Hopeless??

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  1. Mach1girl

    Mach1girl New Member

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    Ok, at another thread, I was told I should post this here. Although I am at absolute wits end, with no hope left, I will try once again.
    I have a 4 year old Pekenese. White. Of course, a "puppy mill" dog. Purchased at Petland, at 4 months old, already nuetered, etc, etc.The dogs problem is that he itches constantly. I dont mean constantly, like all the time, I mean constantly like every second of every minute of the day. Non stop, itch, chew, bleed, scab, stink to high heaven, scootching on the tile grout line, crying, growling, constant miserable state of life!!!
    I also think he is developmenatlly disabled(in the mind) because he is soooooooo extremly happy all the time, even in that much pain! His eyes are googly, it's strange.
    Anyway, he has been allergy tested, nothing found. Wheat free food, meat free food, wheat and meat free food(Not sure what was in that!!!) No cleaning materials, special baths, no mange, you name it, I have pry done it, with no success!
    I think the dog should be put down, but he is my youngest sons, and when the subject is brought up......I am accused of hating him, that is why I want to put him down, or something similar. It would devastate my son, break his heart,he understands what I am saying, but he couldn't deal with it.
    My last attempt was a shirt. I put the shirt on him, and he just sat there, looking totally bored, FOR 6 HOURS STRAIGHT!!! He wouldn't move. As soon as it came off, back to his old happy, itchy self.
    The vet thinks his mind ain't right either, and this may be an aweful habit. Like a humans "tourette" or something.
    HELP!
     
  2. Saje

    Saje Island dweller

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    Aww That's sad. It sounds like the dog isn't suffering though. Have you tried a raw diet? Lots of omega fatty acids? what about aloe vera on the skin? I'm not that useful, just thought I'd throw out some ideas.
     
  3. Have you considered going to a raw grain free diet with the dog?

    It's a small dog, so the cost would not be so high to feed it, even a prepackaged one.

    Do you use any sort of flea preventives on him?

    I would also look into what cleaning supplies and laundry detergents you use.

    Many dogs with seemingly hopeless conditions as you describe have incredible turn arounds when processed food is eliminated from their diet.
     
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    there must be something causing this, what foods have you tried, also have you looked at the following
    Washing powder used in his bedding
    Flea allergy
    Water he drinks
    where you walk him
    treats given by you and others
    wormerused
    flea trteatment used
    shampoo used
    all of these things can cause allergys
     
  5. Mach1girl

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    I have not tried the raw diet....I positivly will check into that as soon as I am done here. I haven't tried that on any dog before, so I am not familiar with it, but if you guys think there is a chance...
    He was down to bottled water only=spring, but no dofference, so just tap again. He is on Frontline fleatick preventative, it has been changed, no difference. The treats are wheat free-still. I have resorted to just a diluted mix of bleach water on my floor, my APBT is allergic to chlorine, so it is very diluted, my entire house is tile. His bedding-gosh, I have changed soooo many soaps...my son is highly allergic to soap, and Tide is the only soap tolerable to him.
    Thanks, I will check into the raw diet, give me an example......
     
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    sounds like you are doing a lot to help which is great, when you cahnge something how long do you give
     
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    There's a lot about the raw diet and in your case you probably want to go organic. I think a pre-packaged diet might be the best option for you. I'll get mordy's attention on this thread.
     
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    Have you tried Innova EVO? It's grain-free, human quality ingredients and cooked like no other food. It's supposed to be as close to feeding raw as any kibble can get.

    www.naturapet.com
     
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    with innova evo dairy can be a prob but it depends on your dog
     
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    There is a shot the vets can give that keeps a dog from having skin irritation for about 3 months. Perhaps you might look into that?
     
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    It sounds like you are doing a lot to help this little guy. If the vet thinks there may be something more neurological you might try a behavioural medication. There are some that seem to help with anxiety/behavioral problems, like treating a Tourette's case in people.
    I totally agree with trying to change the diet to find the right balance but as you are finding that he is not suffering from allergies it is a long shot. Of the dogs that are 'allergic' to something, less than 10% are allergic to what they eat, according to the allergy laboratories like Heska. We tend to humanize that aspect a bit since so many people have food allergies. Not as true with dogs.
    I think fatty acids and supplements help if the coat and skin are dry.

    I am sorry to hear that euthanasia might be an option. I would look into the medication first if nothing else is helping. Most are not very expensive, and I have known them to help a lot for a variety of problems including self mutilating behaviour.
    I have two young boys too and I can only imagine having that conversation with them. How old is your son? Let him know you are doing everything you can to help heal the problem and it would only be a last resort if his body continues to give up on him.
     

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