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Exclamation ITCHY HARRY

HELLO ALL,

I RECENTLY POSTED A QUESTION ABOUT HARRY'S THIN COAT AND WISH TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR HELPFUL KIND REPLIES.

HARRY NOW HAS PATCHES OF FUR MISSING FROM HIS REAR FLANKS, FOUR PAWS AND LOWER BACK DUE TO BITING AND SCRATCHING.

THE VET TREATED WITH REVOLUTION FOR MITES AND MANGE, AND TEMARIL-P (STEROID AND ANTI ITCH), WE TREATED WITH FRONTLINE A MONTH AGO AND WE ARE SELF MEDICATING WITH 12MG OF BENADRIL EVERY 7 HRS. HARRY HAS NO FLEAS.

THE PROBLEM SEEMED TO GET WORSE AFTER CHANGING FROM THE ROYAL CANINE THE PET STORE FED HARRY, TO DICK VAN PATTEN ULTRA WITH EVERY THING IN IT(CHICKEN,LAMB,DUCK,RICE,GRAINS,ETC,ETC). A FEW DAYS AGO WE SWITCHED TO DICK VAN PATTEN NATURAL BALANCE WITH FISH AND SWEET POTATO.

HARRY'S STOOLS ARE NORMAL EXCEPT HE PASSES STOOL ABOUT 3-TIMES A DAY, HE IS ALWAYS ACTIVE AND IN GOOD SPIRITS. HARRY IS 8 MONTHS OLD.

HERE ARE MY QUESTIONS;

1) IS A BLOOD TEST EFFECTIVE IN DIAGNOSING HARRY'S SKIN CONDITION.
2) HAS ANYONE TRIED INTERNET REMEDIES SUCH AS NZYNES,SKI-EZE,DIN- O-VITE OR OTHER HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES.
3) HOW LONG SHOULD IT TAKE FOR THE NEW FOOD TO TAKE EFFECT.
4) DO COOL OATMEAL MEDICATED BATHS HELP OR IS THIS JUST TEMPORARY
5) HARRY SEEMS TO BE PULLING HIS HAIR OUT, WILL IT EVER GROW BACK.

THANKS FOR READING MY POST AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR SUGGESTIONS.

HARRY & NORM

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Hi Norm
Have you researched threads on here about allergies? I do not have any knowledge about the hair coming out, but if nothing seems to be working, I would definitely look into allergies. There should be tons on information about that on here and other members with that issue can chime in . . .

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I don't know if this would be helpful at all, but I recently switched the shampoo regimen with my boys. I bought Plum Silky shampoo, Nature's Specialty Re-Moisturizer with Aloe (which says it heps relieve itching, among other things) and Quicker Slicker for easy coat management.

My boys don't have the itching problem so I'm sure others can help you more. I hope it gets better soon.

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ITCHY HARRY

HARRY PROBABLY HAS ALLERGIES, WHERE CAN I RESEARCH THAT SUBJECT.

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP.

HARRY & NORM
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If it's food allergy related you'll definitely want to get him on a food that has only one protein source and put him on an elimination diet so you can get a feel for what, exactly, is causing the problem. Read Jill's thread about Tess's allergies (do a forum search on Allergies, Allergies, Allergies). She had a full allergy skin test done and is doing some very specific things to alleviate Tess's itchies.
Has Harry been tested for SA (Sebatious Adenitis)? That can cause hair loss. I'm not sure about itching though.
I'd defintely try to find some homeopathic remedies because too many meds might start interfering with each other and lessen their effectiveness or cause other problems.
I hope you find some solutions for him.

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ITCHY HARRY

THANKS SUSAN,

HARRY DOESN'T HAVE S.A. I AM ALSO CRUISING THE ALERGY THREADS THEY SEEM TO HAVE SOME GOOD INFO.

HARRY & NORM
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I imagine that you have to give the food time to get into his system for it to go into effect. Somewhere between 2-4 weeks. Maybe look into an anti-itch spray such as hydrocortisone. Idk maybe its me but I'm not a fan of oatmeal shampoo well straight oatmeal shampoo anyways. You might look into Shea Pet (www.sheapet.com) products they have a Sulfate Free shampoo thats geared towards allergies & itching. Their products always leave my Havs coats feeling silky. They also have grooming sprays geared for itching. An added bonus their products naturally deter fleas.

Furminator recently came out with a Tub brush for bathing. Although, their other brushes aren't recommended for non-shedding dogs this one will do no harm. It'll help stimulate the skin & help get rid of the dead skin.

Might look into a food supplement such as Solid Gold Seameal that is known for helping skin allergies. You can read reviews on petco.com or onlynaturalpet.com

I love this magazine Animal Wellness.
Here is an article on itching:
http://animalwellnessmagazine.com/art/aV64_14.htm

Good luck, I hope you find something that cures Harry's itching.
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Todd has severe flea allergies...one bite affects him for two weeks and so I keep him on Revolution and dust the house with Diatomaceous Earth to keep the fleas away.
The symptoms sound almost exactly like Todd's but it could be a food allergy or pollen allergy.
A cost effective way of trying the oatmeal bath is to buy some oatmeal ,pour about 1/2 cup to 1 cup into an old tube sock (I use mismatched one's) Tie it shut and let it sit in the tub of water while you bathe your dog.
If you squeeze the sock while it's wet all of the goo that comes out is the good stuff..it will turn the water white and make coat and skin soft and moisturized.
I give my kids oatmeal baths for Eczema quite a lot and they also work great for Todd's itchy skin.

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My Nikki had horrible allergies that would cause her to chew and pull her hair out. For Nikki is was usually seasonal. I can tell you that her hair always grew back. I had a cat with flea allergies that caused the same thing. One bite would cause him to chew and lick himself bald where ever he could reach. His hair too always grew back. The vet would give me prednisone when they were suffering with the itchies.

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itchy Harry

Luna,

Thanks for your note, Harry is going back to the vet today. Benadryl seems to be giving Harry some relief and his hair is showing sign of regrowth.
We are hoping that his food may have been the cause of his itching and we changed to Natural Balance fish and sweet potatoes last week. So far no results but we are hoping to see results in a few weeks.
I am going to ask the vet for his recomendations for a topical spray to help alleviate his discomfort.

Thanks,

Norm & Harry.
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