Skin Conditions In Dogs Itching Till Bleeding

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do you know if a dog has mange?
    My cousins dog bites himself on the back and around the base of his tail and anywhere else he can get to. He does this till he bleeds or till we catch him and tell him to stop. He is always taring out his own fur when he bites and itches himself very frequently. My aunt thinks and tells everybody that he has a rash/irritated skin, but im just not so sure about that. The dog still has most of his fur but he is going bald on the base of his tail and spots of baldness on his rear. I told my other cousin and he said mange is usually all over the body. So cold this be mange? Maybe the beginnings of it? im worried about this dog because nobody here seems to give a crap about him since my aunt and cousin got a chihuahua about 3 1/2 years ago. Oh and my aunt also said that she tried to use a shampoo for irritated skin and nothing got better. His skin looks dry, flaky, and when you touch his bald spots they feel kind of oily. Thanks to anyone who can give me some advice on this.

    • ANSWER:
      To be sure that problem is mange, the dog needs to be diagnosed by a competent veterinarian. Aside from a visual evaluation of symptoms, the vet will most likely take a deep skin scraping and look at the sample under a microscope. The mange treatments usually recommended by most vets involve medications that contain pesticides and other toxic chemicals that lead to undesirable health issues that you need to investigate.

      Mange is a skin condition caused by tiny mites that you can't see with the naked eye. There are three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). Vets can do a deep skin scraping to detect the presence and type of mite.

      The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin. If the mange condition causes itchiness, scratching opens the door for secondary skin infections (bacterial or fungal) that will cause an unpleasant odor. Unfortunately, mange does not go away on its own and the lesions continue to spread so it should be treated as soon as possible. Regardless of the type of mange, in order to cure it you need to treat with a medication that kills the mites.

      The mange medications most often prescribed by vets contain pesticides and other toxic chemicals that are detrimental to your dog's health with resulting health issues that you will have to face sooner or later. These These medications include Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). See the links that follow for toxicology information. It is always advisable to check the veterinary drug database for side effects of any medication prescribed by your vet http://www.drugs.com/vet/

      Thankfully, there are a number of effective alternative treatments out there that are safe and natural at a reasonable cost that will kill the mites. You can easily do some research in the Internet to find out about these and compare your options.

      I prefer the 'spray type' because it is inexpensive, very effective, convenient to use (no mixing and no mess), and it is natural and harmless to pets and humans.

      Hope this helps.

      Toxicity:

      http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/toxicity/c_dg_ivermectin_toxicity

      http://www.drugs.com/sfx/ivermectin-side-effects.html

      http://www.drugs.com/vet/mitaban.html

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1481314/?page=1

      http://www.petmanage.com/dog-health/what-is-amitraz-toxicity.html

      Mange spray:

      http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

  2. QUESTION:
    why does my dog gnaw at herself till she bleeds?
    little black pug that is well taken care of loves to bite herself till she bleeds

    • ANSWER:
      Pugs really have a problem with dermatitis. It's a skin condition that they inherit and it really itches. The best thing you can do is to take her to your vet and get her cortisone shots or creams. The creams that you can buy OTC just aren't strong enough to stop the chain reaction. The more they scratch the more they itch. Hope your pug is feeling better soon.

  3. QUESTION:
    my boston terrier scratches till she bleeds, HELP!?
    i have a 1 1/2 year old boston terrier, she doesnt have mites, but she does have a "skin condition". shes had a e-cone on for the better of 10 months. she scratchs her neck till she bleeds. she doesnt have any fur left on her neck. ive gone to 3 diffrent vets, spent close to a ,000, and still she itches. does any one have any ideas? she has NO mites. ive gone through tons of diffrent vet pills, now im just giving her benadryl because i cant afford the 0 vet bill, to be told its a infection that they cant seem to clear up. PLEASE HELP ME! i feel so bad for my baby. (and she looks pethatic in the cone)

    • ANSWER:
      I was going to say mange, or mites..

      You might want to contact a boston terrier rescue.. or breeder. These people know ore about that breed of dog then any vet.. ask them what they may think it is, and if they would recommend a treatment that you can do yourself.. etc.

      Good luck!

