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Old 02-24-2017, 11:48 AM
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Hi there,

I'm posting here because I am hoping to find some relief for my poor old man chihuahua mix named Moogle. Bear with me for a bit of a rant!

He is approximately 9 years old and ever since I've had him (since he was about 2 or 3) he's always had ongoing allergy issues. Sometimes they're better, sometimes worse, but he has always been very sensitive to fleas.

I live in Florida and it seems that no matter where we move, there is always an annoying abundance of fleas! If he gets even one flea bite, he will lick, scratch, and chew constantly. He also has developed an obsession with licking his paws until they're red. His back end is characteristic of FAD with hair loss and very dry, flaky skin (if I pet him, his skin bits go everywhere ).

My main issues are 1) controlling the fleas, and 2) making him comfortable. I have yet to find a topical treatment that helps him, and even when I keep up with it monthly it seems it only helps for a few days before he is covered in fleas again. I've tried just about everything I can think of: organic/natural, chemical, repellent sprays, shampoos for itching, spraying the yard (this I think helped the most, but still only for a short time), etc.

I am really just looking for ideas here because I would love to provide my pup with some relief as it seems to be just about all he does anymore. Since he's so little he doesn't usually get any open sores or hot spots, but he does occasionally get small scabs or red patches.

Another thing is that he gets VERY stinky, VERY quickly. I can give him a bath and within 2 days he has a very musty, yeasty smell. I'm sure this is related to his allergy, so I'm wondering if there is a way to control it as well.

I also have a minpin who does not have any of these sensitivities or issues. She will sometimes scratch at a flea, but she does not get obsessive like Moogle does. My 3 cats are unaffected as well. I feel so bad that I can't help my little man, and that his itching has basically become his life recently.

Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-24-2017, 01:31 PM
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There are medications that will help with the itching, check with your Vet. You could also give him an omega 3 supplement with his food, we do with Samantha and it does help with the itching. Also you must keep his flea meds current to avoid those flea bites. Samantha is the same way with fleas, but we fortunately have about five months of the year that are not much of a problem for fleas. During those other seven months, I keep her current on anti-fleas meds, which keeps her flea free.
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Hi, I would like to recommend this product since I've tried it already. It helps my dog in terms of flea and ticks. You can try it too! I've came across to this site tried their product. I know your feeling since I really want to help my dog. And now, my problem solved!

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First of all, I want to say that I really sympathize with you. I'm from Florida and my Scottish Terrier had the same problems when we lived there - believe me, it was bad! In terms of flea prevention, what worked best for us is Comfortis. I wasn't crazy about giving her the medicine (it's a pill, not topical), but it worked and she did not have any adverse reactions.

The biggest issue is that dogs with flea allergies can still have skin issues even if they don't "have" fleas. As you know, all it takes is one bite! That being said, I had a medicated shampoo from my vet that I would use once a week. It was a huge process as I had to leave the soap on for 15-20 minutes. It did help, though.

Once I ran out, I took things into my own hands. I would recommend the following products which I used religiously:

Apart from that, I second adding an Omega 3 supplement or switching to a dog food specifically formulated for sensitive skin (usually salmon).

Good luck!!
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Thanks for the responses! I am definitely seeking out multiple avenues for elimination of these little pests. I'm going to buy another yard spray as well as getting him back on preventative drops (even though I've had very limited success in the past, it's worth trying again).

I have also started feeding my dogs a salmon formula food (Blue Buffalo) to see if that helps, although Moogle of course doesn't seem to really like it...sigh.

He does have several dermatological issues thanks to this allergy, so I will definitely look into those shampoos! I was also looking at this one since it mentions many of the issues he's experiencing.

I really just want to get my little guy comfortable! These Florida fleas really are resilient. They're also HUGE! It's gotten to be such an issue that I'm finding flea dirt in my bed after my pets lie there... ugh! No good. Any other suggestions are always welcome! This is going to be a long-term battle...
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I can totally sympathize with you. I recently rescued a dog with FAD he also had issues with yeast on his paws. He is currently on apoquel and I know it has help immensely but I have been trying to slowly get him off of it now that his hair has grown back and his skin and coat is healthy. I want to share what I have used and what had worked. The first thing is you have to get rid of all the fleas in your home. This can take a month or two because it will take time for the full cycle to die. I started with giving him a flea preventative I used nexgard it's a chewable but I don't really like it because they are ingesting chemicals through their digestive system and there isn't enough research yet. So I will be trying advantage multi next. So give him a preventative any adult fleas should die within 12 hours. Next wash everything your bedding your towels any blankets any soft dog toys wash it all. Next get a flea carpet powder and put it all over Any carpet you have your house brush it around with a broom. Wait 24 hours and then vacuum throw out any vacuum bags if you don't have bags be sure to put dirt in a bag and throw it away so they (fleas) can't get out. Now after the scrub of the house including every baseboard and under tables cupboards desks any dark dusty places. Now you spray. I used vets best natural home spray but it has a strong clove smell which I don't like so I tried tropiclean natural flea and tock spray for dog and bedding. Smells citrus and cederwood I love it I spray my bed sofas his crate any pillows on sofas and blankets he uses and I spray my carpets too. I repeated this for 2 months 2-3 times a week (it was a lot of work but worth it) I spray my yard with vets best natural yard and kennel spray attached to the hose and it helps a lot. I didn't take him for walks for a few weeks either until I knew the fleas were erradicated. I planted peppermint and lemon balm herbs all around my property fleas hate peppermint and citrus Also I have him on purina pro plan for senseitive stomach and skin it's the salmon and rice formula and comes in kibble or can my dog loves the can but I try and keep him on kibble but if you dog is picky he'll love the can. Keeping his insides healthy is a big part of beating the allergy and fighting against it. Works from the inside out and you don't need to supplement omega oils. Next I have a shampoo I got from the vet called malasob it's gental and can be used everyday (vets advice) you lather and let it sit for 10 minutes then rinse. Then I use tropiclean flea bite relief after bath treatment you let sit for 3 minutes and rinse smells great too! And fleas hate the smell of citrus so it's a win win. I don't bathe him everyday but I do wash his feet everyday with the malasob medicated shampoo. He has not more yeast issues and does not lick his paws. As mentioned all his hair has grown back and he is doing so much better. I hope some or all of this works for you I live in South Carolina and we have a lot of fleas too it's ancontatnt battle but like I said worth it for our fur babies. Let me know if you have questions and if I find anything else I will keep you informed.
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Essential oil blends for fleas works well and won't harm your dog. FAD is a delayed contact dermatitis, meaning that they react to the saliva from the flea and the reaction will likely occur when the flea is already gone. The key to success treating any allergy situation in the dog is to try to help the immune system. We have always focused on treating symptoms but not fixing the problem. Immune imbalance is caused by damaged gut. If you want to get rid of allergy problems, focus on gut healing. There are lots of ways to do this but most of them include diet modification, bone broth, probiotics and something to kill the Candidia (yeast ) overgrowth. This is why your dog smells yeasty. Get some help with a vet that knows about this otherwise you will be dealing with this for the rest of your dog's life.
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