Dog Is Itchy, Has Allergies and Loss of Hair
by Susan Bennett
I have an approx 3 yr old Puggle I got from a shelter. The first year I had him, we had some allergy issues, but they cleared up. Now, it's never ending.
It's little bumps that fill up with pustules (vet said?), then they dry up and scab over and flake off... I have to scratch him nonstop, as he is always super itchy.
We walk every night, and I also have a cat, but have had him since before the dog. The vet has put my dog on steroids for a year or better and he gained a lot of weight, but never really got rid of he itchiness.
I had the vet take him off of the steroids and I put him on a non-allergy dog food diet
in mid May. He cleared up week one really nice, and then went right back to where he was before.
His diet is salmon, duck, turkey, lamb. No beef, no chicken, very little turkey really, and snacks, but all non-allergy stuff. It was very expensive buying all new food and snacks, however I love this chubby guy and I want him to be happy.
I always used oatmeal shampoo and he really does seem to feel a little better right after the weekly bath, but it doesn't last long. Just that night or so, and then we're back where we were.
He loses hair, has some bald spots and everyone has so much advice, but none of it works. He has dropped some weight since I took him off the steroids.
His bowel movements did get sorta solid there for awhile too, but are back to a runny mess again. I feed him Blue Buffalo now, and all snacks are within the vet guidelines for the non-allergy stuff.
I still give him the allergy pills each morning (2 pink pills crushed up). Can't think of the name, but they are for humans...Vet said ok for his weight...I am unemployed and do not have the money I am spending now...This new food thing about broke me and it's not helping? What can I do next?
Sometimes I rub baby oil on him all over since he appears to be so dry? Can't tell if it helps or not?
I do use the oil on the back of his neck for fleas and he gets a Heartguard Heartworm pill each month. I've read about using fish oil, rubbing it on him, but that would take forever, as he's pretty big... also, something called Atopica? It sounded expensive?
Also, Calendula extract, salmon oil to rub on him, tea tree oil but diluted, bio-coat by Nickers, and Vit E?
I am desperate and out of money as I have invested it all this food that's not working. Right now, his bumps are almost gone, but he's still itchy and super dry... I think I may bath him tonight, as it's been a week and a half. I have a new shampoo from Petsmart, lavender something, but it's for itchy skin, dry skin dogs, etc...
Also, he's not so hungry since he's not taking the steroid. He was driving me nuts wanting food, and he even ate the cat poop a time or two when he got there before I did.
I have not seen one flea on him, but one time last year I saw one...actually it was on me, but I assume it was from him. So, no fleas, and he sleeps on my bed with me, we walk every night a few blocks and he lives for that part of the day.
He does get treats, but non allergy, which he really doesn't like, but it's better than nothing. I have a fenced yard, but he's not outside a lot.
His ears right now smell bad and they look dirty inside... I will clean them really well when I bath him. They are not usually this way?
I also never gave him much human food, but when I started this new food diet, I quit giving him anything human, however it has not made a big difference.
All the scarring on his belly from the scabs are gone now, but they were there at one time. I feel so sorry for him, as he doesn't understand and I feel like I'm really letting him down, but I don't know what else to do.
The whole point of the new non-allergy foods were so I could take him off of all the steroids and allergy medicines, and he's still taking the 2 pink pills (allergy pills) every morning, but I can't quit as he's still so itchy...What can I try next?