  4. QUESTION:
    Dogs skin between shoulder blades raw and bleeding? Help!!?
    I've discovered a patch of raw skin in between my dog's shoulder blades, almost on his neck. It seems to be very irritated.He also must have been scratching it throughout the day as it's bleeding slightly now. It also seems quite.. oily? Like its oozing a clear kind of liquid?
    I don't know what to do to make him feel better. I've used gauze pads with cold water and patted him with it. I'm not sure what else to put on because i'm afraid i'll irritate it more. I feel horrible, i don't like knowing hes uncomfortable. No vets open on sunday where i live so it looks like we will have to leave him till monday before we can visit one. He has had hot spots before and the vet has given him medication but it was never this bad and it was usually by his tail. Is there anything at home that i can rub on his skin to stop the irritation? I've covered the area so he can't scratch and cut the hairs around it but i don't want to leave him untreated until monday so what's the best thing to relieve the irritation?
    PLEASE HELP!
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The most common reasons for skin issues (i.e. itching, skin irritation, hair loss, etc.) include:

      - Allergic reactions to flea bites, food/treats, grooming or house-cleaning products, etc.
      - Mites
      - Fungal/Bacterial infections (ringworm, yeast, staph etc.)
      - Steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot')

      ALLERGIES

      For sensitive dogs just one flea can cause havoc. Even if not visible, you can always see the debris fleas leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If placed in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas with natural methods to avoid exposure to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will cause harm sooner or later. For recommendations see http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where your dog roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html
      and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check commercial food/treats ingredients. Dog's digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Discontinue any with corn, wheat, etc. Get ones with no grains and with meat as a primary ingredient chicken, lamb, salmon, etc. If possible, raw meat diet is best http://www.healthypetjournal.com/default.aspx?tabid=19116

      Discontinue use of grooming products or house cleaning products that can be allergens. For a while, use white vinegar as the cleaning agent for your floors, counters, etc. Vinegar has strong cleaning and antiseptic properties and the smell disappears quickly after use. See http://www.vinegarworkswonders.com/faqs.asp

      MITES

      Three types of mites attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      Avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals which will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend the use of natural products. Search the Internet to find them. I prefer the spray type treatment which is effective, easy to use, and inexpensive that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript allergy shot ) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including skin problems.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For many skin issues I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop within a few days. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. This method works well for smaller skin areas. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  5. QUESTION:
    My puppy is scratching himself till he bleeds?
    My family has recently adopted a new member to the family. The pup is Chihuahua mixed with rat terrier. he has had a vet appointment for his shots recently. But I've noticed scabs on him and he does scratch a lot. I notice he has fleas and am treating him for it now. But he's still scratching and one of the cuts is pretty bad. and now's he scratching his ears and cutting them up. He even cries when he itches because it hurts. Is there anyway I can stop the itching till the flea stuff to actually kick in. I was reading up on it and some people say it could be allergies. The dog food we use for both my dogs is beneful dog food. My dachshund doesn't have these problems at all.
    @Bery No need to be rude... It's 3am, trust me I am not wasting anytime. I am just trying to get an idea of what it could be. Kay thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I see a few possible causes for the itching. Itching can be caused by an allergic reaction (to flea bites, food or treats, grooming products or house-cleaning products, etc.), mites or steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot'). Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections.

      ALLERGIES

      Many dogs are allergic to flea bites and even one flea can cause havoc.

      You can get rid of the fleas on your dog with natural methods to avoid exposure to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will cause harm sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where he roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check the ingredients of the food/treats. Dog's digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. If they contain grains such as wheat or corn discontinue their use. Get food/treats that have no grains and contain meat as a primary ingredient chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      Discontinue any grooming product (or a house cleaning products) that can be allergens. For a while, use white vinegar as the cleaning agent for your floors, counters, etc. Vinegar has strong cleaning and anticeptic properties and the smell disappears within minutes after use. See http://www.vinegarworkswonders.com/faqs.

      MITES

      There are three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      If the reason for the itching is mites, avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals that will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend the use of natural products. I prefer the spray type treatment which is effective, easy to use, and inexpensive that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript allergy shot ) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal) such as the ones commonly caused by the use of steroids like Prednisone, cortisone or the so called allergy shot or any secondary infections caused by scatching. I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  6. QUESTION:
    Help? Dog scratching/biting herself till she bleeds?
    It's getting bad... She had an issue with ticks for a while, but we got the problem mostly cleared up (after a year).

    She's lived with us for about 3 years.

    All of she sudden she's had itches though. On her snout next to her left eye she scratched bloody raw, and bit her paw (I think it's the rear ones- they aren't such an issue anymore which is how I don't know, read on). After a while we bought a cone collar, but somehow she keeps getting to it, and cutting it even worse now.

    We tried an anti-itch shampoo, and soaked her with it for half an hour or so. We washed the cuts and kept it moist so the chemicals would get in. She seemed okay when she got out, but then started biting her groin area until it was dripping blood too, and we put the cone back on.

    I'm sure my father won't let us take her to the vet, because of the expense, and he's getting low on money.

    We have oatmeal bath stuff he told us to get, and have yet to try it, but no one is holding out hopes.

    We switched her food from pedigree to kibbles n' bits a few days ago, but it kept going.

    Help?

    • ANSWER:
      I see a few possible causes for the itching. Either she has an allergic reaction (to flea bites, the treats or the food you give her, or the grooming products you are using), a fungal or bacterial skin infection, or mites.

