Dog Eye and Skin Irritations
(Joplin, MO, USA)
My dog Mattie has been itching, biting, and clawing herself to a raw mess. I assumed this was left over discomfort from the fleas (more on this in a moment), but it continues almost two weeks after she was treated.
Now she is targeting her eyes, rubbing violently and scratching them to raw bits. They are getting redder and redder and I am concerned that these might be related. Since they are getting worse and not better, I would appreciate your opinion.
Despite several (four now) thorough baths, the foul smell of her coat isn't improving at all and she continues to have flaky dandruff.
Now for some background... Mattie is a border collie that we rescued Thursday, November 4th. Her first trip to the vet after rescue (the same day), she got her vaccinations and was diagnosed with fleas, hookworms and heartworms. She was given Comfortis for the fleas, Pyran for the hookworms, and then ivermectin to start treating the microfilare of the heartworms with stronger treatments to come in the next few months. Behaviorally, she is an absolute darling.
For the record, I immediately started her on a raw meaty bone diet to give her the best possible food source. She eats no commercial dog foods, only chicken, beef, and lamb, raw and as whole as possible.
After reading your site, I prepared a warm saltwater solution and dabbed it on the affected eye area. This seemed to give her some relief and she is resting now without fussing over it.
I still would like your opinion on the matter, and her possible skin condition, to confirm that I am doing everything possible for my little rescue angel.
Thanks in advance,
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