GoingPostal wrote:My male loses hair very similar in the summer due to environmental allergies, he gets hives sometimes too. The vet always wants to start antibiotics and medicated shampoos, they don't seem to make a difference so we've done three rounds of that over the years (2 different vets ) and now I just leave it alone because he doesn't get horribly itchy or anything. What has helped him a great deal was adding virgin coconut oil to his diet, we'd already been giving fish oil. It hasn't been as bad but he still does get bumps and lose a little hair, didn't start until a few weeks ago this year, sometimes it starts in May.
amalie79 wrote:I second the coconut oil-- Luna had terrible hair loss when we found her and is allergic to just about everything. I questioned the vet about it being mange, too. Every single flea bite turned into a staph infection that required antibiotics and lots of bathing. But we changed up her diet a lot, and ESPECIALLY since adding the coconut oil, her skin and coat condition is amazing. She's had a couple of flea bites I think, but nothing that's required special treatment. We haven't even treated for fleas yet (I may still have to very soon, but this is late in the season already), and it is well over 100º here right now: prime flea and allergy weather. She also gets a Claritin for good measure. But I've noticed major improvement in the other 2 dogs' coats since starting the coconut oil, as well, including reduced dandruff. It's awesome stuff.
The dogs also get kelp (we're using Solid Gold Seameal right now) and I've heard that bluegreen algae is fantastic for allergies. Will be getting some of that and starting it soon. Probably won't know whether that gives us further improvement until the fall or spring, though.
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