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Old 12-06-2017, 08:10 PM
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My dog has skin issues and needs your help!

If anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.

My dog this year has always smelled bad and had spontainous sores that would sluff off. I finally gained ground when researching the smell and stumbling into the idea that he had a yeast infection. I put him on a no carb diet a few months ago and the smell has decreased significantly. I also give him daily vitamins that has little or no Brewer's Yeast (which is hard to find).

However, a few months ago the sores increased and the vet told me it was fleas even though she could only find 2. Said that even 1 flea could trigger his reaction and told me I was not doing enough to kill the fleas in the back yard. She has him on monthly Simparica flea chewables and Antiparasitic & Antiseborrheic anti-fungai medicated shampoo for the skin scaling. He also has these bumps on his muzzle and forehead that sluff off and have left his face looking hairless and horrible.

These pictures are of him right after a bath (he is still wet). No fleas were in the tub after a treating him with the anti-flea soap, then rinsing and applying the medicated shampoo and leaving it on him for 10 minutes (he hates this...oh does he howl if I leave).

I am at a loss what to do. He is getting worse, not better.

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I would get a second Vets opinion.
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Old 12-06-2017, 08:47 PM
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I also would get another vets opinion as well. It looks like, and what you are describing sounds like an immune system issue.

What kind of food are you feeding?

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He may also be having a bad reaction to the flea treatments and the shampoo. Simple dawn dish soap can get rid of fleas and an oatmeal based shampoo is very soothing (I as a human has very very sensitive skin). Have you thought about the seresto collar? I know if they take an oral medication it could react badly but because it's in there system you can't just "take it off" to relieve the pain. Oh an coconut oil helps a lot to (I have a boxer with troubling skin) and if he is itchy you can run hydrocortisone cream on his skin in the affected areas. It helps them tons.
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Exclamation Yikes! // & a question for the OP

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Simple Dawn dish soap can get rid of fleas...
& an oatmeal based shampoo is very soothing
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I would never use detergent on a dog's skin - even healthy, unbroken skin! - let alone on a dog with extremely inflamed skin, & open sores.
Detergent is bad for skin, it strips all the natural oils & leaves it harsh, dried-out & unprotected.
Also, i think by "oatmeal based", U are actually thinking of colloidal oatmeal.

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has a k9 dermatologist seen this dog? // If not, i'd ask my GP vet for a referral.
U need the big guns on this one, a proper diagnostic work-up.

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Simple Dawn dish soap can get rid of fleas...
& an oatmeal based shampoo is very soothing
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I would never use detergent on a dog's skin - even healthy, unbroken skin! - let alone on a dog with extremely inflamed skin, & open sores. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.dogforum.com/images/smilies/eek.gif[/IMG]
Detergent is bad for skin, it strips all the natural oils & leaves it harsh, dried-out & unprotected.
Also, i think by "oatmeal based", U are actually thinking of colloidal oatmeal.

@Okhelp123 -
has a k9 dermatologist seen this dog? // If not, i'd ask my GP vet for a referral.
U need the big guns on this one, a proper diagnostic work-up. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.dogforum.com/images/smilies/frown.gif[/IMG]

- terry

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I may have worded that wrong and I'm sorry, no I would never use it on a dog with the skin problems showing as they are now, I ment for a one time is desperate need use for fleas (like when I got Dexter I had to use it once because he was so infested but then switched to a very gentle puppy shampoo)

My point was the flea shampoos tend to be harsh because of what is added to em. So once again sorry, I have a hard time working things right some times.
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1. stop bathing the dog!
2. switch to raw diet, using an elimination method, try 1 protein at a time. Ban any food other than raw.
3. keep the skin dry
4. Add oregano sprinkled over food
5. Put 50mls of Apple cider vinegar in a 4litre bucket of water, and ensure dog only has this water to drink.

Manage the itching with antihistamines, buy a chemist, give the under 12yrs of age dose

Should take 3 months to grow hair back, be glossy and healthy once more. In my experience.
oh, and ditch your vet!
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ps. vagisil: human femine hygeine product, cheap as chips, has EXACTLY the same active ingredient as maleseb which your vet probably charges the earth for.
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He may also be having a bad reaction to the flea treatments and the shampoo. Simple dawn dish soap can get rid of fleas and an oatmeal based shampoo is very soothing (I as a human has very very sensitive skin). Have you thought about the seresto collar? I know if they take an oral medication it could react badly but because it's in there system you can't just "take it off" to relieve the pain. Oh an coconut oil helps a lot to (I have a boxer with troubling skin) and if he is itchy you can run hydrocortisone cream on his skin in the affected areas. It helps them tons.
Uhh, no dish soap. That's about the worst you could use for any skin on a dog. Plain water will get rid of fleas. They drown very easily. A regular shampoo will also get rid of fleas.
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Uhh, no dish soap. That's about the worst you could use for any skin on a dog. Plain water will get rid of fleas. They drown very easily. A regular shampoo will also get rid of fleas.
I also explained and corrected what i meant to leashedforlife up above
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