Jan 13, 2004, 11:04 PM
Post #17 of 26
Re: [surchinmy] HELP! Skin Disease
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I have been hunting for clues on my dog's problem on this forum. And I saw a thread which you asked the following questions. They seem to be the right ones for my dog. If you can share some of your tips, I'd really appreciate it.
*** How old is your dog?
I have a labrador mixed male dog, which is 9 months old.
*** Where does your dog spend most of its time? Indoor or outdoor? Where does it sleep?
He sleeps outdoor. But spends half a day (esp. in the afternoon) with us indoors. He also plays outdoors with the neighbours' dogs.
*** Does your dog itch/scratch a lot?
YES. That's the problem. He scratches incessantly. I have a friend's female mixed dog (abt 15 months old) that is boarding with us for past 2 weeks but she rarely scratches that much.
2 months ago, I took him to a vet and had a jab plus some medication. He said it was an inbalance of minerals, esp. the lack of zinc. That seems to stop the itching problem but after 1.5 months, it seems to start again.
*** Have your checked for ticks & fleas?
Yes. No sight as of now. I tried to give him a bath whenever he's dirty instead of once a week .
*** Are there any hot spots, red spots, pistules (pimple like bumps) on her skin?
I have noticed the bumps (pistules as you called it) on his shoulders and back lately. What are they and what causes it ?
*** Are there any patches of dark colouration on the belly/underside area of your dog?
*** Does your dog's coat smell?
Particularly today. I noticed that he smells despite the fact he had his bath 3 days ago.
*** What shampoo are you using?
I started using a medicated soap bar (relatively cheap) when he started to itches 2 months ago.
*** What food are you feeding dog?
He is having a mixed of canned food (Pedigree) and dry food (a brand called Excellence recently. Used to take Nutro and 1stchoice), milk at night, snacks (dog biscuits).
I read on one website that allergy to certain brand of food with soy products can also cause this problem.
I don't mind going to the vet again if it really cures but the problem seems to recur.
Thanks so much for your input. I actually learn quite a bit by scouring thru the old threads and discussion.
Yang Yang's owner ( Lip Huey)