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

June 23, 2008 | By Anonymous | 6 answers | Expired: 2112 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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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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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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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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Joanna
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Jun 23, 2008

It sounds like you're doing a lot of things right - I can understand your desperation!

Nutro is a decent food, so I would keep her on that for now. I would actually quit bathing her so often, and quit bathing her with Head & Shoulders. Unless she gets in a tangle with a skunk, or gets REALLY dirty, I would actually bath a dog no more than 4 times a year, probably once every season. Dogs need their natural skin oils and you don't want to wash them away all of the time. There are tons of natural bath products on the market formulated specifically for canines, ranging from reasonable to Holy Cow! in price, so do some research there. Or you could bath your dog in buttermilk or something else comparable for simplicity. Also visit the following websites:

www.rainforestorganics.ca/natural-dog-shampoo.htm

www.healthybeast.com/products.htm

www.care2.com/greenliving/aloe-vera-pet-shampoo.html



At this point, I would take your pet to the vet for an analysis. The vet should do a skin scraping to make sure it's not some kind of flea dermatitis, mange, or ringworm. If it's determined that it's definitely not an outside irritant, try switching your dog's food to something organic, or try a homemade, raw diet and see if that clears up her system. I've reviewed quite a few brands here in Pet Products, with my favorite processed foods being Eagle Pack (actually produced 20 minutes away from my house) and Blue Buffalo.

Best of luck to you and your dog!

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Percysmom
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Jun 23, 2008

If she hasn't been to the vet already, that would be the first thing on my list. If your vet determines that the problem is allergies, your dog may need some other medication to help get her on the right track. I've heard that many dogs have allergies to lamb but I'm not sure if that is true. You might want to try switching her food. Also, oatmeal bath is very good for itching. My vet also gave me a conditioning rinse that helps with the itch.

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Jill R.
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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.

Goodluck

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