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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-19-2008, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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looking for advice for my poor itchy schnauzer

I have a 5 yr old minature schnauzer that has been on steriods, alergy shots, creams, shampoos, diet changes and everything else my vet has suggested for his allergy to dust mites - nothing has helped. Thanks to the steriods (which I took him off a month ago) he is overweight and now it seems his hair is falling out. He is just plain misserable and I am out of ideas. Has anyone here faced this problem and if so is there any help out there? Thanks for your help and it's nice to meet you all. Jane
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-19-2008, 12:21 PM
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Hey there. First off - awesome name. My name is Jane, too.

Um, let's see. You've gotten all that from a vet, eh? Dang. Have you tried a professional cleaning service to just completely vaccume up anything and everything from the soft surfaces in the house? Are they sure it's dust mites? Do you have carpet everywhere? I'm assuming you are keeping his hair short (which would help).

Let's see. If it is for sure dust mites, then the only thing you can really do is eliminate the dust mites. So a thorough cleaning would definitely help.

Maybe you should see another vet to get a second opinion. Make sure it isn't something else. Have they run an allergy test or anything? Maybe you can see an allergist for animals. If there isn't one in your area, maybe you could call one and at least get some direction from them over the phone.

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i agree with a second opinion. there's lots of dog skin conditions out there

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-19-2008, 08:27 PM
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Yes, I would get a second opinion. Have they ruled out mites? It could be a flea allergy. I use to work for this lady who had a pit mix who anytime she'd get bitten my so much as one flea, she would break out in these little bumps and all her hair would fall out. Do you have her on frontline or some other preventative?

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-27-2008, 08:18 AM
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My pup is extremely itchy too--I am pretty sure that mine's just a nervous habit by now. It may be similar to yours. When you see it, just correct it calmly, and could be that over time the scratching will lessen and perhaps even stop!

Hope this helps, and good luck!

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