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I have a one year old pitbull/boxer mix. I have tried tons of medications to help with her allergies. I'm also feeding her hypoallergenic food from the vet. NOTHING IS WORKING! I am so so sad. She stays awake all night scratching violently... mainly her face, but also her chest. Right now her face is raw and red and bleeds a lot. The only thing I can think of is using a cone to keep her from being able to reach her face but she ends up pulling it off or chewing it until I have to throw it out. Does anyone have any advice for home made topical treatments? or vitamins? or anything!!!! It seems as if she has OCD or something. THANK YOU!
 

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She could have OCD. Its a thing in dogs. Or she's allergic to her collar, some dogs are allergic to nylon.

Switch to a leather collar right now. Then, how much exercise is she getting? Is she bored or stressed? What kind of training do you use? Prozac can be used for OCD in dogs.

Does she hit the end of the leash regularly or pull constantly? That can cause serious damage to neck structures. Switch to a harness.
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Have you had her tested for mange? Demodectic or sarcoptic? The test would be a skin scraping.
 

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I agree your dog needs to tested... this may be way off the mark but speak with your vet about auto-immune disease. My girlfriend's little cocker spaniel has been licking and chewing his feet for a very long time, just recently he was diagnosed with auto-immune . They have put him on prednisone and another medication and it seemed to help. Just a thought.
 

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I do think you need to make sure she doesn't have mange or fleas. Autoimmune is another good suggestion.

Also, what is this hypoallergenic food you are feeding her?

Remember that with people, allergies vary. What you are allergic to, I am not. Dogs are no different. There are certain foods that are common allergens in dogs, but your dog might have a more specific allergy to a certain ingredient that's even in the hypoallergenic food.

Also, there are things in the environment that can be allergens too. A friend of mine has a labrador/poodle that is allergic to grass. Our club had a picnic and she had to take Ellie to the hospital afterwards because she was munching on grass constantly and had a reaction.

Go back to the vet and have some more tests run. If this vet can't find anything or can't help, don't be afraid to seek a second opinion, or ask for a referral to a skin specialist.
 

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I would try one of these foods because it could be a allergy to chicken or lamb which is the most used meat in dog food. Pure Vita or Zignature. They only have one meat in the food. Choose one that your dog has not eaten. Wait 8 to 10 weeks on the food to see if it helps. It could also be the grains in the food also both of these foods are grain free.
 

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Remember that with people, allergies vary. What you are allergic to, I am not. Dogs are no different. There are certain foods that are common allergens in dogs, but your dog might have a more specific allergy to a certain ingredient that's even in the hypoallergenic food.
Very true. My dog is allergic to oatmeal, which is supposed to be a hypoallergenic grain, and is present in many hypoallergenic diets. The diet I feed my dog is not hypoallergenic.

She is allergic to other things, too, but her most severe allergies are oatmeal and chicken. And there I was feeding her a lamb and oatmeal food, giving her oatmeal baths, and wondering why she was breaking out in hives! It wasn't until I went to the store and they didn't have the lamb and oatmeal food, so I switched her to fish and sweet potato and the problems went away.

I really couldn't believe she was allergic to oatmeal, so I fed her some plain, boiled whole oats. Within an hour she had a big hive above her eye, and was chewing her paws. That was the last time she ever had oatmeal (maybe a year ago).

After I figured out what my dog was allergic to, I added fish oil several times a week and coconut oil every day, and it made her skin and coat very smooth and helped improve her allergies even more, however, the major factor was switching her off the food she was so allergic to. I think supplements can help, but if it's an allergy, identifying the cause and eliminating it is the most important thing.
 
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