my dog has a really itchy face ?

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  1. antjen78

    antjen78 New Member

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    hi everyone i have a 2 year old shih tzu his name is sammy i got him from a pet store big mistake that was . his health problems started around the time he was 10 -11 months old he got a hot spot on his neck when i discovered it i tokk him to the vet immediatley and was given an ointment for the hot spot within a week it was gone but this problem progressed and he got very itchy started to chew on him self and thining the hair on all his legs and feet and on his side and more hot spots that got really bad i took him to the vet again and was told this was an alergy i then took him to a holistic vet and started him on the dog food innova this really did not help any and the hot spots were getting worse and also started with itching face and hairloss on the face and he once got a hotspot so large on his back i rushed him to the animal hospital and he was given a shot of steroid and was put on predisona and cephlixin antibiotic this only calmed him down and he was also put on a malseb shampoo . i then took him to a vet dermatoligist and he was diagnosed with malassezia pachydematis when one of his hot spots were scraped for a sample he was then put on an atifungle drug and more antibiotics after he was don with all the drugs everything cam back so i stared to do some research and came across this web site www.wdcusick.com and started to learn about breed specific diets so i had nothing to lose and ordered the recepie and i could not believe it but he started to get better no more hot spots and itching started to decrese he has been on the food that i make at home with fresh ingriedents since april 04 but his face still gets very itchy he has some hairloss and he is always scratching and rubbing his face on the floor and when he does this he wines and this is killing me i want to find out what this is please help
     
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    Renee750il Felurian

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    If he was diagnosed with a fungal dermatitis you need to consider that he possibly has a systemic yeast-type infection. There's great information on this and how to treat it at www.greatdanelady.com
     
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    Another thing possibly to check is his food/water dish. I have heard of some dogs having a reaction on their face/chin due to it coming in contact with the dish. If you are using plastic many times this can be the cause of the problem. You've done a great job getting him help and greatly decreasing his problem. :) I wish you success!
     
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    Good idea, Poodlesmom! Plastic also tends to harbor bacteria, mildew and fungi even with regular washing. Stainless steel is a good alternative to plastic dishes.
     
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    thanks for all the replys ive heaed about this and changed his water and food bowls over to cermaic ones long ago but thank you for all your help
     
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    I can't believe you went to so many vets and they can't even help you. How about human food. Strictly meat only?
     
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    hi every one i have something else to ad to all of his symptoms when you smell his face it has the same oder as the inside of his ears . his face is the only part on his body affected ans the area affected are his lips arond his eyes and his chin and part of his snout . the rest of his body is perfect his coat is beutuful full and soft and healthy.

    my second question is about bendryl has anyone used this on there dog and does anyone know the proper dose for their weight and does anyone know if this can be harmful i want to try this .

    thank you for all your help
     
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    Our vet has put Farley on benadryl for his allergies. He weighs 64 lbs. and is on 2 pills twice a day. Needless to say your furpal would need a lower dosage. Perhaps if you just call your vet they'll tell you the proper dose for his weight.
     
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    If you haven't yet, please read the information on systemic yeast at www.greatdanelady.com. This sounds like a manifestation of a systemic fungal infection, which vets routinely do not even consider - they will pooh-pooh you if you ask about it nine times out of ten, as there's not a "magic bullet" pharmaceutical cure for it. You have to attack it nutritionally and supplementally; vets are ill equipped to do this and in fact, most do not want to consider it.

    Benadryl is only a temporary treatment for symptoms for a problem like this; it will NOT effect a cure, only cover it up allowing the problem to worsen over time. It's a good, quick fix up for things like bee stings and other allergic reactions, but it is not a cure. And you wouldn't want your human kid to be zonked out on Benadryl consistently would you?
     
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    wow, I can't believe I've found someone who has the exact same problem as my dog. It's unreal, the symptoms are exactly the same, right down to the smell of his face! I'm at a loss, I don't know what to do, I've been to a ton of vets, they all say it's a food allergy, but I've tried all of their suggestions, short of actual allergy tests which I haven't yet tried because I'm not convinced - the itching is only restricted to his face, everything else is completely fine - including his paws. This is also the reason I'm not sure it's a yeast problem. I'm going to try what Rene750il has suggested, but again, my dog looks nothing like the dogs in the pictures - they show hair loss all over the body. either way it's worth a shot and I appreciate the suggestion. Please let me know if anyone else has any other suggestions because it's driving me and my dog crazy.
     
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    not condoning self diagnosis, but I've had a similar problem with my shepherd. I suspected allergies. (not related to food) he had ringworm in the past, which cleared after a month of treatment. then he started rubbing his face with his paw alot. no hair loss...just seemed annoyed. I suspected ear mites...and he was really rubbing his ear/head........treated for that, and he seemed to rub his eyes again. I give him benedryl now because I am convinced it is an allergy of seasonal origin..like people. but...I also started bathing him in Malaseb shampoo. it is antifungal. also am giving him Omega 3 fish oil capsules. the end result...no more rubbing, beautiful coat. in my case I suspected it could be ringworm again (hence the shampoo). in my area there are no vets specializing in dermatology....and I have no faith in my reg. vet. (I can just see alot of guessing and raping of my wallet) my reason for posting is, IF you do not think it is yeast but rather a fungus problem...try the shampoo. use extreme caution not to get it near the eyes. I don't know if this helps at all......just sharing my experience. :) hope your pup feels better soon!
     
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    Has anything helped? My dog has the exact same problem!
     

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