helping him out any. I feel really bad and don't know what to do I tried everything. He is a year old now and seems to be getting worse. He Losing hair from scratching and biting himself so much sometimes he will even whimper while doing it. I though maybe an allergy from his dog food was doing this to him so I weaned him onto different food. Buying food for him is hard cause he is picky about some dog food and will not eat like he should. I've also noticed on his stomach he has a red rash all over. As well as a dark marking around his penis and some on his stomach started noticing it after he was fixed at around 5 months. A Black like bruse started by his testicles and looks like started moving up to his stomach. It don't seem to bother him as all. I never though it was anything big so I ignored it thinking was the pigment of skin was changing from getting older. His fur is not like it used to be shinny clean looking coat. Not it feels a little more corse. Especially around his back legs by his but. He chews there the most making hair thin out and skin irritation. I googled these things on him and there was numerous things these symptoms could be. Im hoping me giving decent detail on this would give me a little more help then what I was getting on google. Please help with all my questions I feel sorry for him cause I can't help stop the itchy irritation even with a antiseptic spray it doesn't seem to help all that well just gives him little relief wont itch or chew cause the taste of the stuff. Irritation still going on after use. I put it on him few times a day when I notice him itching again. I can't exactly put it on him 24/7 cause I work and im sure he scratches and digs when Im gone. This may be something to the cause of all this. Where im staying there is like 5 or 6 cats in the house that come in and go as they want. I know they get there dose of frontline every month or so during the warmer months. Maybe allergy to cats. It seems to get worse over the warmer months. I've only had him about a year and the owner I am I notice every little thing bout him. I know when something not right with him cause the bond we have. He even has me itch where we can't really get to my putting his head under my hand and picking it up throwing onto his back and move forward to the place he needs taken care of.

Sorry so long I just wanted to get all the facts so no questions Are asked hopefully I gave good detail on this and I can attend to this asap.

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Old 06-12-2011, 07:21 AM
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Welcome to the forum. We will try to help!
First, can you answer a few questions.

1) What food are you feeding him? More specifically, can you please go to the bag of food and write down here what the first few ingredients are.

2) Have you asked your vet to do a "skin scraping" yet? This is when the vet takes as small sample from his skin to check for mites and to look at the skin cells.

I think you are right to be concerned about your boy's comfort. There are several things that could be causing this. Hopefully you can get him treated and better soon!
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:17 PM
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I feed him ol Roy. Maybe not the best food. I don't keep the bag empty out into huge container. I've have been having trouble finding a dog food that he likes. He seems not to like anything I got him. Have yet to take to the vet work hours don't work out with my vets hours. Maybe changing him to a high quality food? I really don't know what to get with out paying an arm and a leg. If I gotta buy it make him better I will have to.
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Welcome to the club...of dogs that don't like to eat certain foods. :P Welcome to the forum also. I'm sorry to hear about your fella, theirs probably some cream the vet could give you, or you could buy at the store. I'm not sure about that though. You could try a different more high quality food, if you're dog will eat it. Foods that are more high quality def. will help his coat.
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Tess, I looked up the ingredients online, and the first few appear to be corn, then soybean meal, then wheat, and corn syrup.


Okay, how big are these scabs and rashes? How long has he had them/ when did they appear? Can you maybe show us some pictures of this?

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To be honest, you've hit the bottom of the barrel in terms of dog food. It would be difficult to find another food as low in quality as Ol Roy! (google is your friend)

Corn is the main ingredient, which is a common cause of allergies in dogs, sometimes manifests in skin symptoms. The rest of it ain't that good either!

That said, if he were my dog, I would do two things...
1) Take him to the vet for a skin scraping to check for mange mites
2) Change foods to a much higher quality food.

Many folks around here recommend Taste of the Wild, as a good quality food at a reasonable price. There are many options. There are lots of threads here about food.

Just one more thought... feeding a low quality food is like raising your kids on McDonalds and a vitamin pill. Yes, it will keep the kids alive, and they won't have any obvious nutrient deficiencies, but in the long run, they are going to have huge health problems.
Investing in quality food now, and throughout your dog's life, will be worth it in terms of health and happiness, and probably less vet bills too!

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I'm not the master of dog foods, because my dog doesn't eat high quality stuff. She won't eat high quality foods. Here's a list you might try. Do a little research, look at the ingredents. You want to first few to be meats.

You might look at:

Taste Of The Wild
Blue Buffalo
Orijin
Pelican Bay
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Reese eats Taste of the Wild and I have never have any problems with it. She is very picky about the flavor we give her, but there are a lot of different flavors to choose from. I would definitelyrecommend it!
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Anyone know if Royal Canine good dog food. It's expensive enough.
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Remember, just because a food is expensive, doesn't mean it's good! It looks like Royal Canin isn't the best food out there. Looking at the first few ingredients, which are chicken meal, brown rice, and rice, that's definatly not the smartest choice either. You might want to look at one of these.

Taste Of The Wild
Orijen
Wellness
Innova
Blue Buffalo
Canidae
Before Grain
Pelican Bay
Kirkland
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