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Hi! I'm new here and this is my 1st posting. I have a problem with a dog that has my vet mystified. She is constantly chewing her hair off of her tail and back end. She is 6 months old as of today:), and she just looks and acts so miserable! She has been checked for allergies, red mange, mange,

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    Hi! I'm new here and this is my 1st posting. I have a problem with
    a dog that has my vet mystified. She is constantly chewing her hair
    off of her tail and back end. She is 6 months old as of today, and
    she just looks and acts so miserable! She has been checked for
    allergies, red mange, mange, flea allergies, worms; you name it. She
    is another one of my "doggy rescues", 1 of 10. (Yes, I know. I'm a

    sucker for a dog. We call them throwaway pups). No particular
    breed, but I'm pretty sure chow and lab are in there. Any ideas or
    help would be greatly appreciated.
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    With small "hot spots" I've had good results by mixing triple
    antibiotic ointment with a little benzocaine (cold sore or toothache
    remedy) to numb the itch a bit. The side benefit is it tastes extra
    nasty so they tend to lick a lot less.

    Since she's a rescue she may just be having adjustment problems
    manifesting as a nervous need to lick her backside. Lots of extra
    love & reassurances will help the most over time, but you may have
    to physically keep her from doing it long enough to break the
    nervous pattern. In that case you may help her most by using a cone
    around her neck so her hiney gets time to heal.

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    I wash my dogs in dog shampoo with about a 1/2 ounce of "Tea Tree Oil" mixed
    into the bottle. It is an anti-fungal, and antibiotic herbal oil. I bought mine
    at Wal-Mart pharmacy for around $5.00.
    One of our little terrier mixes has alot of skin irritations, and it works great
    for her, a rescue dog too. She used to dig herself raw.
    I have been shampooing dogs in this for about 3 years, and I have never had a
    bad reaction. Actually I have saved money in vet bills, as our Chihuahua kept
    getting weird fungus type infections in her front paws, and the vet kept putting
    her on antibacterial foot soaks. Now she doesn't have any problems, I think it's
    because of the Tea Tree Oil. Hope this helps, if you do an internet search on
    Tea Tree Oil you can really find out alot of information on it.

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    my chows were chronic for "hot spots" theres a yellow liquid you put on the
    spot that helps ..

    what are you using for fleas? drops, collar, powder??

    whats the temp where you are?

    how is the hair? does she have the double fur of the chow/huskie etc? just
    reg hair of lab?

    inside or outside?





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    Try raising the fat content in her food. Some dogs have terrible dry
    skin problems and other's just chew themselves because they are
    bored...with other dogs around though, the new arrival should have
    plenty to do and others to play with. My ex was a vet, and we solved
    lots of skin problems by just increasing the fat content in the food.
    With that many mouths to feed, you may need to buy a cheaper
    food...but check the fat percentage on the labels and buy the best
    you can manage. Give it a couple of weeks before you give up,ok?

    Good luck!

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    Chows have chronic skin problems (I have a dog that is 1/4 chow, 1/4 sharpei and
    1/2 something else, he's 115 lbs), as well as chronic allergies. #1. Take her
    off of ALL food that includes wheat. I use a food put out by NutraNuggets, and
    it's rice and lamb. #2. Try giving her benadryl. Work out the dose with your
    vet, it's based on weight. Thor gets 1 benadryl every 6 hours (IIRC, I don't
    have his chart in front of me). #3. Make sure she is getting omega-3 fatty
    acids in her food. These acids do a lot of things for a dog. You can add them
    to her food if her food doesn't have them by adding fish oil, which you can pick
    up at any pet store. The NutraNuggets brand I mentioned above has them, but I
    also add more by adding Tuna juice to his food once a week or so. When his skin
    gets overly dry I add fish oil from Petsmart. #4. Get a cortizone shot for
    her. It helps to break the cycle of chewing as the skin heals. When a dog has
    an itch bad enough they chew it mercilessly... But then the whole circle thing
    starts. They chew the itch, it starts to get better, heals and then starts to
    itch as it heals... Then they chew it.

