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Old 10-16-2010, 07:46 PM
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I agree the steroids and antibiotics always lower the immune system.
Just make sure it is plain and unsweetened yogurt. You said you took all things away but the food. What kind of food? It could be the type of meat in the food or one or all of the grains. Did you try a limited diet? Only 2 ingredients Meat and potato.
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Old 10-17-2010, 01:29 AM
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My wife and I have a purebred beagle that is 2 years old. We raised her from 8 weeks and she has had her share of health issues (two cherry-eye surgeries, one hernia surgery, and anal glands removed). Thankfully these problems were one-time fixes and are way behind us. Zoe is very fit, runs with us several times a week, and her coat shines. The one lingering health problem we are still struggling with is her constantly irritated skin and intense scratching.

Her chest and belly are intermittently covered in a rash. It will flare up, cause her to scratch herself raw, then spread into her armpits. She also has raw places along her lips where she rubs her face on the carpet. I say 'intermittent' only because it will go from bad to much worse, then back to bad again. Best way I can describe it.
There is always the possibility all she needs is a food change, but I think you should rule out thyroid issues (have your Vet test both T3 & T4) and autoimmune problems. The rash does make me suspect food intolerance -- NOT allergies, which are two different conditions. Allergy suggests a problem digesting a type of protein within the food, whereas an intolerance can be related to improper balance of vitamin/minerals or fatty acid ratio, and overall quality of the diet. The shiny coat may also be another indicator of generally poor health. Is is thick and glossy like healthy human hair or shiny as in the coat is not balding but not full and you need sunglasses to look at it? You want the former, even if coat shine is reduced.

I would try taking the dog off her normal food and go with a very simple diet of chicken and brown rice or oatmeal/raw soaked oats for a few days. If it is food related, she should show improvement in a week or so. Either change to a diet that agrees with her or continue to homecook (just make sure you find balanced recipes) in that case.
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Hi Imhotep,

I feel you- I have a Labrador with awful itching and scratching- she's had it her whole life and we have never been able to pinpoint the cause. On that note, I agree with everyone in that getting Zoe on a good grain free dog food is a good first step. I used the website mycanineallergies.com to get a bunch of the info I used in trying to resolve my lab's allergy probs. Hope this helps, and good luck!
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Hi Imhotep,

I feel you- I have a Labrador with awful itching and scratching- she's had it her whole life and we have never been able to pinpoint the cause. On that note, I agree with everyone in that getting Zoe on a good grain free dog food is a good first step. I used the website mycanineallergies.com to get a bunch of the info I used in trying to resolve my lab's allergy probs. Hope this helps, and good luck!
have you tried vitamin C
Vitamin C may delay the secretion of histamines. In allergic dogs, the release of histamines in excess is responsible for the occurrence of the allergy symptoms. Research has shown that vitamin C may delay or reduce the production of histamines. In addition, vitamin C is a great antioxidant, which will be helpful for the dog’s immune system.
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I realize I'm digging up a REALLY old post but thought I would use it as a starting place, please advise if there is a more recent one to use instead.

My beagle has the same issues, very red itchy belly and butt. Her beagle feet seem to irritate her some, chews on them some, but not red or much of an issue. She seems to enjoy rolling around on me when she's particularly itchy, scratching her eyes and nose.

Changed food multiple times, can't remember how many much less brands. Ensuring each had good ingredients different than the last to eliminate possibilities hopefully, to no avail. She's seen her beagle Dr. many times and typically has around 4 steroid shots a year that help after a couple days of clearing up then she's pretty good for between 2-4 weeks or so. Baths with good oatmeal shampoo every 3-4 weeks, changed shampoos as well, again ensuring quality and change in ingredients from last with no significant difference. Stuck with the oatmeal shampoo that seems to provide some temporary relief, like maybe 5-10% for a few days nothing significant.

Changed our laundry soap, household cleaning items etc. No fleas, takes good flea/heartworm meds, can't recall name off hand, beagle dr knows what I need so I just pay and go... can look next dose I pick up but it's happened on others and without and basically quarantined for a week or so to see...

It's been a while so don't recall numbers but testing was more than we could afford then and times are tighter now unfortunately. It's possible the tests aren't so bad now but I'm not holding my breath on that possibility really but will check. Anyone have any rough ideas, I'm sure it can vary quite a bit but maybe a few have recent experience that will provide an idea?

I've not done the raw diet but might give that a try if possible after researching how to do it and if possible right now.

She's healthy otherwise, nice coat, soft and shiny and as thick as ever! She acts fine, bounces around and plays then lazy beagle etc.

She's gotten a few infections on her belly from this, she scratches on the carpet, it's looked a little R rated the way she does it to many an outsider... Antibiotics cleared up the infection but rash/itch remained.

She's 11-12 now, I have some memory issues from accident so not great with certain things if you haven't noticed, sorry about the little missing pieces. I know that's close though. She's had this most of her life, I would say at least the past 6ish years.

Recently gave her a script from beagle dr, sorry don't know name, but was expensive and told it usually is great or worthless. Tried for 2 months and nothing.

Anal glad removed years ago without issue. Spayed while very young without issue...

Sorry so long, trying to cover anything I can think of that might help off the bat.

Any help is GREATLY appreciated! That beagle's my little buddy, she took care of me after my accident, wheelchair then learning to walk again over about 2 year span, and I'm going to take care of her for sure!
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IMO she has some real allergies, which probably need to be addressed by an allergist.
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