- April 5, 2007 at 1:59 pm #240061
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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