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My Jack russel is 4 years old, and for the past 6 months he has been non stop scratching. I've taken him to the vets countless times, and he's being given steroid creams, and tablets etc but they haven't helped. He has a pink, raised rash under his armpits and near his belly button. Also his ears become red from scratching as well and he's losing hair behind them. He's also constantly licking and biting at his paws. I am at my wits end! I hate seeing him so agitated by the constant itch, and I've spent hundreds of £'s at the vet to no avail. Any advice would be very much appreciated!!!!
 

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Could be anything from food or environmental intolerance to medical to psychological...

Lets start with food - What is the exact brand your dog is eating?

Is he neutered? If so, was he neutered young as in before puberty?
 

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He's currently eating butchers tripe because it's the only food he'll actually eat unfortunately. He also eats pedigree mixers as well, however he's not a big eater at all and has always tend to pick throughout the day. He was neutered around the age of 1, and has never suffered with this kind of thing before. I'm not entirely sure what to do, or what kind of things to rule out. The vet mentions allergies every time I bring him there but he can't seem to pinpoint what the issue is.
 

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Tripe? Ok. Pedigree sucks as a food source, just sucks.

If you have a picky eater - and he's already eating raw tripe as a primary, then I would look at feeding raw. It's the fastest way to rule out food intolerance. Many picky dogs love the prey model raw diet. Jack russell would be cheap to feed. It could be deficiency as well, a dog can't just live on tripe.

That's where I would start personally - allergies or intolerances are getting more common in dogs - and probably number one for skin issues.
 

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Yeah it's butchers tripe mix, it comes in a tin and it's the only dog food he'll eat, but even that he's not too bothered with. He's really, really picky. Most dog foods he'll avoid, so I find it hard to actually get him to eat through out the day. Having said that, I'll feed him a mix of cooked chicken and pasta and he'll eat that no problem. I've tried different foods as well, and a few months back my vet advised to put him on a very bland diet of just chicken and rice, but the scratching hadn't reduced after him following that for 2 weeks, along with the creams and tablets they provided me with, so I'm not entirely sure what to do. I'm trying to vary his food as much as I can but its a struggle to get him to eat anything other than cooked meat really!
 

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Yeah it's butchers tripe mix, it comes in a tin and it's the only dog food he'll eat, but even that he's not too bothered with. He's really, really picky. Most dog foods he'll avoid, so I find it hard to actually get him to eat through out the day. Having said that, I'll feed him a mix of cooked chicken and pasta and he'll eat that no problem. I've tried different foods as well, and a few months back my vet advised to put him on a very bland diet of just chicken and rice, but the scratching hadn't reduced after him following that for 2 weeks, along with the creams and tablets they provided me with, so I'm not entirely sure what to do. I'm trying to vary his food as much as I can but its a struggle to get him to eat anything other than cooked meat really!

I'm guessing that this is what you're feeding him Buddies Butcher Block Chicken, Beef, Tripe 20LB | from $2.80/lb - True Carnivores It looks like a decent food.

You'll have to play with the diet to see it that's it. You're going to have to feed him a novel protein, one he's not had before. Since he's had chicken and beef, I'd try fish, pork, rabbit, or venison. You can feed it raw, or cooked, for him I think raw would be best since cooking can destroy some nutrients. If he improves then you can either feed him a raw diet, we've got people on this forum that are raw feeders and would be glad to help you formulate a feeding plan that would be nutritionally complete, or you can look for a dog food that may work for him.

If it's environmental that will be more difficult. You can try wiping him down when he come in from being outside. Bathing every week, or every other week, with a shampoo designed to be used that often.

Apoquel is what I use for my allergy dog, and so far he's done well on it. The drawback of it is that it does mess with the immune system, and that could cause other problems later in the dogs life. Since there is no real long term studies, and the drug is a new one, it's an unknown, but like I said, so far so good, and I have not seen any research stating otherwise.
 

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Sounds like yeast from food. I spent months trying to rule out the culprit. Chicken seems to be the biggest issue. I tried salmon first and than buffalo. The food that works the best is hydrolized protein. Everything is cleared up but his paws...still trying to get those right. Try the hydrolized protein, worked wonders on his skin, ears and eyes. They also gave me APOQUEL just don't give it on an empty tummy. I put him back on the APOQUEL and it seems to be allowing his feet to heal.
 
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