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Old 07-07-2018, 05:13 PM
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Coonhound Itchy Skin and Paws

Hi,

I am new here, and am hoping someone can help me with my problem.

My 3.5 year old, 75 lb. treeing walker coonhound started having severely itchy skin and paws around January 2017. He is constantly itching his ears, side, and rubbing his chin on the floor (has developed sores from doing this). His back is also hyper sensitive and his skin crawls when you touch it in some places. Lots of flakiness from his back as well. He is always licking his paws too, so those are itchy as well. We live in Iowa, and it seems to be year round during all seasons.

I have done my best to eliminate environmental causes. He gets quality food, Taste of the Wild and Purina Pro plan, (lamb and beef normally) so I don't think it is from that. I have also tried rubbing coconut oil on his skin, and feeding him olive oil, with no success.

I have been to the vet a couple times for it, but all they have said is give him Benadryl (tried with no success), or there is some other super expensive option we can look into.

At this point, I am desperate to find a solution to make him comfortable, and am willing to try almost anything.

Thank you in advance for any help, and please let me know if I left anything out.

Scott
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It could very well be environmental allergies. Anything from general dust to grass outside. I started mine on spirulina for seasonal allergies and saw a big difference.

As far as food....Purina is low quality, and full of unnecessary artificial junk and chemicals. SO many things in there could be the culprit, grains are also a big trigger in some dogs.

TOTW is definitely a better food, but if grains are an issue, then the problem is still there. Regardless of the source of the allergy, it comes down to a process of elimination to find it.
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Ants are a possibility. Have you treated his outdoor area for ants? Fleas are possible, check for them as well. No flea control is 100% and, even if it's on the dog/ an internal given, that doesn't stop fleas from biting the dog unless it's a repellent. Fleas have been bad so far this year in much of the south.
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Ours tends to have itchy skin, and we give her an omega 3 supplement in her food daily. It certainly seems to help.
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Thanks

Thank you for all the responses and recommendations.


What brand/type of food would you recommend? I will look into the spirulina.


I have not treated the yard for ants, would they just be biting him while he is outside? Definitely something to try.


I will also look into the omega 3 supplement.


Further advice is welcome!
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Ants will bite him outside and, they can be in his fur and, end up hitching a ride indoors. Ant bites turn into painful and itchy tiny blisters quickly. That could very well be at least part of the problem.
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Everything you just described is happening to my dogs. It is so sad. I have changed food ect. Someone mentioned buying local honey and giving a tsp of the honey to my dogs daily to help combat seasonal allergies. Have you heard anything about that?
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Yes, RAW, local honey is good for building tolerance to local pollen which can be an allergen. That works for dogs and humans. Filtered (sold without the comb, in a jar or bottle, looks clear and some shade of amber at first, then after a month, unfiltered, may be sold in jars or bottles or, still in the comb. DO NOT GIVE THE COMB TO THE DOG just the liquid honey. Honey only works for allergies to pollen but, raw honey also has some propolis in it and, that's a natural antibacterial agent the bees make to keep the honey from spoiling so, that's good too.

Honey can also be used to shrink soft tissue swelling (like a prolapse) but see your vet for those if they happen, you can't fix them yourself.

You can chew on the comb like gum, it's just beeswax and, it has a good honey flavor.

For food try one of the Pure Balance Grain free varieties for an inexpensive start at eliminating possible food issues.

For the ants, treat the yard for them with a pet safe ant killer like diatomous earth or, get boots for your dog.
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Itching

This has been going on for 1.5 years, and I have never seen an ant on him, so I do not think it's that. Plus the fact that it's all over, the bottom of his snout, paws, back, ears, and anus (which is swollen really big). I guess I could try local raw honey if people think it is worth it? I am very desperate to solve this because he has been rubbing his snout on the floor so much that he now has open bleeding sores.
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Thank you for all the responses and recommendations.


What brand/type of food would you recommend? I will look into the spirulina.


I have not treated the yard for ants, would they just be biting him while he is outside? Definitely something to try.


I will also look into the omega 3 supplement.


Further advice is welcome!
I am a raw feeder, but as far as kibble goes, I would look into maybe Taste Of The Wild, Orijen, or Instinct. There are others I'm not thinking of right off, but maybe someone else will have some suggestions for you on that.
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