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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-25-2003, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Itchy spots

In the last couple days Claudia has gotten these dark spots where she chews or scratches herself. Mostly its on her legs (the easiest area for her to reach to chew) but theres a couple on her head where she's scratched too. The aren't raised like bites, or hot. Any ideas what's going on? Scrappy isn't affected by whatever it is


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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-26-2003, 01:31 AM
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Wow, that sounds curious indeed. Is she losing her fur on these spots? Is the skin flaky or rough there? Are the patches round? Poor Claudia
I'm sorry I don't have any ideas, but I hope you can figure it out.
Can you post a picture? Someone might recognize it and hopefully come up with an easy solution.
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They're not really round, the skin just seems irritated under the fur. In the worst spot it's actually a sore (on her eyebrow). I don't have a camera now or I would post pics. Ugh, I can't even really explain it, it seems to be places where she's just chewed or scratched sore spots on herself

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-26-2003, 08:27 AM
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Could possibly be demodectic mange (which is not contagious). It usually starts on the face, front legs, and chest area. A skin scraping would tell if you need dips or not. If it is just localized you may only need a topical creme (by prescription).

Another possibility is flea dermatitis, sarcoptic mange (which is contagious) and caused by a mite, allergies, thyroid problem (but pooch usually gains noticeable weight with this condition). Many, many possibilities but if it is not going away and irritating to the dog definately have it looked at by your vet. Some skin conditions if left to long can cause further internal complications!

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In the meantime of you finding out what this is, I looked up natural remedies that might help stop the irritation so they wont end up hot spots if she continues to chew and scratch. Brew some green tea and let it cool down (obviously) put it in a little spray bottle and spray the affected areas. Then get some plain old aloe vera and apply it to the spots. Cheap and easy way to get temporary relief.
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Thanks guys! Both of those sound like a possibility (although we don't have fleas that I know of)


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Hi Becki,

Just to clearify a bit, allergies can be from lots of things. As far as a flea dermatitis if your pooch is allergic to fleas, it only takes one flea to bring on a reaction. Keep us posted and hope all gets better soon. One of my Boxers hair thins during the spring (not from shedding her coat) and after the pollen settles the hair starts grow back.

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Also, you can give Benadryl to relieve the itching - the dose is 1 mg per 1 lb of dog. Hope she feels better soon!

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Bach had some allergies and we would give him benedryl. It worked really good - although it made him a little sleepy.

Is Claudia doing any better?

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Not better, but no worse so far :-/


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I hope he will be okay! You need some not so much pet drama time! You are do for it!


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