My dog is in pain. Extreme itching/hair loss, tried everything

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    ChelleT New Member

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    I have a 6 yr old lab mix who has had health problems his whole life with itching skin, skin and ear infections, "elephant" skin. It is really bad now and he is miserable. Hurts me to watch him. Have tried different foods, different meds including steroids, immuno allergy shots and drops (currently using drops), apoquel daily, monthly cytopoint injections, amikacin/betamethasone/silver sulfadiazine spray from a compounding pharmacy, over the counter benadryl, medicated shampoo. We have done skin tests, blood tests, allergy tests, etc. Vet told us it is not food allergies. I have spent thousands and he is just getting worse. I don't know what to do. He goes to the vet 1-2 times a month, have tried 3 different vets. Now his feet are swollen and red. He will howl sometimes and it makes me want to cry.
     
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    I'm sorry to hear that your dog is experiencing such discomfort. Extreme itching and hair loss can be caused by various underlying issues, and it's crucial to identify the root cause to provide effective relief. Here are some steps to consider:

    1. Veterinary Visit: Schedule a visit with your veterinarian as soon as possible. Your vet can perform a thorough examination and may recommend diagnostic tests to determine the cause of the itching and hair loss.

    2. Parasite Control: Ensure your dog is on a comprehensive parasite prevention program. Fleas, ticks, and mites can cause severe itching and hair loss.

    3. Allergy Testing: Allergies (environmental, food, or contact) are a common cause of itching and hair loss. Your vet can conduct allergy testing to identify specific allergens and suggest appropriate treatments, such as hypoallergenic diets or medications.

    4. Skin Infections: Bacterial or fungal infections can lead to severe itching and hair loss. Your vet may prescribe antibiotics or antifungal medications if an infection is present.

    5. Hormonal Imbalances: Conditions like hypothyroidism or Cushing's disease can cause skin issues. Blood tests can help diagnose these conditions, and your vet can recommend the appropriate treatment.

    6. Topical Treatments: Medicated shampoos, sprays, or creams may provide relief for skin irritation. Your vet can recommend specific products suited to your dog's condition.

    7. Dietary Changes: Sometimes, switching to a high-quality, limited-ingredient diet can help manage food allergies or sensitivities that might be causing skin problems.

    8. Supplements: Omega-3 fatty acids and other supplements can improve skin health and reduce inflammation. Consult your vet for appropriate options.

    9. Environmental Factors: Ensure your dog's environment is clean and free from potential irritants. Regular grooming and bathing with gentle, hypoallergenic products can also help.
    Immediate veterinary care is essential to diagnose and treat your dog's condition effectively. Your vet will provide tailored recommendations based on the specific cause of your dog's symptoms.
     
    barkbuddybox, May 16, 2024
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