Dog scratching and hair loss with red marks
I have recently noticed that my dog is losing a lot of hair for this time of year, which is strange as now in Bulgaria it is winter and she should be putting ON her winter coat.
To add to this she has started scratching quite a lot and when I looked at it today I noticed there were some red scratch marks on the lower belly, the underside of the hinds and also her armpits.
She had a little itching earlier this year and I looked at holistic treatments for her, so I added some apple cider vinegar to her water and bathed her a little with a lavender solution.
I have just done this now also for her but made an apple cider vinegar solution with lavender...she tries to lick it off after but seems pleased when I apply it.
I have put her blanket out...I think they maybe need some airing...but I have another dog who is fine so if it is the bedding it is not affecting her.
I feed them a natural diet and cook their own food, recently it has been mostly vegetarian with protein replaced by soya...I mix vegetables (fresh and cooked), grains with brown rice, lentils, etc and the soya, some eggs, a bit of cheese and last night they had mackerel put in at the end for their omega 3's.
I also will drizzle a little olive oil, some flax seed oil and I have been sprinkling some spirulina flakes for extra protein and amino acids. They LOVE their food so I hope it is nothing from this...my other dog is completely fine. But she is 4 and my big white dog, Marmite (the love of my life!!), is now 10 years old.
Another factor could be stress. I have been moving houses, been having to travel away to work and been having relationship problems, as we all know dogs are so receptive to these things. But she seems very happy. I live in a little villa in the country so we are out a lot in the nature.
I have also started practicing reiki with an aim to become an animal healer in trauma centres...I have my book and will give my dogs some reiki over the next few days to see how they get on with it. It can do no harm and they can decide how much they want.
I just really want your advice on this, any other things I can be doing to nip this in the bud now. It is cold here and I want her to be warm! :)
It is not a serious problem right now but obviously I don't want it to progress any further.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME
My kindest regards,
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