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Old 08-10-2016, 11:27 AM
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if you check the video from my first post, you will see how he behaves.
What a cute little bugger. So he is itchy all over.

Baths are important as well through the process, if there is an intolerance, it's likely it's seeping out through the skin and it's important to flush the skin. Look up using apple cider vinegar treatments.

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Vets are giving out pred like candy...

You have to start somewhere, food trial is the cheapest - may be something or may be nothing. As much as I hate Hills, the Z/D should be fine for a three or four week trial if that's all you can get. It's not a food I would give a dog for life. If you do this, feed NO treats at all for 3 weeks to a month, just the kibble.
Apart from Hills z/d, is there any good (or better) hypoallergenic food brand that I can give him?
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Old 08-10-2016, 11:39 AM
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Apart from Hills z/d, is there any good (or better) hypoallergenic food brand that I can give him?
They are probably all the same. With hydrolyzed kibble, the molecules are broken down so small that the body can't recognize them - at least that's how i understand it. It's good for a trial period, but not something i'd want to live on for life.

The other option is raw feeding - there's many raw feeders on the board, myself included. Lots of people cringe at the idea.
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They are probably all the same. With hydrolyzed kibble, the molecules are broken down so small that the body can't recognize them - at least that's how i understand it. It's good for a trial period, but not something i'd want to live on for life.

The other option is raw feeding - there's many raw feeders on the board, myself included. Lots of people cringe at the idea.
Well, as you said... I can give it to him for a trial period. And as I understood, if he continues with scratching after a month on Hills z/d, food is not the problem (99%), and then I try something else. Right?
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Well, as you said... I can give it to him for a trial period. And as I understood, if he continues with scratching after a month on Hills z/d, food is not the problem (99%), and then I try something else. Right?
Exactly. Baby steps, one change at a time - but do give the baths - no shampoos.

There could be something environmental going on as well. Like others have said, could be psychological or it could be internal. You can safely give plain reactine or plain claritin to help alleviate if the food trial. Just check with your vet for proper dosage. Our 10 pounder had 2.5 mg per day, Reactine didn't do much, claritin worked alot better.
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but do give the baths - no shampoos.
Sorry, didn't understand this completely...we do baths, but without shampoo... just plain water?
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Sorry, didn't understand this completely...we do baths, but without shampoo... just plain water?
Yes, add some epsom salts to the initial bath water, the magnesium really helps the skin. Then do a rinse with coconut in water - that'll help his skin. You can use apple cider vinegar as well, it works against yeast and other.
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Who said that bichons are not dangerous?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW42H5HWmsU
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We have a bischon/poodle mix that to a lesser degree has the same tendency. These breeds tend to have dry itchy skin in general. I give Samantha an omega 3 supplement with her morning meal every day, which certainly helps, but is not a complete resolution to the problem. When she gets itchy, I will also give her some benadryl, again helpful but not a cure. I have also at times rubbed apple cider vinegar on her tummy and other itchy spots. Since she doesn't especially like the way it tastes, she won't lick, but its very temporary. We are also careful to keep fleas away from her, they drive her absolutely crazy. We have never had to resort to an Elizabethan collar, and hope not ever to have to. Have yet to find the 'silver bullet' but with the things I have mentioned we manage the problem acceptably. I should also mention she only gets a bath once a month when we take her for her monthly professional grooming. I have always been under the impression that too many baths will remove natural skin oils and can cause them to be itchy.

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Hello everyone!

In new around here, and desperate for help.

My 15 months old bichon frise has a problem since he was 4-5 months old and we never solved it.

When we bought him (3 months onl), he had something around his testicles. It looked like this:
Do you intend to use him for breeding?
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