Rudi's ongoing skin issues

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Registered: 11-04-1999
Rudi's ongoing skin issues
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Wed, 05-01-2013 - 5:05pm

HI all.  Rudi is a dachshund so is so close to the ground and loves to sniff in high grasses, last summer it was one bug bite after another on her tummy,  and every where else underneath.    It finally cleared up with snow and winter hit.

Then in January she had to have her anal glands drained, and a month later she was still licking her butt so Vet checked it again but they were ok.

Some days she licks her paws and I try and redirect her,  but can't watch her 24/7. 

Monday I saw she had 3 areas by her rear, guessing while I was out for a few hrs her incessant licking caused it.  Those look better as have been redirecting her.

Then I see today she has a pimple area going up her left back leg, and when I got home, it looked worse.

A scabbed type area by her pee hole (sorry don't know medical terms here).

I literally sat and cried as just feel so helpless in all this.  What am I doing wrong?

So we are going back to the Vet, again on friday.   Probably won't be told any clear answers as I usually don't. 

She did have 2 allergy shots last Fall and that seemed to help short term and she licked much less.

So has anyone else had a dog that is just one bug bite or skin irritation after another?   She loves her walks, she loves to sniff,  short of never letting her outside, I really don't know how to avoid the bites.  I bought Avon skin so soft but never used it and when I see open areas, very reluctant to put Avon on it.

I am rambling here ladies but just am so frustrated.   She eats and drinks the same, barks and walks the same,  no visible signs she is in pain.

Any thoughts?   Thanks,  Josie

 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-1999
Wed, 05-01-2013 - 10:34pm

Hi, Josie.  I know how frustrated and helpless you feel.  I adopted (foster-failed) a pug who came to me with ear infections, eye infections, hairless patches, skin tumors and bad skin.  Six months later, he has a beautiful, full, shiny coat and he looks great.  The skin tumors were surgically removed and were benign.

Chronic ear infections are also indicative of allergies.

Please forgive me if you are already doing some of these things.  I would suggest transitioning Rudi to a grain-free diet.  If your vet has her on some Science Diet formula, I'm not a fan.  I use Blue Buffalo Basic (limited ingredient) salmon and potato. Supplement with fish oil capsules and/or a teaspoon of organic coconut oil in her food.  I don't know how much she weighs, but if she is around 20 pounds, she can have a full 25 mg Benadryl (or generic) when she has allergy flareups.

Good luck with your precious baby.

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Registered: 11-04-1999
Thu, 05-02-2013 - 4:56am

HI, thanks for answering.  I have been reluctant to change her food as if it is food allergy why are the symptoms coming and going?  Here in Ohio the skin bumps/pimples were gone during the snow months.   And I think the anal glands was because we couldn't walk and she didn't poop as much/well as we couldn't walk with snow and ice.    I have friends who have changed to strict diets, their dogs are no better and in fact are worse as original issues are still there plus the dog has hated the change in diet.     Maybe allergies are worse in Ohio as several friends have dogs with issues.   One has just accepted he will be on prednisone every other day to give him some quality of life.    I asked the Vet if it is food why is the smptoms not ongoing and his reasoning was when she is bored or stressed she feels the symptoms more.   I guess my logical mind is being stubborn here.

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Registered: 11-04-1999
Thu, 05-02-2013 - 11:35am
I looked at Blue website, do you get the grain free one then as not all they listed were grain free. If Vet has no good answers tomorrow, I am willing to try the Blue stuff. thanks again
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Registered: 11-23-2005
Thu, 05-02-2013 - 3:54pm
My dog Vozzy is just like your dog Rudi, he has problems with his skin only in the summer months. In the winter all his allergy problems go away, we live in Western PA. I think it is something in the grass. One vet told me it's the mold that grows on the grass that most dogs are allergic to. I give Vozzy Benedril for the itching, he mostly chews the back of his legs above his feet. I have read that you can wash off the area every time you come in from being outside (that's gets to be a pain!). I also give Vozzy (and Peco our other dog) brewers yeast and garlic pills for dog from GNC to keep fleas off of him, and to keep them from biting him, at the double dose during the summer. They don't get bad breath from the pills. You can also have the vet skin test (VERY COSTLY) Rudi to see exactly what she is allergic to, then they make a serum in a form of a shot you have to give Rudi, you will have to give the shot everyday for awhile until she builds an immunity to the serum, like you do people. Just be careful about a grain free diet, it is harder on small dogs kidneys from all the protein, that's what my vet told me. Also, you can bathe Rudi every week with a special dog shampoo for skin problems, that seems to help Vozzy. So far, all the salves for itching for dogs doesn't seem to help Vozzy to stop from chewing up the backs of his legs.
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Registered: 11-04-1999
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 2:04pm

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Vet said Rudi has staph infection.  Skin Bumps several places, ATB for at least 2 weeks, advised against changing diet until we get this cleared away.  Very frustrated and confused, but taking it a day at a time and hoping she gets better.  Thanks ladies.

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 2:09pm

Hi Josie....first of all you are not doing anything "wrong"....many dogs, like humans, have allergies of different types and some are difficult to deal with.

My dal, ^Samantha^ had an allergy to new grass.  As soon as the grass began to sprout, while it was still high, she would get red patches on the inside of her hind legs.  I would put Benadryl cream on the red areas and it seemed to help.  Of course, you have to watch them to make sure they don't lick it off....but it did help.  It might help your Rudi too.

But, as Gaye mentioned, it also might be the food.  However, since her skin clears up during the winter, I believe this is a seasonal problem.  Either Benadryl pills or cream might help.

Good luck...and please be sure to give Rudi an extra hug for me.

Laura
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Registered: 11-23-2005
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 5:35pm
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Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Mon, 05-06-2013 - 4:28pm

Well....it's not great news but at least you know what it is, and it can be treated.  Poor (((Rudi)))...many good thoughts that she'll be all better soon....

Laura
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Registered: 11-04-1999
Mon, 05-06-2013 - 5:42pm

Oh ladies, it is so frustrating.  Rudi has about quit eating her kibble food.   Using plain turkey or chicken to even get the med down her and because she has to eat something.  Will eat all the treats and biscuits though.  

I live in small town, the nearest pet store is the town over, I went there,  Laura they didn't have the Blue food you mentioned but strongly recommended the Natural Balance Vension and potato.  Well,  I put it out in her bowl,  she looked at it, finally tried 1 pc and walked away.   Tried to order the Blue one online, but I guess because my credit card is about to expire and don't have a new one yet, it wouldn't accept my order.  But honestly, if she won't eat the New Bal, will she eat the Blue one?   

I just hope the atb works and she starts to feel better.   And not sure what to do on the food issue.   Could she possibly just only be a Purina gal?    

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Registered: 11-04-1999
Mon, 05-06-2013 - 6:05pm
OK: found another online place to order dog food and ordered the salmon and potato blue. I guess worse comes to worse, donate all this partially used dog food to the food bank I volunteer at. hugs!

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