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

June 23, 2008 | By Anonymous | 6 answers | Expired: 2613 days ago

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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???

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Jessica H.
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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.
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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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Anonymous
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Jun 26, 2008

We had same issues with our dog. First take to vet and rule out mange. They can take skin scrappings and determine what is going on if possible. Also really look at food allergies. We went to Natural Balance No allergy food. Our dog has the most beautiful coat now. She was all but bald on her backsides and hindquarters. Another very important thing is they type of shampoo. We were advised by UGA VET SCHOOL to NOT use any dog Shampoo with SOAP! THey make many types and sell at Petco,Petsmart and on line. THey have NO soap products in them.Also have Aloe vera to relieve itching issues. It sounds almost like you could be using a wrong shampoo, way to strong and way to often. I am not a vet so I strongly suggest the vet see her first off. There are many products our there for itching and skin issues please verify with vet. Also is your dog on anything like revolution or advantage for fleas? Hotspots also cause hairloss and severe itching. A vet can check into this easily. I for sure would stop using human shampoo especially head and shoulders. Try regardless or what it ends up being the nonsoap shampoo. Its all the difference in the world. Also they sell spray on conditioner. I also would SLOWLY switch over to Natural Balance Allergy food. Do it over a week's time. Mix with old food slowly adding more of the Natural Balance until the entire dish is the Natural Balance. Watch for the bowels as some dogs become loose while the food is being changed over. I wish your baby well and Good luck. I hope you follow up with info. Would like to read what you found out. Best wishes.

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