Shitzu Skin allergies

Discussion in 'Health & Nutrition' started by gvilla, Nov 21, 2019.

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    gvilla New Member

    Nov 21, 2019
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    My shitzu has had lots of issues with his skin being irritated and red. He has been to the vet's office several times and they give us the same medicine each time. It will start to get better but then it always comes back.
    Anybody else deal with this same issue?
    gvilla, Nov 21, 2019
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    mkhtk79 Member

    Jan 18, 2019
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    One of our dogs had skin problems that wouldnt go away. We started adding yoghurt to his diet because of the probiotics and it went away.
    mkhtk79, Mar 29, 2020
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    ADILHUSSAIN084 Active Member

    Oct 16, 2023
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    Shih Tzus are prone to skin allergies and sensitivities, and these can manifest in various ways, including itching, redness, inflammation, and skin infections. If you suspect your Shih Tzu has skin allergies, here are some steps to address the issue:

    1. Consult a Veterinarian: If your Shih Tzu is experiencing skin problems, it's crucial to consult a veterinarian. They can diagnose the specific allergy or skin condition and recommend the appropriate treatment.

    2. Identify the Allergen: Work with your vet to identify the allergen causing the skin issue. It could be related to food, environmental factors (such as pollen or dust mites), or contact allergies (like certain grooming products).

    3. Allergy Testing: In some cases, allergy testing may be recommended to pinpoint the exact allergen. This can be done through blood tests or intradermal skin tests.

    4. Dietary Changes: If the allergy is food-related, your vet may suggest switching to a hypoallergenic or novel protein diet. It's essential to follow your vet's dietary recommendations.

    5. Regular Bathing and Grooming: Keeping your Shih Tzu clean is essential. Regular baths using a gentle, hypoallergenic dog shampoo can help reduce allergen exposure. Be cautious not to over-bathe, as excessive bathing can strip the skin of natural oils.

    6. Environmental Control: If environmental allergens are the issue, consider ways to minimize exposure. This may include using air purifiers, regular cleaning, and keeping your home free from potential allergens.

    7. Medication: Your vet may prescribe antihistamines, corticosteroids, or other medications to alleviate skin itching and inflammation.

    8. Flea Control: Flea allergies are common in dogs. Ensure your Shih Tzu is on a regular flea control program.

    9. Topical Treatments: Some dogs benefit from medicated shampoos, sprays, or ointments for localized skin issues.

    10. Prevent Scratching: To prevent further irritation, try to discourage your Shih Tzu from scratching or licking the affected areas. Using an Elizabethan collar (cone) may be necessary.

    11. Regular Vet Check-Ups: Schedule regular check-ups with your vet to monitor your Shih Tzu's skin condition and adjust the treatment plan as needed.
    Remember that the specific treatment will depend on the type of allergy or skin issue your Shih Tzu is facing. It's crucial to work closely with your veterinarian to ensure your dog receives the most appropriate care and relief from skin allergies.
    ADILHUSSAIN084, Oct 31, 2023
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