07-11-2018, 12:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Patpeebles
Yes the vet was my next thing to do with her. I've tried everything I know. The people I got her from has her on a high protein diet too. She has never been walked, she has puppy pads. So I've tried to walk her some. Previous owners had a hawk try and take her one day so they didn't take her back out.
Do Y'all think I'm doing too many changes with her?
Too much too soon?
I'm trying to calm her skin down, de-flea her
Change her diet, I don't feel she needs high protein, am I wrong?
Teach walking on leash etc.
Sorry for too many questions, I feel desperate for this girl i want her to get better.
It may be that she's allergic to fleas and that is what is causing her skin to go haywire. I have a Chi x Dach that has environmental allergies during the warmer months, and in addition to that he also has a flea allergy. I have him on Apoquel for the environmental allergies and found that it was not working as it should and he'd start itching around 12 hours after his daily dose when it should last for 24 hours. I was completely puzzled about what was going on until I noticed some fleas on the dog I'm dog sitting. I flea combed my boy and got fleas off him! Problem solved. I flea combed him really well, gave him his dose of NexGard 1 day early, and he's finally stopped itching.
Take care of those fleas on her, get her on some sort of monthly flea preventative from the vet, don't bother with the cheap ones they sell at pet stores or WalMart, and if she's still itchy after a week or two ask the vet about Apoquel. I'd also have her checked for a yeast infection, her constantly itching and chewing at her skin can cause one and yeast infections will cause dogs to smell horrible.
What do you consider a high protein diet? The one I feed is 26% protein, but my boy also gets the occasional meal of raw meaty bones, and freeze dried raw food. I'm not sure what the RMB's protein level is but the freeze dried raw food is 44% protein. Dogs are made to eat meat and unless they have some health condition that says they need lower protein then high protein won't hurt them. What I've found with my boy, he's around 7.8 lbs is that serving size is what matters, he packs on weight if I overfeed him even a little!