      ALLERGIES

      Many dogs are allergic to flea bites. Check for fleas. You may not be able to see the fleas directly because they like to hide but you can always see the debris they leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If you see these and put them in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas on your pet with natural methods so that she is not exposed to the harmful chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will harm her sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally

      Also, you can get rid of fleas in your yard where she roams by dusting it with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. See this link for more info on its use to control fleas http://www.fleacontrolbook.com/naturalfleacontrol/diatomaceous-earth-the-a-miracle-cure-for-flea-control/

      Check the ingredients of the food and treats you give her. Dogs digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Do not give her anything with wheat or corn. If the treats contain grains such as wheat or corn stop them immediately. If you have recently changed the food you give her, discontinue it and get food that has no grains and that lists real whole meat on the bag as a primary ingredient chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      If you just introduced a new grooming product, discontinue it immediately.

      SKIN INFECTION

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal) such as the ones commonly caused by the use of steroids like Prednisone, cortisone or the so called allergy shot or any secondary infections caused by flea bite allergy or mites, as well as cuts, scrapes, etc. I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Among many other uses, it has been effectively used as a remedy for bacterial and fungal infections. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

      MITES

      There are three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      If the reason for the itching is mites, avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals that will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend a natural, effective, easy to use, and inexpensive spray treatment that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

  7. QUESTION:
    My dog has a wheat allergy and scratches till she's raw?
    Can anyone please help or advise what I can do for my dog.
    I adopted a dog from a local company who brought her up from london as she was a 'death row' dog.
    Ive had her to the vets neumerous times and had all different types of medication for her but nothing seems to be working. She constantly scratches until she bleeds.

    She doesnt get treats, I only feed her proper tripe as advised by the vets. I also give her an antihistamine with her dinner. This works slightly as I never gave her any for a week and she got really bad. She also constantly licks her feet until they bleed but found out from the vet she had cysts inbetween her paws that she had bitten off but they seem to have gone now and she still licks constantly.

    For the past week ive had to put a cone on her head to stop the licking and wrap a bandage over her back paws to stop the scratching but I can tell she is so uncomfortable.

    Is there anything I could do or anyone who has a dog with the same problem that can help me out with what to do as my vet just doesnt seem interested. I'm at my wits end with this and really need some help
    Meat to also say I don't feed her kibble. Only tripe
    The tripe I get her is straight from the farmer fresh

    • ANSWER:
      The most important thing would be to find a better vet. If your vet isn't interested in helping you then pick up your dog's records and go somewhere else. They legally have to give you the records, all of them, to you so don't let them try to talk you out of it. If any friends/family/neighbors/coworkers etc.. have pets I would ask them where they go and if they'd recommend the vet for you. If your vet doesn't put your pet first and you don't trust/like them then its high time to find a new one. You and your dog need to be comfortable with the vet you ultimately choose.

      Have you tried any anti-itching shampoo? I would stay away from any oatmeal shampoo at this point.
      Here's a nice one off of Amazon (also good for viral/bacterial/fungal skin conditions): http://www.amazon.com/EQyss-Micro-Tek-Medicated-Shampoo-16-Ounce/dp/B00061MP8S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343271591&sr=8-1&keywords=anti+itch+dog+shampoo

      Follow the directions, you may have to bathe her biweekly for a while, but it should help alleviate the itching.

      My GSD gets yeast infections and I've had to buy antibacterial/microbial/fungal shampoo off of Amazon (under vet recommendation). This is what I use: http://www.amazon.com/Malaseb-Shampoo-16oz/dp/B00061MP5G/ref=sr_1_4?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1343271651&sr=1-4&keywords=anti+fungal+shampoo+for+dogs If yours is just scratching from allergies I would try the first shampoo instead of this medicated one.

      I agree with the other posters as well. Try switching to a totally grain free diet. I used to feed Fromm, it is a good food, but I'm switching to Taste of the Wild Pacific Grain free food. The Pacific formula also has no chicken in it which many dogs are allergic to. Another thing I may suggest, Omega three fish oil pills. I feed mine these three times a week once a day: I give her one 1000mg pill in the mornings on Mon/Wed/Fri. They don't have side effects and are great for the skin, coat, eyes, joints, and heart. They can take a few months for you to notice the difference and my puppy has been on them for a month and already her coat is so much shinier and her skin is back to being healthy (with the combined baths once a week). For a small dog (under 35lbs) you would want 350mg pills. For a medium dog (35-50lbs) 750mg. Large and over (50+lbs) between 1000-1200mg pills. They can't overdose on them so don't get worried but its better not to waste them. Feed yours one pill three times a week.

      Switching to a grain free diet, getting the baths, and the fish oil should really help you out. It's not as bad as it seems. Many dogs have allergies and once you figure them out its just a bump in the road.

      Good luck :]


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