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Old 07-13-2011, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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If the problem is psoriasis, eczema, or infected skin, it will require giving him a bath with medicinal shampoo, but that will only provide temporary symptomatic relief. The good news is that there are professional groomers who will bathe your dog for you, if you prefer not to go through the hassle.
LOL, I'd like to see anyone try to give Caesar a bath. It won't happen, trust me. They'd have to give him a shot to calm him down in order to do that.
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Old 08-02-2011, 02:48 PM
 
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InLondon, i think it is very likely that it is allergies. I receive a newsletter from askariel.com and she has been talking a lot about allergies especially during the summer. the lady practices holistic pet care so she believes in making the pet better from the inside out and she also works with and gets everything approved by a vet. here is a link to the allergy page, i think it's worth checking out! Allergies in Dogs and Cats (http://askariel.com/pages.asp?pid=allergies - broken link)
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Old 08-04-2011, 04:26 AM
 
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Default Allergies...

With dogs and humans allergies can start at any time. You can use a product for years and not have one problem and then all of a sudden develop an allergy. Check the food label, if it contains grain, especially if it is listed in the top two or three ingredients, that could be your answer.

Consult with your vet.

You can upgrade his food to a premium food and see if it helps. There are different types for sensitive skin. Again, consult with your vet.

Best wishes for you and your GS!
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:51 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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can't bath your dog in the traditional sense.... think outside the box. take him for a swim. Do a flea dip. There are always ways to wash a dog. And a GOOD dog groomer can get it done. I know my groomer could. But then again my dog groomers has even bathed and groomed big cats (lion and I think a cougar).
If you are really concerned and have the money you can take your beloved pet to VEts and ask a vet his/her opinion. And if needed get an allergy test.
People in the forum cannot replace expert on hands information. We can only assume according to our own experience. any advice, although helpfully given, can create more harm if you chose wrong advise to try a follow. In my experience advise freely given can cost more later on, cause all advise is good advise. It is only bad if it turns out wrong.
I would strongly advise to take what everyone has said here to heart then walk into your vets office with pup and ask a vet to see what it is so you will know the proper course of action not putting your dogs safety or health at risk. Could be fleas, could be food or could be something more serious. Knew a dog owner once who thought his dog biting/fussing with its hind leg was fleas. Turned out to be a hairline fracture that ended up being left untreated. Poor dog had to live with arthritis in that leg when it go old.

your choice. Good luck.
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:02 AM
 
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I have a Westie that is prone to skin allergies - as are many of his breed.

He, at time, will get red welts which is a skin infection from all the scratching.

It is not food related because it usually happens in the summer and fall. We have special skin soothing shampoo for him - and bathe him at least once ever two weeks.

We have just started him on a low-dose of prednisone to get him through the rest of summer - because his itching was out of control. So far, so good.

We are also starting to add a fish-oil supplement (made for dogs) to his food.

All this after taking him to the Vet and having some bloodwork done first, etc.
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