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Skin Allergies

Postby BrowniesMom » Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:44 am

My Brownie has a moderate case of skin allergies, and he also seems to keep that musty dog smell, even immediatly following a bath. We use a shampoo that is supposed help clear up his patchy skin, but I think there has got to be some other way to solve both issues, because it seems like they are connected somehow. His stinkiness is driving me nuts, and he can't be happy with itchy skin.

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Postby pblove » Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:25 am

do you know what he is allergic to?

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Postby Misskiwi67 » Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:27 am

Do some allergy testing, find out what he's allergic to and then you can avoid the allergens or do immunotherapy.

What kind of shampoo are you using? I prefer Chlorhexaderm and Malaseb for allergy issues...

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Postby BrowniesMom » Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:57 am

I don't know what he's allergic to. My best guess is maybe some kind of mold, or some other environmental issue, because I dont use any kind of chemicals or detergents on his crate, or his bed. The shampoo is some kind of prescription from the vet.

Where can I find these? Are these the brand names, or ingredients?

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Postby concreterose » Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:03 pm

BrowniesMom wrote:
Where can I find these? Are these the brand names, or ingredients?


Malaseb Topicals
What kind of food does he eat?

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Postby pavlov » Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:10 pm

Post some pics so we can see how is the allergy formed around his skin.

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Postby BrowniesMom » Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:15 pm

I feed him 365 Organic food (?), it's from Whole Foods.

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Postby wayfastwhitey » Wed Aug 15, 2007 12:51 am

my dog has hives. i've tried everything you can think of. i met a guy the other day and he said his pit gets them every summer. who knows man, i keep taking her to the vet and they cant seem to figure it out, they dont seem to bother her so i'm waiting untill it cools off to see if maybe thats the problem

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Postby concreterose » Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:53 am

Vicki has hives now, she has very bad environmental allergies. I keep benedryl, it helps them not to itch...and rubbing aloe vera gel on them makes them go down after a day or two.
Browniesmom, Daphne and Vicki get kinda stinky when they get yeasty...the hot, sticky weather seems to make it worse. I keep their feet cleaned with a mix of 50/50 white vinegar & water in a spray bottle. You can also spray it on his coat, he will smell like a pickle for a while, but it helps control the yeast overgrowth. Our vet told Jennifer to use Selsun Blue on Daphne (she gets REALLY funky) when she gets real agitated, and it has worked really well for her!

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Postby BrowniesMom » Fri Aug 17, 2007 7:55 pm

Oh, thank you! I think this is the problem. I am definately going to try this cause we haven't lived in this house for a week and I can smell him as soon as I walk in! I made him an appt with a dermatologist to be sure.

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Postby concreterose » Fri Aug 17, 2007 8:58 pm

BrowniesMom wrote:Oh, thank you! I think this is the problem. I am definately going to try this cause we haven't lived in this house for a week and I can smell him as soon as I walk in! I made him an appt with a dermatologist to be sure.


If you like the dermatologist you take him to, please let me know. It would be great to have that option to take my dogs to for skin conditions.

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Postby BrowniesMom » Sat Aug 18, 2007 10:04 pm

I will let you know how it goes, I think he's good. He with Michigan Vet specialists in Southfield. They seem to have awesome doctors, they saved our dog when she was having severe seizures.

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Postby BrowniesMom » Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:40 pm

Ok, good vet, he flys in from GA to see patients at Michigan Veterinary Specialists. He says Brownie has a staph infection, which is causing the bumps, and stinkiness. And I had him allergy tested, and he is allergic to almost everything environmental. So he's going on allrgy shots, but I don't want to do them forever, I'd like to try and control the allergies on my own, like I do mine. I only treat them when they are actually bothering me.

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Postby Misskiwi67 » Thu Aug 23, 2007 8:46 pm

It can take up to a year or more for the allergy shots to be effective, so I'd stick with them for a while...

Good for you for finding a vet who can do the whole allergy treatment. I hope the shots work for you!!!

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Postby LoveFiona » Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:25 pm

My friend's pit bull/shar pei has MAJOR allergies to everything environmental. She went on the shots back in May, and they are down from having to do them every day to twice a month I think. My friend said they are gradually tapering them off. I hope everything goes well, good luck with the shots!


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