    There are a lot of things that make a dog itch, fleas, ticks, mange, sounds like
    you have covered most, if not all of them.

    Another suggestion is this.... Sometimes dogs urine/feces is very acidic, and
    if she gets it on her when she piddles, it may be driving her nuts because it
    causes a mild skin irritation.

    I would do a daily bath with a mild soap for a few weeks and see if that helps.
    Maybe even an Elizabethan colar/head cone and applying a safe oil to her skin to
    help soften the crusts that form from the constant scratching.

    Just some ideas to toss out. hope some of these help, I had to go through
    all of them with my big baby (he is such a coward at 115 lbs that when he sees
    the vet coming at him with the needle for boosters, he starts whining) and
    eventually we fixed the problem....


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    I'm almost sure that your dog has the same problem that my full grown dog,
    now over 100 lbs. has since she was a pup. Although your vet hasn't stated
    it's due to flea's, I'm sure that this is the same problem that I have or
    had before I found how to correct the problem. What do you use for flea's ?
    I'm sure that she has been bathed and taken care of; use a natural treatment
    like aloe or a antibiotic cream to heal the area that it's sore. You have
    so many options but the vet should have lead you in the right direction.
    Now the flea treatment, the only thing that I have found was suggested by
    the vet, and I won't use anything else except Advantage, and I now purchase
    it online since I've found that it's cheaper than through the vets. As long
    as I keep her clean of flea's I have no problems. My dd also has a dog
    with get this allergies to the sun!!!!!!! She has to give the dog benedril
    and keep it clean and also apply creams like we do for skin problems. So it
    it one of or both of the problems. I'm sure other will have idea's to help,
    but passing on what it might be, and if you don't have luck with what you do
    for the pup, I do suggest changing vets. I had to since I didn't think my
    dogs were getting the proper care that they needed. Blessings and good
    luck, I'm a pet lover also. I had up to 6 dogs, and 2 litter's of cats all
    at one time. Not to mention my pet rabbit. A lot of work, but they are so
    loving and caring and fun to have around. Donna,Pa.

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    I'm almost sure that your dog has the same problem that my full grown dog,
    now over 100 lbs. has since she was a pup. Although your vet hasn't stated
    it's due to flea's, I'm sure that this is the same problem that I have or
    had before I found how to correct the problem. What do you use for flea's ?
    I'm sure that she has been bathed and taken care of; use a natural treatment
    like aloe or a antibiotic cream to heal the area that it's sore. You have
    so many options but the vet should have lead you in the right direction.
    Now the flea treatment, the only thing that I have found was suggested by
    the vet, and I won't use anything else except Advantage, and I now purchase
    it online since I've found that it's cheaper than through the vets. As long
    as I keep her clean of flea's I have no problems. My dd also has a dog
    with get this allergies to the sun!!!!!!! She has to give the dog benedril
    and keep it clean and also apply creams like we do for skin problems. So it
    it one of or both of the problems. I'm sure other will have idea's to help,
    but passing on what it might be, and if you don't have luck with what you do
    for the pup, I do suggest changing vets. I had to since I didn't think my
    dogs were getting the proper care that they needed. Blessings and good
    luck, I'm a pet lover also. I had up to 6 dogs, and 2 litter's of cats all
    at one time. Not to mention my pet rabbit. A lot of work, but they are so
    loving and caring and fun to have around. Donna,Pa.

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    Hi,
    Sounds like "hot spots" to me. Most grocery stores sell a "hot spot"
    medicine. I'm not sure what it is called, but it has the words "hot spot"
    on it. I've had a couple of dogs that have done that, and this over the
    counter med seemed to help.

