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allergies or something else?

Lately, Tugger has been getting a skin rash on his head and neck area. I was wondering if anyone was familiar with this type of rash. It looks like tiny dry, crusty, scabs under his fur and it is only around his head, ears, neck and chest areas. He is not loosing fur and doesn't seem really itchy and is otherwise healthy. I have not seen any indication of fleas on him. I am hoping that it is due to a change in food I made from Fromms Salmon to Fromms Duck and Potato. We have now switched back to the Salmon. But, I was hoping for advice from anyone familiar with allergies,

1. How long does it take for food allergies to get better once the allergy prone food has been removed?
2. Is it helpful to use something like an oatmeal bath or an antiseptic skin shampoo, to speed along the healing of the skin.
3. We cut his coat short, is there anything else that could help with healing the skin?

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Hi Deb,

Could it be from a harness or collar?? Obviously that would not cause the scabs on his head... just a though? Beamer had these 'hot spots' as they are called when he used to wear his harness.

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I would see a vet just to make sure that it's not some kind of mite or yeast thing going on. They will do a skin scraping and look at it under a microscope. You said he is not scratching....are you sure? Could it be scabs from him scratching when you are not around?

I don't suspect fleas. It is possible that it is food related, but that wouldn't be my first guess. IF it were to be food related, it would take at least three weeks for it to clear the skin, then more time for the skin to heal. So, might be 6 or more weeks.

I would kinda suspect pollen or an enviornmental allergy before the food issue, but that is based on my limited knowledge, and obviously I could be wrong. But, again, I would see the vet to make sure it's not something else going on. Hope it's a one-time passing thing and he heals up fast!

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Hi Deb,

Could it be from a harness or collar?? Obviously that would not cause the scabs on his head... just a though? Beamer had these 'hot spots' as they are called when he used to wear his harness.

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We first thought his collar and that's why we were so slow to change his food back. But when we noticed the scabs on his ears and chest we figured it was something else.
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If it were food allergies I would think it would be more widespread. I see a trip to the vet in your future,
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Cash had something like this and the vet called it little bacterial infections. His were on his belly and the inside of his ear flaps (but not inner ear) She had me shampoo him twice a week with a special antiseptic shampoo and gave me antibacterial drops to put on the little crusty pimples twice a day. She also advised no air or towel drying but a complete drying. If Tugger has a thick coat like Cash he could just stay damp if the weather has been wet or from the water bowl. Our vet thought the underlying cause could be allergies too...But Cash's condition cleared up quickly in a week or so on this regiment and has not returned even though I no longer use the shampoo or drops regularly.

The shampoo is DVM ChlorhexiDerm 2%
The drops are Tresaderm 15ml

But I agree, you should take Tugger to the vet to be sure.




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Thanks for the advice. I am thinking towards a skin type infection too. We were at the vet 2 weeks ago when it was just starting and the vet thought it was just a bit of heat rash but I guess we will be heading back.

I'll let you know if we get to the bottom of it.

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