Incessant Itching Dog Rash on Ears, Neck, Legs, Flank, Back, Abdomen
Ear with scabs
This is Charlie, my 5 year old red hound/lab rescue. He is usually in excellent health. However 2 weeks ago I noticed he started scratching constantly. I saw a flea on him months ago but he never itched that much so I wasn't concerned.
I don't vaccinate him anymore, I refuse to put poison on him, and he eats grain-free food with filtered water and raw eggs from my hens. I also give him fish oil on occasion.
We have a cat in the house as well, but the cat isn’t itching.
About 5 days ago, in a bid to rid the animals and the house of what I thought were fleas, I powdered them and all of the carpets with food grade diatomaceous earth. I vacuumed it up the next day and gave him a bath with tea tree shampoo. Now, he is worse if anything.
I finally gave him Benadryl today to make him more comfortable (it worked, sort of). He's been snoozing more and itching less. However, once I started checking his fur out (which is difficult, it’s thick), I found various bumps and small scabs.
It seems no part of his body is spared. He itches his back, stomach, legs, neck, ears, everything – all day and all night.
One last thing – Charlie has a strong prey drive and we regularly take him in to the woods. He sometimes tracks down badgers, etc. A few weeks ago he came across a dying fox which did appear to have some horrible mange – half of its fur was gone and it didn’t even put up a fight when Charlie shook it by the scruff of its neck before my husband could get him away from it.
After the fox incident I took him home and scrubbed him head to toe, and then he didn’t seem to have any problems, until recently. The only treatment besides diatomaceous earth was I rubbed coconut oil in his ears today because of the scabs. I was considering rubbing it into his fur.
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