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    Hi I am hoping someone can help
    I have an 8 month old Bull terrierxBull Arab Kronos he is white and deaf my 18yr old son rescued him
    we have tried every dogwash, cream, 100% aloe vera products, different food, without success
    his skin has always been bad but I would just wash him with cool water and we put a fan outside the compound
    I took him to the Vet again ( 5th visit 3rd Vet ) and he has been on the zd science diet for 18 days plus prednisalone 30mg
    his skin improved for a week and he has put on weight and grown taller
    His skin is terrible again even around his paws and he is always hungry
    my 23yr old rescued a Shah Pei Pit Bull female Ora she is around the same age and she is in season
    Kronos has gone nuts we have separated them but he is relentless
    he whines and barks non stop and if he does get near her she bites him and makes him bleed
    I have tried distraction with toys, food and exercise but nothing helps
    I now love this dog so I dont want to consider euthanising him Thanks in advance
    Last edited by Nettie; 03-08-2012 at 03:44 PM.
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    Have a look at a herbal website Heal with Ease. Contact them and they should be able to help you.

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    Try putting him onto holistic foods which are grain free or a RAW diet if the issue is diet based.

    I would also consider getting both dogs desexed as well which will stop the issues when your girl goes into season.

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    no dog is going to eat or act normally while a bitch is in heat get her speyed ASAP. He should not be anywhere near her anyway she WILL bite him and trust me, nothing distracts them. If you can find a boarding kennel or VERY responsible friend to take one of the dogs until she's finished then do it otherwise he'll just look like a rake by the end of it.

    As for his skin issues you need to make an appointment with a dermatologist to find out what exactly he is allergic to. From the sounds of it he has food as well as environmental allergies.

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    Oh Thankyou all I appreciate the replies I looked up Cathy"s website and sent an email
    I intended to desex both pups do I wait until after she has finished the season and do I
    wait until the boys skin is fixed? My son is taking him to a friends house as we speak
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    Welcome to the allergy world..........I had my dog tested at Werribee....multi skin pricks and they found she was allergic to a multitude of things. Wheat, preservatives, food colouring and chicken. Plus some grasses......

    We went RAW......And if we ever have to fed bought food, we use preservative, wheat and chicken free (Black Hawk)

    Annabelle does well now, and we only have occasional flare-ups, die to people giving her things, when I have not seen them. Cookies whilst she does therapy work. But most people know now and even others watch out for her.

    It is a tough road, we did not want to use cortisones and such, so we went the "find out the cause" way. it cost $800.00, but is well worth all the anxiety and the vet visits we used to have.

    I have since read about some studies that have shown that a lot of dogs highly stressed (like Rescues) get multiple allergies, it even happens in people. Those are very interesting studies indeed. We try to say as natural as possible with her and we are even very careful with her shampoos.

    Good luck with your guys
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    I would get the dermatologist appointment first then ask them about desexing time. An already stressed system can sometimes be more stressed after a surgery, you might want to put a plan in place for him.

    I never used cortisone with my Rottweiler he was a total shocker for allergies. He used to break out in hives and angry red skin if he ate the wrong dog food (only RC Maxi allowed in the house) or had anything with wheat/preservatives/artificial colours. Wheat also meant I spent a couple of weeks trying to get his ears back to a clean state as they flared up too. If he did break out I used the human antihistamine Phenergen, stopped the itch and redness as well as helped him sleep it off.

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    We had a dog who had terrible allergies and spent th elast 4 years of her life on prednisone.

    However, if he is only 8 months old, I would be looking at other options. Long term use of prednisone can cause enlarged organs and if you suddenly stopped after long term use it can be quite detrimental (I think it's prednisone...may have my wires crossed though).

    We went onto a special allergy diet, and also a somewhat raw diet with no wheat on top of the roids and her fur did grow back.

    I used to use aloveen oatmeal shampoo and also pinetarsal (or something liek that). Every 2 or three days she would have a cool shower. I would soap her up with the aloveen and leave her tied in the shower (with the shower off) for 15 minutes to soothe her skin. After that I would rinse and repeat with the pinetarsal leaving thqat on for 5 minutes before rinsing (you can even mix the two together). This helped to soothe her quite a bit.

    As nekhbet says, ears can flare up and bad ears can actually be a sign of allergies (our girl had a hematoma in her ear when she was about 3 but her allergies never really "developed" or become obvious until she was 8, but at the time of the ear issue the vet did say it could be that she has allergies as her ears were always playing up.

    Anyway, my point was, prednisone is really good but as he is such a young dog, it is not something I would personally want him on for his entire life except as a last resort.

    Unfortunately our girl had to have it (she ended up on quarter of a tab a day I think) as without it, it didnt matter what else we did she would go bald and black. But if you can, try to keep him off it as it really isnt got for the organs.

    Here are some links about the drug:

    This one does mention not to abrutly stop BH Articles
    Prednisone Side Effects in Dogs

    Good luck helping him out, there are heaps of options to look into to help him be comfy, but echoing other posters, it may be a good idea to find out exactly what he is allergic to. This can take quite a bit of time, but he is only young so you have plenty of time to experiment with different foods if thats what you need to do but if you can afford to get him tested, that would probably be the quickest and easiest way!
    Last edited by Lala; 03-09-2012 at 11:12 PM.

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