Dog Has Thick, Dry, Itching Flaky Skin on Hind Legs with Some Scabs & Sores and Fur Loss Under Tail
by Robin I.
(Chapel Hill, NC)
My 3 year old female black lab mix has developed thick, dry, flaky skin all over both of her hind legs. It seems to be itchy but has improved a bit recently. She also has some scabs/sores and has lost some fur under her tail near her butt, but the fur on the legs is fine, just the underlying skin looks like thick dandruff.
The vet thinks she might have had some fleas, but they went away when we treated her with Frontline. The vet did prescribe an antibiotic, which I haven't given her yet, because I try to avoid them if possible. She also gave me some anti-itch pills, but I haven't given her them either, because I would prefer to try a more natural approach.
I have given her 2 baths over the past 2 weeks and used a natural dog shampoo, then I applied some aloe vera gel (99% natural). It is a little better, but the scaly, flaky skin is pretty thick back there and I wanted to check to see what else I can do or find out what this could be caused by.
We did switch her food recently to an all meat, all natural dry food. Could this have an impact?
Could flea bites have caused the dry, flaky skin?
We live in North Carolina on 5 acres, and she does run around a lot.
Thanks for any guidance you can offer.
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