Sorry for the delayed reply guys!!! I had sent him an e-mail asking him a few questions but didn't get answers which made it hard to answer your guy's question. I missed his e-mail -oops! Just saw it!
Originally Posted by Dawnben
Maybe systemic yeast infection. These are some of the symptoms
Rashes - Itching -Body Odor - Smelly Ears - Reoccurring Ear & Bladder infections -Red Skin - Sores - Scabs - Shedding - Arthritis - Genital Discharge - Hotspots - Blackened skin.
I would change to a grain free limited diet like this. With yeast you want to stay away from potato this is Duck and Garbanzo Beans
L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Legume & Duck Meal Dry Dog Formula - Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc.
This will help you understand systemic yeast infections
Pet Allergy, Itching, Scratching, Systemic Yeast Infection in Dogs | Allergies Malassezia Fungus Candida, yeast overgrowth in dogs | GREATDANELADY.COM
Thanks for the links! Very insightful! I have bookmarked this! Not sure if it's yeast though. He doesn't really show any of the other signs -skin lesions, no infections, rashes, arthritis, ect... I am keeping this though for just in case! Thank you!
Originally Posted by LynneMarie
Yes food allergies can cause all kinds of different skin problems. What are they feeding now? Are they feeding any treats? It is not necessarily the grain in the food as it is the proteins. You can get lamb based food that still has chicken in it as a preservative. Always look at the first 6 ingredients, that is the bulk of the food.
Are they sure the dog has zero fleas? A dog with flea allergies will scratch like they are covered in fleas even if they only have a couple. Do they know if there are chiggers in the shrubs?
He just switched to a grain-free food, (not sure what brand), will tell you in the next day or so! He said venison based, I'm assuming Taste of the Wild? Like I said I'll get the name for you! He is not fed anything else -table scraps or "dog" treats!
He has had fleas in the past (I just asked him how long ago -a waiting reply), but he is sure that he doesn't have any now. I don't think he has chiggers (asked that too!)
Originally Posted by bgmacaw
The border collie we had when I was a kid had problems like you described due to an allergy to pine pollen. The vet had us try various allergy meds but nothing helped that much. Of course, this was back in the late 70's so what's available now is probably better.
It may be environmental, the dog is 2 1/2 years old and he just noticed this problem really coming on this summer.
Originally Posted by Holly
Could be many things. Could be a flea allergy. Could be a food allergy. Could be an environmental allergy. There could be a secondary bacterial or yeast infection to any of the above. Hard to say.
What food is he on? When was he switched? How strict are they being with the new diet?
Gosh, I don't know! Waiting to see what food he just switched him too! I do know he has a strict diet -no table scraps or dog biscuits. So Far We Know...
He is 2 1/2 years old.
The problem really became noticeable this summer.
Only time he has itched in the past has been flea related (working on finding out how long ago he had fleas.)
He has just been switched to a venison based "grain-free" food. (I'll get the brand to you guys here soon.)
He doesn't have hot spots, rashes, skin lesions, or recent bladder / ear infections.
The dandruff seems to be mainly coming from his back / butt.
Doesn't really target any itchy spot in particular.
Getting a better description on the smell -assuming a yeasty type smell.
...Wondering if this could be some effect from the fleas and not a food allergy if he seems to have just developed this, this summer. Going to also do more research on hypothyroidism and flea related stuff. Can dogs develop food allergies later in life?
Thanks guys for getting back to me, I apologize for the late reply!