    It could also be fleas. Not my dog, but my cat, chews her tail when she has
    fleas.
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    My dog use to do that...she is super spoiled rotten Could it possibly be
    hot spots? Maybe some sulfadene (sp?) will help. Or maybe because she is a
    "throwaway pup" she may be suffering from anxiety and may need a little more
    tender loving care. Some dogs act that way when they were abused and then they
    were
    brought into an environment where there is to much going on. I love my dogs
    also. And am very amazed at their personalities...
    My dog ZsaLou, can have one flea...and she'll tear through her flesh to get
    it. She also panics when a fly or wasp flies around her..she is part German
    Shepherd and weighs 60 lbs. So when a fly comes in the house she'll jump right
    on our lap....she can be a heavy burden at times
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    My dog use to do that...she is super spoiled rotten Could it possibly be
    hot spots? Maybe some sulfadene (sp?) will help. Or maybe because she is a
    "throwaway pup" she may be suffering from anxiety and may need a little more
    tender loving care. Some dogs act that way when they were abused and then they
    were
    brought into an environment where there is to much going on. I love my dogs
    also. And am very amazed at their personalities...
    My dog ZsaLou, can have one flea...and she'll tear through her flesh to get
    it. She also panics when a fly or wasp flies around her..she is part German
    Shepherd and weighs 60 lbs. So when a fly comes in the house she'll jump right
    on our lap....she can be a heavy burden at times
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    http://www.paheartland.com/ go to t his site and buy some stuff for pigs,
    Pigs are very itchy and will rub their selves raw. Buy

    So-Soft Plus
    Topical spray formula for itchy, crusty and scaly skin and helps reduce
    excessive scaliness.
    Contains novasome and coal tar solutions.
    So-Soft Plus: 12 oz. Only $12.95


    I would treat the dog for parasites any way and mange, You have to scrape
    the skin so hard to get enough evidance of mange to show up on a slide.Good
    Luck
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    Thanks Emily. It is very possible that she has a wheat allergy. I don't know
    if my vet checked for that. I would think so, he checked for everything else or
    so he said. The benadryl is a good idea; in fact I just thought about it today.
    I have another dog that has allergies to plastic. ( I get all the sad cases,
    altho I have placed 6 strays with homes this year.) We have a weight dosage
    chart for that, so I will start that tonight with her supper. Seeing as I just
    bought some tuna today, I will add that to her supper as well. Thanks again,
    and give Thor a doggie treat for me! Mitz
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    If you suspect allergies I suggest finding a homeopathic vet who can help you. Benedryl (although effective) will leave your "bundle of puppy fun" sleeping much of his/her day away. A homeopathic vet will be able to find you an all natural alternative to convential allergy meds that will probably do less damage on your four legged buddy's system.

    Also, you might want to have tests done for thyroid problems, Staph infections, fungal skin infections or other hormonal problems. You probably right and it is not a serious condition but just to be on the safe side you may want to check out these possibilities.

    If you are certain it is an allergy and the hair loss and sores are mostly on the backside I would lean towards a food allergy. Common allergents include (but are not limited to) beef, pork, chicken, milk, whey, soy, eggs, fish, corn, wheat and perservatives. You may want to cut out commercial based pet foods and feed a diet of 1 prt protein and 1 prt starch for about a week to see if the problem gets better. If it does, readd his/her reg diet and see if symptoms return. If the symptoms do return, you know you are dealing with an allergy to an ingredient in his or her food. Then you can find out which ingredient by process of elimination (annoying but worth it in the end)

    I hope this help,

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    We have yorkies We now know the reason for bad body oder and hair lost was the poision dog food products that the USA brought in. Two died. We have one that ia now deaf and blind. Her oder is gone her hair is now back and to the floor. She is now 14 yrs.
    the others died 10 and 12 but were ill for several years and vets could not find anything to help or reason for what was going on with them. And NO it was not their age that made them al lsick in the same problems. When will this country get their head out of their butt?

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