My family has an St. Bernard and he been having some skin problems. First of all he has a smell to him and all he does is itch himself all the time! He has red spots on him and his hair falls out were ever he has these problems which is all over his legs and stomach and paws and on his neck. I was just hoping someone could maybe tell me what to try for these skin problems for him! Thanks if anyone at all could help at all!
Skin conditions on dogs are so varied that there are specialists just for them! You really need to see your vet and get a correct diagnosis. You could spend a small fortune trying one thing and another and still have a miserable dog. I'd start with making an appointment, watching his food closely until then, and maybe a bath with no soap to ease his discomfort. Get to the vet ASAP.
By Me (Guest Post) 05/30/2008 Flag
I agree! Your dog is miserable & you're prolonging it by trying to be a vet. He deserves better.
I agree I would go to the vet right away. It could be anything from allergies to fleas to deeper problems. If they skin is dry, try adding a Tablespoon of Olive Oil to his dry food. It will help the skin. Be aware when you first start this they need to go out all the time. And make sure your dog has flea protection. But if it is flea infestation the vet will have to give you something.
By dar (Guest Post) 05/30/2008 Flag
There is a product that is for this it is Nu-Stock you can buy at a feed store or there may be a dealer in your area. If not there is a web site. It will work almost overnight and people can use it too!
Do you have him on a monthy flea treatment? You can purchase the same ones the vets sell at most feed stores for less. I haven't tried the Nu-stock but it says it works for fungal infections which I suspect your dog might have. I am not knocking vets but after taking my dogs three times to the same vet and paying over $260.00 with no results it was time to look for a solution online. My 8 lb 6 1/2yr old Chihuahua female had itchy smelly skin with what looked like dandruff, small red spots, scruffy looking hair and terrible fatigue. She was constantly licking and biting on her feet also. My vet said it was flea allergies which I didn't believe because I use Advantix every 26 days without fail. Because he said the fleas have built up an immunity to it he sold me a new product called Comfortis for $16.00 a pill. It made my dog throw up. When I called him he said give her another dose which she threw up again. She is back on Advantix. He also gave her antibiotics and steroids. I then found out what the problem was online at 3 websites:
It was a yeast fungal infection and maybe food allergies. The antibiotics and steroids made it worse. She had dark patches like "elephant skin" on her underarms and belly besides the dandruff and red sores on her back. He claimed he had done a skin scraping which I doubt because I think he would have found it if he had really looked. I had her on a corn and wheat Purina expensive dog food which the same vet sold me when her other expensive dog food (which had corn and wheat) was making her sick. I found out that corn, wheat and soy can't be digested by most dogs or cats and it causes allergies, rashes, cataracts and more importantly sugar and thyroid problems which causes yeast explosions in their bodies. The dog food manufacturers use this junk because it is cheap. 4-Ds - Dead, diseased dying or disabled prior to arriving at the slaughterhouse, chicken byproducts means heads, necks, feet, stomach and intestine w/contents, beef byproducts means brains, spleens, lungs and brains. Any organ meats and fats means higher risk for cancer as that is where the carcinogenic material is stored. The corn, wheat, soy, and other grain byproducts are leftovers from human food manufacturing with no nutrient value whatsoever except to raise the blood sugar. They spray the food with corn syrup or rancid fast food grease like from McDonald's to make the animal like it because a normal dog wouldn't eat these foods unless he was starving.
Because of chlorine and fluoride in our water I switched us to spring water because these can affect the pancreas and thyroid. I switched my dogs to Blue Buffalo Holistic Chicken and Brown rice Diet Dog Food. It doesn't have any corn or wheat and no byproducts whatsoever. It is lower protein and lowfat. I feed Newman's Own dog snacks and Vida brand glucosamine and chondritin snacks for their joints. I split the suggested amount of Blue into 2 meals per day and feed the snacks throughtout the day plus some fresh veggies and low sugar fruit like peeled baby carrots, apple, pears, no grapes though they can kill a dog. My female dog is down to 4 1/2 lbs which is her healthiest weight ever and my 1 1/2 yr male has stopped shaking his head from the yeast that were building up in his ears that the same vet kept treating for mites to no avail. I bought Nizoral shampoo from CVS put it on them for 15 minutes and washed it off with cool water. Did this 2 times a week for 2 weeks. I gave them both a little apple cider vinegar with a syringe in their mouth which they hated each day for several days in a row and put a little in their water and sponge-bathed them with a mixture of 1 cup ACV to 1 cup of distilled water 2 times inbetween the Nizoral treatments. (They did smell picklely ;) but weren't itchy.) That did the trick along with the diet change. They are new dogs. So energetic and no longer itchy or smelly.
If none of these things help you and you don't have a vet you might consider taking him to your local Humane Society's low cost vet clinic. Well good luck with your dog and sorry for the long post. I hope you find something to help him soon. God bless!
His immune system is shot. Probably from a vaccine. You must build his immune system which will take a complete change in diet to lots of raw, eliminate ANY corn wheat or soy. Rid him and his surroundings of fleas. Indoors needs treatment with dry Borax(2 weeks before you vacuum it up) Nzymes.com granules for skin and health. Homeopath would be great.
I bought this product at WalMart and I highly recommend it for any type of wounds or skin problems. It worked like magic for my cat too. It's called Hopital Stregnth, Dermoplast. It is Antiseptic, Anesthetic, Antibacterial-pain relieving spray. Wonderful because you don't have to hurt the dog by rubbing. Just spray it on and let it dry. I won't be without it. Hope this helps your pooch.
I have a Saint Bernard Lab mix and she has skin issues also, loss of hair, digging none stop, red sores...ect... What i found that helped her was by eliminating all poultry products! I had to switch her food to 4 health whitefish and potato, also you can buy this spray for your dogs red spots called Vetericyn wound and skin care. I found it at TSC (both products). It took a good 4 weeks for me to notice a difference in her. I hope this information helps.