Treating a Dog With Severe Skin Allergies

February 11, 2010

My dog has scabbing on his floppy ears, which bleed when he shakes his head. This is a cycle that occurs over and over. He is on predisone and allergy meds, he eats a raw diet, which cleared up his constant vomiting and loose stool. I really would love to get him off the meds, but his sinus issues are severe as well. Anybody have any ideas? Thanks.


By Linda from Pelham, NY


February 11, 20100 found this helpful
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My Maltese had the same thing happen but it was all over his body. Meds didn't work so I changed his diet from expensive canned dog food from the vet to boiled chicken strips that we cut up into tiny pieces along with crushed dog vitamins from the health food store. He is fine now and never been bothered again.

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February 15, 20101 found this helpful
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My Cairn terrier constantly chewed his skin until his hair was gone. He was miserable. We changed his diet and he would improve for 6 months or so and then go back to chewing himself. We kept changing foods until we ended up with a home made diet of brown rice and salmon. He ate this until he passed away at age 17 with a full coat of hair.

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March 27, 20110 found this helpful
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Simple, apple cider vinegar with plain yogurt mixed with raw turkey and brown rice diet. Make sure it is all organic. It works, my dog is doing great and I saved so much money on dog food and vet bills, no more!

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September 16, 2012

My dog is 2 1/2 yrs old and bites her paws so badly there is no hair there anymore. We brought her to a dermatologist and she has about 30 different allergens. We started allergy shots, after about a year we stopped because it wasn't working, we tried special diets, allergy pills, shampoos and conditioners. Nothing really helps. We even got her Benadryl spray, which works for about 10 minutes. Any other suggestions?



September 17, 20120 found this helpful
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1 tablespoon of plain yogurt, low fat is fine. The best brand is Stoneyfields or Stoneyfarms (has no additives) cannot recall the name of it. I make my own now.

Also get some local raw honey, put 1/2 tsp in with the yogurt. Once a day on the honey 2x daily on the yogurt.

This has helped my bully dog find great relief. It cannot hurt the dog and it may work for your baby too. The idea on the honey is that local bees are collecting the pollen and this little bit each day will help her to develop a resistance.

As for the yogurt it helps balance the gut flora and keeps the body balanced at the same time. Also is beneficial to the skin and coat.

Also is a lovely treat for them.

Does she scratch at her ears? She may have inner ear mites and the meds they give you for this really don't work. In England they have been using this on there pets there for over 100 years and it works to clear up ear mites. It is called Thornit.

The earmites can get onto the paws from scratching and then the chew the heck out of their paws. You fix the ears and rub a bit on the paws and it kills them. Safe for the dog too.

Good Luck!

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September 21, 20120 found this helpful
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I had a cairn terrier who was allergic to many things, especially his food. I tried making his food for him, but after about 6 months he would be back to biting and chewing himself. He had no hair if he could reach the spot with his teeth. He was miserable. I couldn't give up on him (he was the kids dog) so I kept trying different foods. (broccoli was the worst!)

I was about to head out to the exotic meats shop for some tiger meat or whatever (imagine what that would cost) when I tried canned salmon. I would cook six cups (6 cups cooked, not dry rice) or so of brown rice and stir in a large (15 oz I think) can of salmon (bones skin and all). In about a week he stopped chewing. His hair grew back and he never had another problem.

He was nearly 18 years old when he died. Dont give up, and remember that even when the allergen is removed the dog may have skin conditions that need treatment (bacteria and fungus). Also if he has airborne allergies an air cleaner can really help. Good luck to you.

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December 17, 2009

I have a boxer dog who has severe skin allergies. Can anyone please tell me a remedy to get rid of it?

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February 11, 2010

I have a 2 year old Maltese/Bishon who weighs 8lbs. She's been on Natural Balance since she was a puppy. She's had skin problems with allergies, but last weekend she started scratching and biting her hips and paws so bad they bled. Can anyone help me?

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