Rudi's ongoing skin issues

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Registered: 11-04-1999
Rudi's ongoing skin issues
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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Registered: 11-21-2001
Tue, 05-07-2013 - 2:58pm

Hi Josie....I think Gaye recommended the Blue Buffalo...which is a great food.  But, to be honest, I tried it and Cleo didn't care for it.  She was scratching herself last year so I thought I would change her food...but I went back to Nutro Natural Choice and started putting a Fish Oil capsule in her food each day.  That helped with the  scratching and her coat is nice and soft.

Hopefully Rudi will like the new food....the problem with changing foods is that most of them come in large bags and if the dog doesn't like it it gets tossed.  She may not be eating right now because she's not feeling well, or because of the meds.  Hopefully she'll be better soon......

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Registered: 11-04-1999
Wed, 05-08-2013 - 5:10am

Thanks Laura.   Yesterday was the first day she ate her purina one blend food, she is still itching and digging but her skin might be a smidgeon better.   She is on the ATB until next friday but by early next week if I don't see a huge improvement, I am taking her back in to the Vet.  I think her adversion to the natural stuff was it all looked the same, she seems to like to pick out the bigger pieces of purina and then eats the smaller ones.   I really would like to try a grain free diet just to see if that has been part of her skin issues for some time now.  But if she won't eat it, well,  I will try my best but she isn't overweight and right now needing her ATB with some food in her belly, she is in the drivers seat.      Where I work at inner church, the familes that are eligible for food, we have plastic bags of 3 cups of dog food so that is an option to give what I don't use, or a friend of mine has a neighbor who lost his job and has been buying generic stuff from a discount store, so he might use it.  I have always found a home for any food I don't use. 

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Registered: 03-28-2013
Thu, 05-30-2013 - 1:54pm

Hi!  I love and rescue Boston Terriers and French Bulldogs, which are both incredibly prone to skin issues and allergies.  I think it's a common misconception that any one thing causes these types of issues.  Often, it's a combination of food and environment.  I have also found that guess and check is the only way to really find out what food will work for your dog.  I keep at least 4 different formulas and brands for the fosters that come through.  I start them on the broadest formula, then work down to the most limited, and finally cook for them myself if need be (my little guy requires cooking).  Sometimes they are picky about food.  I'm not a fan of raw diets (I have a background in food science and micro), but I have had a lot of success with the diets from The Honest Kitchen, as have other Boston rescuers across the country. A vet told me once that it takes at least 3 weeks to know if a food change will make a difference.  Based on my experience fostering over 80 Bostons, many with allergies, I would tend to agree.

Additionally, you can have your dog tested for allergies.  The tests are usually anywhere from $150 on up, depending on how in-depth you wish to go.  Samples are sent to an outside lab for testing.  My friend's wire-haired dachshund came back as allergic to eggs and flea saliva (flea allergy usually results in flea allergy dermatitis). 

Something else to think about with skin issues is that the immune system can play a role.  For instance, a weakened immune system makes dogs more susceptible to mange, particularly demodex. 

I hope this helps!

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Registered: 09-19-2014
Sat, 09-27-2014 - 4:50am

If there is not any sign so do not need to worry about it.