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Dry skin???

My almost 6 month old pit scratches in certain areas, around the back hind legs, making 2 small bald patches. Now I am feeling bad for him because he didn't have much hair to begin with! A skin scrapping at one vet showed nothing, the doc showed me the slide and everything, yet the humane society clinic says its menge (without a skin scrapping?) I have tried switching his food, different shampoos, vitamins for skin, etc but he keeps on itching....ani suggestions?

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2 tablespoons of olive oil at every meal...i had the same issue...let me know if it works for you..

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I also have had this problem. with my dog it turned out to be a allergic reation to fleas. it was very frustrating because I tried everything and nothing would work and the vets were not comming up with anything. She was ultra sensitive to fleas. she wouldnt have bites all over her so we were confused. I used advantage frontline and some others but it was an on going battle. I ended up just having to make sure there was nothing like bark dust (wich fleas love as a breeding ground unless its cedar) or anything around that would attract or promote fleas. And spraying the yard, house ect. We also added garlic to her diet. My dad said fleas will stay away if you eat garlic. dont know if its true but it was worth a try!

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I always check my bullie never saw any fleas,but she does have these little bumps on her and she scratches so hard some times she bleeds and this really bothers me because i changed her food because her fur was falling out because of all the scratching,but not any more fur is back but the scratching is still continuing,real worried don't like seeing her scratch so hard that she makes herslef bleed any ideas?

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i will try all of this!! and if it doesn't work Bruzer will at least get a tasty meal with garlic powder and olive oil!!

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just carious, did this work for your puppy??? have you seen any improvements??

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I have only tried in 3 meals for him so far, so nothing as of yet! But i will post in a week or so and let everyone know how it went for him!!

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My dogs both chewed&scratched little/big spots until they were bald. i thought it was mange or an allergic reaction but it was neither. my guess to this day is they were bored.. So I decided to use a recipe my grandma used for her dog (who had chewed off tons and tons of skin). she gave the dog a fish oil pill everyday to promote healthy grow back of the hair and also keep all the hair moist and shiny. than to get the dog to stop chewing we rubbed yucca sap and its spots. yucca is a very bitter plant so they wont chew. but it also soothes the skin. Its a different variety of aloe vera. the hair grew back very fast and they didnt scratch as much because of the oil helping to soothe the skin. they havnt had a problem since. hop that helps :]

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As a dog groomer my first question would be what kind of food are you feeding. Most skin problems are related to diet or allergies.

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I thought so as well. But the first food he was on was Wellness, suposed to be good for dogs with allergies or so I thought, so someone said try pedigree, even though its cheap its ok. So we tried that with canned too. Then vomitting started and he ate rice and chicken for a few days (and of course kept it down) and then went onto rice with the pedigree, now just plain dry pedigree. BUT I feel horrible!!!! I don't like him being on Pedigree, feel kind of bad!! and I think he has potential to be a much bigger dog, but his growth is limited due to his food intake, Ive been to 2 vets who give 2 totally differnet answers. Im going to try Iam's next, I heard they have a sensitive stomach formula? anyone heard of it?

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I thought so as well. But the first food he was on was Wellness, suposed to be good for dogs with allergies or so I thought, so someone said try pedigree, even though its cheap its ok. So we tried that with canned too. Then vomitting started and he ate rice and chicken for a few days (and of course kept it down) and then went onto rice with the pedigree, now just plain dry pedigree. BUT I feel horrible!!!! I don't like him being on Pedigree, feel kind of bad!! and I think he has potential to be a much bigger dog, but his growth is limited due to his food intake, Ive been to 2 vets who give 2 totally differnet answers. Im going to try Iam's next, I heard they have a sensitive stomach formula? anyone heard of it?

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I have my lil guy on Taste of the Wild. He seems to do well on it and continues to gain weight and still keeps a lean athletic look. When I adopted him he had mites and some type of skin infection. He has been on antibiotics for 3 wks. But he still seems to have dry skin and his coat not as shiny as I would like. The SPCA trainer recommended a probiotic supplement for dogs sold at WholeFoods. I have not had the chance to try it yet but I have also read plain yogurt is an option as well. Has anyone tried yogurt? If so please let me know. Please update how the olive oil works out.

