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    06-03-2014, 10:57 PM
Green Broke
What's your groomer bathing in?
Get some melaluca based shampoo, it will soothe tons.
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    06-04-2014, 12:00 AM
Green Broke
Did you have her tested to mange or other mites? I know you mentioned flees, but I couldn't recall anything else.
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    06-04-2014, 10:51 AM
Originally Posted by cakemom    
What's your groomer bathing in?
Get some melaluca based shampoo, it will soothe tons.
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It was an oatmeal, milk, and honey bath.

I looked up melaleuca based dog shampoos and it's coming up with a lot of Tea Tree oil shampoos. Are they similar? Or could you recommend one?

I was thinking of rubbing her down with coconut milk as well. It does wonders for my scalp in the winter with dry skin I wonder if it would help her any.

Thank you for the suggestion I'm definitely looking into it!

Originally Posted by SlideStop    
Did you have her tested to mange or other mites? I know you mentioned flees, but I couldn't recall anything else.
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Yeah we had the vet do a skin scraping and it came back negative for mites. (I did mention it in my OP but no worries I just checked to make sure I wasn't going crazy haha)

It's not that her hair is falling out, as it does with mange, she's just pulling it out by chewing. And as of right now she has no bald spots because I am really trying to keep up with not letting her chew herself up.

Something I did forget to mention, I think, is she rubs her face/muzzle on anything. She'll go walking passed the couch and stop to rub her muzzle along it. No hair loss there though.

How long should I wait to see a change with the food switch? Most of what I see says you could see improvement in about 2-3 weeks.
    06-04-2014, 11:58 AM
Green Broke
Also make sure she isn't getting any treats from anywhere that have grain.
Feed from metal bowls.
I prefer Touch of Pearl Minksheen shampoo.
Melaluca and tea tree are the same.
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    06-04-2014, 12:07 PM
Originally Posted by cakemom    
Also make sure she isn't getting any treats from anywhere that have grain.
Feed from metal bowls.
I prefer Touch of Pearl Minksheen shampoo.
Melaluca and tea tree are the same.
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Thank you!

We swapped her treats out as well for a grain free/chicken free blue buffalo brand treat. And she has always eaten out of metal bowls. I guess I'll be taking a trip to Petsmart to find a tea tree oil shampoo.

Thank you again.
    06-04-2014, 12:29 PM
My dog, Pyg has somewhat sensitive skin and I am borderline thinking about trying this:
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We know one of the Professors at the Univerisity of Illinois who developed dry dog food. Prior to this people bought their dogs wet food in cans.
It seems like a small $investment to try, since the other medications and shampoos will add up.
    06-15-2014, 11:37 PM
So I thought I'd give a bit of an update.

Jetta has been on the new food The Blue Buffalo Wilderness Blend with rabbit completely with none of the old food since June 5, so 10 days.

NO change whatsoever. Nada. Benadryl isn't even helping her and tonight was the absolute last straw with the itching.

We went out for a Father's Day Dinner and Jetta was home by herself for about three and a half hours. She hasn't been ripping any hair out lately. Well this is what we came home to. The "wetness" is an oatmeal spray I applied to soothe her irritated skin.

My POOR dog!

I am putting a call in to the vet tomorrow morning as soon as they open and I am going to have them get me in as soon as they possibly can.

I started freaking out when I saw her poor back. I just want to know what is wrong with my poor girl. It's horrible and I feel so helpless. To make matters worse we're going on vacation for a week in a week and a half and I don't want to have to worry about this the entire time I'm gone.

Hopefully they can get her in tomorrow and we can get down to the bottom of this because it's getting out of hand.
    06-16-2014, 12:47 PM
Allergies in dogs are more common, I had a huge Great Pyrenees/ Anatolian shepherd mix, he was allergic to wheat, he would itch like crazy and got hot spots, after switching to perigee he was fine; now, since he was put down due to bone cancer, we have a very sensitive mix dog ( have NO clue what his breed is) I've found that Blue Diamond is a good brand, I've been through the whole process of searching different brands, switching constantly , the thing is ingredients change in brands, what was a great brand at one time may change over a few years.
    06-16-2014, 10:55 PM
Another update. I will once again be finding a new vet. ~sigh does it ever

So I was able to call the vet's office and get an appt for this afternoon.
That's about the only good part of this excursion because it was a complete 360
From the first experience I had with this vet.

