Out of control dog scratching, hair loss, ear buildup & loss of hair
(Austin, TX, USA)
My older dog is looking terrible - she scratches incessantly, is losing hair, has scabs and has developed a large lump on her belly.
I saved my beautiful Simone from a terrible plight about 5 years ago. She was living in a dog pen in Alabama where she had been since she was a puppy. She was never allowed out of that pen. They fed her over the top of it which had barbed wire over it... she rarely had water.
I have had her now for about 5 years, she was approximately 10 when I rescued her. She lives in the house, and I do pamper her.
We are on a horse farm, there are a lot of fleas, and my husband and I have taken to de-fleaing the cats and dogs by hand nearly every night.
I brush her regularly... she has tons of dry skin, and large scabs that come off with the flea comb. I also give them baths, but not a lot, and I clean their bedding using Clorox.
Her ears are full of greenish muck, which I thought to be mites. I got mite treatment and cleaned much of this gross stuff out of her very tender ears. Now she won't let me touch her ears at all. She has scratched and made her ears bleed - they are a bit crusty as well. She also has a little hair loss on back of her ear.
She is nearly bare on her tail and her back and itches constantly. Her skin looks like a rhino on her tail and rear end (caused by mites, I have read). My husband has gone to get "Happy Jack", a mange treatment.
I recently changed her diet because she and my Jack Russell (another rescue - pound) were constantly itching. The change in food does not seem to have helped at all. In fact, Simone is looking worse each day now.
Sometimes her nose drips. I believe this changed when we changed her food.
Lastly, she has also developed a large lump in her belly over the last 6 months.
I am so so so worried about my girl... in addition to all of the issues mentioned above, she seems to have lost weight recently. It has caused a lot of upset in our home.
This morning I gave her an antihistamine... she now seems a bit calmer.
No offense, but I dread vets. We are vegetarian and non-doctor oriented, but I am desperate... and hate to know that she is in pain.
Thank you for your time.
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