Blue Heeler is EXTREMELY Flaky, Itchy, and STINKY HELP PLEASE

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Old 09-24-2019, 03:00 AM
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Unhappy Blue Heeler is EXTREMELY Flaky, Itchy, and STINKY HELP PLEASE

My Blue Heeler smells pungent.
I give him oatmeal baths, feed him Benedryl on windy days, have taken him to the vet for allergy shots and skin samplings, vacuum him with the vacuum sweeper and he's just as crusty as ever. When i comb him with a fine tooth combs during baths or when he's dry, it looks like his body is disappearing because of how much dandruff/dry skin flakes off. He loves the way it feels but it worries me because i see his skin is very irritated and sometimes bleeding. He smells rancid whenever this process takes place. I give him baths and condition him but he's just as greasy, flaky, stinky, and itchy as ever.

Does anyone have similar problems? It is very concerning to me and i'm having problems cleaning up after him with his hair loss and pet dander and i would like to try anything someone suggests. Me and Douay would be eternally grateful.

Yeast infection? Mites? Mange? Allergies? Really really bad Dandruff? Solutions?

I've tried to take photos but the greasy flakes aren't very photogenic in every sense of the word. Here's a photo of his ear falling off but you really can't see how MUCH there really is, i almost threw up from the smell and seeing it mist off into a fine powder. One more of a 1/4 of his brush collections.
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Have you and your vet tried medicated shampoos?
Were any tests done to rule out allergies, or to explore disorders (endocrine, or nutrition absorption)?
Has there been any kind of diagnosis from your vet?
A second opinion from a different vet might also be a good idea.
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Old 09-24-2019, 09:51 AM
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What are you currently feeding? He may be allergic or sensitive to something in his food.

Is it possible you are over-bathing him because of the smell? ACDs are pretty low-maintenance on the grooming front, so is it possible in your attempt to help him, you’re drying out his coat/skin further?
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Hi. Awwww. Check out some of my older posts. I had a pup with skin issues. Good luck.
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Has he been checked for hypothyroidism? It can cause skin issues.
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My vet did not suggest medicated shampoos but that sounds like a good idea, i will research some medicated shampoos on my own for yeast infection. My vet said it looked like it was just allergies because she didn't find anything in his skin samplings. She just told me to take him in for allergy shots. :/ Which i do.
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I have not checked for hypothyroidism. Would they just need a blood sampling? :0
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I feed him Kirkland dog food supposedly made with beef and sweet potato.

I bathe him once to twice a month. But that's true! Each time the process takes quite long and i thoroughly scrub him so maybe i should chill out a little on the bathing? I think i may try a medicated shampoo. He shows very similar symptoms to a yeast skin condition.
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I'm not a big fan of processed food for them. You might do some research to see if you can find fresh for him. Made a huge difference in ours when we switched her to all fresh food.
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Your vet should be able to give you an anti-seborrhea shampoo to deal with the greasy, smelly skin condition, hair loss. He can also give you something for a likely secondary ear infection caused by allergies that causes a very nasty odor. I had a dachshund once that had exactly what you describe and determined it was the cheaper, dry dog food I was giving him. Once I bought Taste of the Wild dry food, used the anti seborrhea shampoo as prescribed and regularly used a Q-tip with alcohol to clean deeply in his ears to insure no mites or infection, the dog greatly improved on all fronts. Dog allergies are a real PITA and each case is so unique, you have to use what works for YOUR dog. But your VET is the best place to start, honestly, to get that Rx shampoo for overall care. Another thing that really helped my suffering dachsie's health overall was introducing a supplement of fatty acid granules to his food everyday. I think I used the Drs. Foster product from their catalog, but not sure if they still make that product. I'm sure other companies do as well. Check out PetSmart and Petco for such a product with Omega fatty acids (and other good skin ingredients). Even the VET noticed how his coat and skin improved after I started him on that product.
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