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My bullie has dry skin also and i was told it was the food i was feedin her,well took her off of it and she still has dry skin. Does yogurt really help let me know, will start her on some as soon as i can buy some,whats up with this thing with olive oil does this work also? She really needs some comfort it pains me to see her scratching all the time.Please update me on how well these things work, need to make her comfortable.

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I have tried the olive oil without much improvement, and am now starting him on some supplements for the skin (fish oil type things). It also didn't help that I found my neighbors flea ridden cat in my house leaving behind fleas. He is just getting balder in the same spot. My friend, a groomer, says try pills to get rid of fleas, that the topical ones are less effective. So we will be trying that too.

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I have experienced this several times so I feel your pain. Georgia(my youngest) had a flea allergy which caused her to dig bald spots and had little pimple like bumps all over her belly. I could never find fleas and I treated her every month but the problem was the flea stuff I was using wasn't killing the eggs. I finally bought Advantage and within a few days she had stopped chewing and scratching and her fur was growing back. Then we got Lady. Lady was abused and came from a poor environment and had contracted a mite that only Pitbulls get(this was news to me!). Both dogs were losing their fur! I took them to the vet where he just looked at them and diagnosed them with this and gave them medicine (65 dollars per dog!) Two treatments and they were back to normal. Another suggestion could be something you are using to clean with. Both my girls are very sensitive to sprays, candles, carpet freshener etc. I have had to switch to making my own cleaning products (which is a lot cheaper!) and so far we have went almost a year with no bald spots, chewing or digging. We also treat our yard once a month for fleas, ticks and mosquitoes because Georgia is allergic to those bites as well. Good luck!

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my pits pup is really losing her fur around her tail and butt area i don't no if is her food or if it is something else,i will be changing there food soon to an all natural dog food,but people keep saying that it looks like mange,but i no it's not because her mom had the same problem,she too is starting to lose her fur again around the tail and butt area just like before until i changed her food,she got better for awhile now same thing is happening again. can someone please help me help my bullies not be in pain anymore,any advice will help an will be welcome, thank you

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Mary,
I had that problem with my female Kira when she was a puppy. Her vulva area is deformed somewhat and she got several infections so she was on antibiotics a lot. I took her to the vet and she told me that because her body was under stress from the medication her immune system was not 100%. It is hereditary mange. It is not contagious but it can kill them if left untreated. The vet will do a simple skin scrapping and look at it under the microscope. There will be mites in it. It is no big deal really but she should not be bread because she will pass it on to her puppies. It is very common in all breeds with coats like this. I have even had a boxer that had the same problem. Changing the food could help too but most likely you will have to get a topical creme from the vet and put it on the area and within a few days the hair will grow back. You will most likely notice this when they are stressed. Both my Pits have skin allergies as well lucky me. It comes from poor breeding aswell. Hope this helps.

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that means all her pups will have this condition,omg not fair 4 her or her pups because i wanted to breed her again before having her fixed,which was a really big decision for me to make,having her fixed.if this is what they have then i will have to get my daughter to take chula the pits pup to get fixed and the with me for vida ,thank you i didn't know any of this ,they just told me she had allergies to her food that was all ,don't want to lose either of them.thanks again.

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wow I did not know about the olive oil. i'll try that. my pit's belly gets all red and also has those spots without hair and bleeds a lot when he scratches. thanks for the advise

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One of my dogs had a similar problem and after many changes and vet visits i decided to try something simple. I started putting St.Ives vitamin E lotion on all the spots where her skin was dry and the hair had come off. With in one week her skin was not dry and her hair had begun to grow back. She now has no more bald dry spots. :)

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My three year old male pit havin problems with dry skin and also he is starting to develop bald spots the vet said it might be allergies. Do you know from other people that have written in if they have had the similiar problem and if there is any solutions that can help me and Jake. Thank you

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My Blue pitbull got a bad reaction after I applied Frontline. I read on it and it is really bad stuff. I don't know if any of you are using it on your dogs, but I recommend not using it ever. He has always been sensitive, but his coat was fine through the winter and I started applying the frontline in May and he has had two full doses and he is losing his hair and has welts on his body. I gave him an oatmeal bath and bathed him with an oatmeal Shampoo. The vet gave me a medicine for him, an anti-histimine with a steroid and he is better, will take a while to go back to normal. Just want to warn evryone that it is nasty stuff.