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Thread: Please help - my 7 yr old Shar pei boy is chewing his skin off

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    Default Please help - my 7 yr old Shar pei boy is chewing his skin off

    Hi all
    I'm at my wits end after spending the last 6 months of my boys life with him living with a 'bucket' on his head to stop him chewing the skin off his tail (in particular)
    After 2 or more months of feeding him ZD ultra hypo-allergenic dry food, pupkin and fish to no avail and then finally having him take 100mg of Cyclosproine capsules every day for another 2 1/2 months straight - initially with success, but not anymore, my sweet boy managed to have almost 4 weeks without his bucket - 3 1/2 of those spent in the non humidified climes of a sunny Alice Springs summer holiday, I'm now back in Darwin and his hind legs and rear end have now broken out in a rash/lesions so bad that simply washing him in the hydrobath makes him cry from the force of the water washing the skin and scabs off his legs. I've been washing his legs in malasab every second day and then lavishing pyohex conditioner on them (with my hands being covered in his blood from the broken sores in the process) and last night on my most recent visit to the vet I've reached my wits end with them throwing their hands up in the air and telling me that they dont know whats causing it or what we really should be doing to treat it!
    The vets have done lots of things to him in the last 6 months, so I'm assuming they've done one of these 'skin scrapes' that I see listed on the web. I know they've done 'sticky tape' tests and checked it under their microscope, but I'm really not sure what else has been done.
    I'm able to go to another vet and have a very expensive allergy test done (apparently about $500 for the test) after which they inject him every second day with a specially made up vaccine specific to his allergies - so, yet again, a very expensive process.
    Not that Im complaining about the expense, its just that I've spent over $8000 on my two Pei's in the past 2 years and I just dont want to be spending more if its not likely to help him.
    Please help me coz I'm fast coming to the only conclusions being to give him away to someone 'down south' or to have him put to sleep - neither of which are palatable to me coz I love him so much, but this torture of him every day I cant stop him chewing at his legs and tail like this is killing me!!

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    Sorry but an allergy test sounds the way to go ,also sounds as though things improved when you were away on hols.

    This could point to a definate allergic reaction to something in your yard/home.

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    The poor bub sounds in major pain,is he on pain medication at all ?

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    I feel for you, what an awful situation.
    I googled holistic vet
    Australian Holistic Vets - complete_directory
    My dog was on Traumeel and some sort of homeopathic allergy pills after he was attacked by
    god knows what digging in a foxhole. He lost a bit of skin & fur off his face.

    It healed up nicely and he was very calm and relaxed while on the treatment.
    I hope you can find someone to help you.

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    Havn't seen a lot of dogs do well on z/d at all.

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    give Dr Bruce Syme a call or email and see if he has any ideas about what to do with your dogs skin diet wise. He's in Victoria but can converse with your veterinarian. It sounds still dietary to me I reckon it's the Hills. I'd be putting a dog like that on something like a fish and sweet potato diet.

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    You can also try contacting Amanda at Shar Pei rescue. From memory she has a very specific diet structured to deal with the extreme skin issues many Peis have.

    enquiries@sharpeirescue.org

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    In Summer I have Annabelle on benadryl and claratyne, for all her multiple allergies..but we have recently changed her diet a little with some extras from Augustine Approved and it has helped. it is mixed with her RAW diet. Augustine Approved is a member on this Forum and very knowledgeable about diets for allergy dogs....They have a Boxer who suffered from allergies.

    I had Annabelle tested....it does cost quite a bit, but takes the guess work out of it all. She is allergic to chicken, wheat, preservatives, food colouring and some grasses. hence the Summer problems, because i can control the diet. But she had hot spot type areas and i started the coconut oil and additives from Augyustine and she has no skin lesions anymore, Even though we still go to training ( where the bad Summer grass is)
    Pets are forever

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    thanks a lot for your suggestions guys, I'll chase up the people and sites you've recommended I look at and see if I can get any joy from that coz some of his sores had doubled in size in the time I was even at work yesterday - and he spent all day on the back verandah with a fan in his face, so I'm guessing the grasses in my back yard might not be contributing to his ongoing decline.
    I really value your help - thanks again

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    not pain medication as far as I know. Apparently one drug is an anti fungal, one is a cortizone, and the other is an antibiotic (and then of course the malasab wash)

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    Claratyne and benadryl are antihistamines and over the counter safe meds to use for dogs....Google them and you will find lots of info. My vet put Annabelle on it. Much better for the dog then cortisone's long-term
    Pets are forever

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