Q: My Pit Bull is losing her fur and itching....

June 23, 2008 | By Anonymous | 6 answers | Expired: 2549 days ago


My pit bull is losing her fur, its not too bad now but I want to clear it up now. She isn't itching that much but she doesn't want to be brushed... she acts like it hurts. She is on Nutro Naturals Lamb and Rice food, I bathe her in Head and shoulders, and she gets omega-3 pills daily. What else can I do???

Readers' Answers (6)
Jessica H.

Jun 23, 2008

Allergies may be dead on; however please before doing anything else, bring her to the vet to make sure she is clear of mites, fleas or food allergies!

How often are you bathing her? If you are bathing more than once a month; bathing too often can dry out the skin and make it worse. Also I don't suggest using "Head n' Shoulders": Try buying an anti-itch shampoo from your local pet store. An Oatmeal shampoo usually works great!

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Corey A.

Jun 24, 2008

Your dog might have mange. It is contagious so you should see your vet. It also might be allergies caused by the environment or even stress.

I wouldn't use human shampoo of any kind on a dog. It doesn't have the right PH and that could also irritate your dog's skin. I would use a hypoallergenic dog shampoo. You could use a medicated shampoo for dogs, but I'd check with the vet first. We use Chlorhexiderm shampoo and it worked well. It does cause some redness to the skin after the bath and you have to shampoo twice. You can find it on Entirelypets.come for a decent price. I have since switched to a natural shampoo called "Emerald Black" which is made by Double K. It works wonders and has no chemicals in it. This brand is available from petedge.com. They have other types for different coat colors/textures or skin issues.

I still think the best thing is to take the dog to the vet to rule out any serious problems.

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Jill R.

Jun 23, 2008

itching and scratching sounds suggestive of an allergy, but its hard to tell what an animal is allergic to, unless some testing is performed.

The best thing to do, before it gets any worse,would be to take it to your veterinarian for a check up. Your vet can help figure out exactly what she is allergic to and give her medication to stop the scratching.


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