So my friend came over to come with me to take Jetta to the vet. We decided to check her over before we went. Turns out despite our flea and tick regime she had a few MONSTER mutant fleas on her! These buggers were HUGE! We combed over her entire body and only found three. So freaking out because my one cat is allergic I check him and find one. Same with my other kitty.

Ugh just my life (I only say this because A LOT is going on and it's getting stressful)

So now I'm having a freak out moment. We take Jetta to the vet and tell them our findings and he dismissed EVERYTHING we said. I told him we found three fleas on her but that we had been using Frontline. He combs her and says I don't think it's fleas because I don't see any so your Frontline must be working. Umm no not if I found fleas on her!

He then proceeds to tell me that it is a pollen or dust allergy and it's very common with dogs. I didn't even try explaining that we've had virtually no pollen in my area. I'm thinking it's a flea allergy at this point because we've never dealt with fleas on her before. Because she's exhibiting "allergy" symptoms like rubbing her muzzle and biting her paws and the god awful chewing. He gave her a 10mg shot of Prednisone. (Sp?) and prescribed her a Prednisone pill for the next week and a half.

Then since he is determined that it is a pollen allergy he told me to give her a bath TWICE a WEEK for the REST OF ALLERGY SEASON to clean the pollen off of her coat so she doesn't itch. And then continue applying the Frontline because "It's working so well." How are you going to ignore the fact that I found monster fleas on my dog five minutes before I came to the office?

Needless to say I am a bit upset at the way we were treated.

So beings as I think ,now that I actually saw the fleas, that it is a flea allergy the Prednisone tabs should help with the allergic reaction. She's going to be on 2.5mg twice a day for 5 days. Then 2.5mg once a day for 5 days. And then 2.5mg every other day till it's gone. Also, I donated my Frontline to the local shelter and bought Vectra (Flea and tick treatment recommended by a friend's mom for Jetta and both of my cats. We shall see how that works.

I can't believe this is happening, we're always so right on top of everything. Ugh sorry if I sound like a bit of a priss it's just a lot of different things piling up recently. Lack of sleep doesn't help (only got two hours last night and probably a total of 10 hours last week. Definitely not ideal.)

After the Prednisone shot I noticed a dramatic decrease in scratching, chewing, and muzzle rubbing. Also, a decrease in redness on the hive like areas she had.

Hopefully with the Vectra and the Prednisone we'll get everything cleared up and back on track. I guess the fleas became immune to the Frontline. =/
    06-17-2014, 12:11 AM
I feel for you; I went through this with my old pitbull. We thought it was food, and switched to kibble that was grain and preservative free and had no byproducts, which did help a bit. It turned out to be a grass allergy combined with arthritis. Whenever her allergies flared up she got waxy smelly ears and full anal glands, so off to the groomer to get cleaned out. Anti-allergen baths (by the groomer), keeping her off the grass whenever possible and bathing her often helped with the allergies. Unfortunately, she pulled her hair out where she was aching with arthritis, like on her ankles and hips. I would massage her for some relief and she'd groan with happiness, stretch and lean into my hands; it must've helped somewhat. That prednisone will drive you crazy though; our dog was constantly starving and drink her water bowl empty every time it was filled, and then pee in the house because she couldn't hold it, when she was on prednizone. And I never noticed it helped that much. So we just did a natural, clean diet for her and no playing on grass, and staying inside as much as possible during hayfever season. It helped her to live a comfortable life until she passed away at just over 10 years old, poor thing. Oh and our vet made us put her on a diet because being lean and fit helps a lot with arthritis.
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