Fruuuuuuuustrating itchy dog skin problem

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    Alright everyone I have a tricky one for you. It's never occurred to me to post this problem until now.

    I adopted my dog from the shelter 2 years ago. She had been returned 3 times already because of medical expenses but I thought what the hell if you leave your dog at the shelter you were probably just lazy about it so it'll be no problem.

    My dog is a 25 pound Manchester Terrier mix named Batgirl. She has itchy skin to the point of bloodying up her paws and snout from scratching and biting.

    She has been to the Vet countless times to no avail. She's been treated for scabies several times (with lots of extra expensive tests involved to identify if she had scabies) without ever showing signs of it. The medicine did nothing. She's been tested for allergies with no sign, had allergy shots with no results, tried several hypoallergenic diets and shampoos, and all for no results.

    When I leave I have to put a cone on her so she won't hurt herself and that sucks for me and for her.

    Does anyone know of any miracle supplements or anything?

    If anyone gives me advice that works I might buy them something from Amazon as a reward.

    Note: Vets have been absolutely NO help.
     
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    i am NOT a vet...

    i have heard good things about dusting them with gold bond medicated powder....

    have you asked your vet if benadryl would be helpful?
     
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    She has been traumatized by the rejection she suffered earlier on. Much of the scratching is nervous acting out. I recommend lots of attention..exercise and a diet of some of their favorite meat and pasta dishes cooked in olive oil...and LOTS of it.

    My female Pit Bull is a rescue and when I got her she had little sores and scabs all over her back and places she would scratch that were sore and bleeding just like you described. This was 18 months ago. She is 3 years 8 months old right now. At this time she has a gleaming coat with no sores or over scratched areas anywhere on her body. It will take time and love until she is sure she will not be rejected and abandoned again.

    Diet is important. Treats as much as you can afford. I feed my 70 lb blue female and 125 lb male red nose Pit Bull lots of double cooked chicken including bones...Benefil original ... the large compressed bone treats .. rawhide chew bones ..and comfort food every day..todays dinner was hamburger stroganov. I also bake them muffins which they especially love. They also get pork chops and whole cooked chickens as I can find them on sale.

    It may sound like I overdo it but the results are startling. When I take my dogs out with me people take pictures of them every time. It happened today a few times.

    My method is to present more food than the dogs can eat. I always have at least four selections laid out for them to pick when they are hungry. They have learned that there will always be more than they can eat so they don't wolf down their food. Believe it or not they are not over weight either. They feel safe and secure. They are comfortable and have no doubt they belong. They repay me with unreserved loyalty and never touch ANYTHING of mine or act out by chewing or disturbing any of my belongings even when I have to go out for an hour or two. I leave my door wide open when I leave but keep the chain link fenced area surrounding the property locked. These dogs are NEVER put on a chain. I rarely have them on a leash. They both heal perfectly with or without a leash and obey the few commands I have taught them immediately.

    Rescue dogs can be turned into champions but it takes a lot of commitment.
     
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    Rub room temperature bacon grease on the affected area...

    ... the bacon grease shuts off air to the mites...

    ... also use the funnel collar...

    ... this also works for mange...

    ... give it about 3 weeks to kill off any nits...

    ... that may be laid under the skin.
    :cool:
     
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    Benadryl had no effect. She's had prescription allergy medication before and even had allergy shots. I'm on to supplements now as a last ditch effort but I don't know much about them.

    I'm saving up to get her to a different specialist soon. The allergy specialist didn't help at all.

    I don't really expect anyone to have an answer for me here but I figured it's worth a shot.

    Has anyone used Dinovite, NuVet, or Nupro?
     
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    It does not sound like mites to me....more fungal and stress in my opinion.

    but you would think that the vet would have tested for all of this!!!! I agree... a collar is necessary.
     
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    hhmmm....... i tell ya, try it again along with the gold bond medicated powder. It cant hurt at this point, and its not to expensive.

    Have they tested for ringworm?
     
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    I concur with Syrenn and Huggy about stress.

    I can't believe I'm actually going to suggest this and when I first saw it advertised many years ago I lmao...therapy?
     
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    I'll try out all of your guys' comments. Thanks for all the input!

    She has been tested for ringworm and has her vaccinations up to date.

    A lot of these are new ideas I've never tried before and I'll post about how they fare.
     
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    Tons of love and patience..a great and abundant high oil (olive oil) diet will cure the dog of stress and appearance.

    The dog naturely wants to please you and belong to your "pack".
     
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