Hello I have a 2 yr old full blooded pitbull. Her name is Diamond she’s an all white with black spots deaf pitbull. I’ve been noticing for the past month and a half that she’s been scratching her backside a lot. I’ve been giving her weekly baths with jojoba oil and tea tree oil in it.
However, she still keeps scratching to the point that she’s whining or crying. We feed her Oilgo brand dog food from walmart. I’m wondering if she isn’t allergic to her food.
Is tbere anything that I could do to help ease her pain wirhout taking her to the vet?pitloveMember
Is this the first time you have noticed these symptoms or has this happened before? If she’s had this before, how often does it happen?Diamonds mommyMember
This is the very first time ever. I’m becoming very concerned about my baby girl. She looks so.miserable thatbit breaks my heart.
No, you need to take her to the vet. She may need a shot of prednisone to temporarily stop the pruritus and suffering before she develops secondary skin infections.
Discuss with your vet what testing options he recommends. Ideally you should see a veterinary dermatologist.
However give your vet a chance to treat her condition first.
Please use the search engine, tons of information on this topic.
Ps: It sounds like environmental allergies. It probably has nothing to do with the food.pitloveMember
When you say scratching her backside, do you mean her butt or something else?
Mostly white pit bulls are not standard to the breed so they end up with a lot of health issues including skin allergies, like you are seeing now with her being deaf and the recent skin issues.
It would be a good idea to bring her to a vet, but until you can start bathing her in a gentle medicated shampoo like Malaseb. Not the tea tree stuff you have been using. It’s possible those types of shampoos could aggravate it more.
I’m also not familiar with the food you are using. Can you show a link to it?
Please do not apply anything to the skin or give over the counter meds intended for humans or give supplements unless instructed to do so by a veterinarian that has examined the dog.
You could make things much worse and increase the risk of infection.
Hope this helps:
By Klaus Loft, DVM
Angell Dermatology Service
Anyone who suffers debilitating environmental allergies tied to changing seasons, pet dander or household dust mites knows first-hand the misery of a scratchy throat, itchy eyes or painful rashes.
Not everyone knows, however, that our pets can experience similar allergic reactions — and other very bothersome dermatological issues. But our pets need not suffer in silence. Modern veterinary science has evolved such that advanced, comprehensive treatments are now available to treat a range of skin conditions.
Top pet dermatological issues
Our four-legged friends suffer from some of the same skin issues as we do — and several that we do not. The most common conditions we see at Angell include:
•Parasites, such as mites, fleas and mange (scabies)
•Infectious diseases, such as Staphylococcal pyoderma (“Staph”) skin infections, yeast and fungal infections and skin fold infections
•Systemic diseases, such as autoimmune diseases
•Skin cancer, such as Squamous cell carcinoma, cutaneous lymphoma, Mast cell tumors
•Allergies, such as flea allergy dermatitis, adverse food reactions, environmental allergies, etc.
All of these conditions can become serious and, if untreated, dramatically reduce quality of life. But the tremendous strides made in veterinary innovation, however, is very good news for our pets. Specifically, the testing and treatments for allergies now rivals human healthcare in its sophistication, quality of care and long-term health outcomes.
Unlike humans, dogs and cats cannot tell us about their dermatological health issues. So we as pet owners must look for the signs. The most common indicators that a pet is suffering from some kind of allergy involve frequent episodes of ear infections, red raised or open sores on the skin, constant licking or biting of paws or groin — sometimes causing wounds that will not go away.
Allergies present a particular challenge because there can be hundreds (even thousands) of potential allergens that impact pet health, from foods to pollen from grasses, weeds, trees, dust mites and more. Today’s specialty veterinary hospitals have access to the very latest diagnostic tests to get to the bottom of what’s ailing our pet. Among these tests is the Intra Dermal Test (IDT).
IDT is generally considered the gold standard of testing for identifying allergens that cause pets to suffer from chronic skin and/or ear diseases. IDT involves injections of a series of concentrated allergens into the skin to determine which of them generate allergic reactions in a given animal. The use of fluorescein — a chemical that illuminates the inflammation caused by the injected allergens in order to visualize the strength of individual reactions — is key to accurately diagnosing pet allergies, and is just one of the many ways veterinarians use new technologies to improve care and diagnostics.
The results of IDT (as well as a review of the pet’s medical history) can then inform comprehensive immunotherapy treatments to relieve suffering. Veterinary dermatologists rely on IDT to build customized treatment plans for patients called Allergen Specific Immuno Therapy or “ASIT” for short.
ASIT involves a series of injections specifically created for the allergic animal’s skin. These injections, of diluted allergens, are designed to make a pet less sensitive to their allergens over time. In most cases these injections must be continued for life to reduce symptoms, but they are highly effective. Seventy to 90 percent of pets experience a reduction in symptoms as a result of ASIT treatment. These treatments can be delivered even more easily via droplets under the tongue, perfect for pet owners who are squeamish about giving injections to their pet.
This treatment is very new to the North American field of medicine (both human and veterinary) and underscores just how far innovation in veterinary medicine has come.
When it’s time to see the vet
Many pet owners are understandably concerned about taking their animals to the veterinarian because the cost (to say nothing of the fear some animals experience when going do the doctor) may outweigh any perceived reduction in suffering. To help pet owners know when it’s time to bring Fido to the doctor I’ve compiled my “Top Ten” list of dermatological symptoms that should never be ignored:
•Intense itching of the skin (head shaking, running the face into the carpet, furniture, etc.)
•Biting at the skin that creates red, raw crusting areas of the skin
•Multiple ear infections (head shaking, odor from ears, scratching at the ears with hind legs)
•Paw licking or chewing and frequent infections of the skin in the webbed skin of the paws
•Staining of the fur of the paws and nails on multiple feet
•Reoccurring skin infections in the groin, under the shoulders, perianal areas (on or under the tail)
•Greasy scaling skin and/or fur with odorous skin
•Hair loss, or thinning of the fur
•Dark pigmentation of the skin that is chronically infected
•Sudden depigmentation of skin
Allergies and other dermatological issues can be as frustrating for pet owners and their veterinarians as they can be for pets. I encourage any pet owner whose animal is experiencing any of these symptoms to consult with their veterinarian.
Oh, and please don’t be fooled by mail-in saliva and hair sensitivity tests.
They are NOT allergy tests. Waste of money.
Find a vet you trust and work with him. This is not a do it yourself project.
“This is the very first time ever. I’m becoming very concerned about my baby girl. She looks so.miserable thatbit breaks my heart”.
Depending on the severity of the symptoms and how bad the rash is. I would go to the emergency vet if my regular vet couldn’t fit me in today.
The dog (from your description) sounds very uncomfortable, therefore needs to be examined by a healthcare professional, as soon as possible.Julie BMember
I would NEVER have believed the solution, but my dog was panting constantly, drinking excessively, red hot spots plus larger red areas with constant scratching, licking of feet, pacing, rounds and rounds of meds from the vet …….. finally Sammy was diagnosed as being HOT by a non-traditional vet! I didn’t believe it at first. We had tried all kinds of foods, believing it was a food allergy. Or a seasonal allergy and he got meds. Cortisone shots and antibiotics helped for a very short time, but this was a merry-go-round for us. On and on. HE IS HOT. So Chinese medicinal herbs have worked, yes, have worked. The first success in my Sammy’s life for this misery. I have cried with him over it. We adopted him as an SPCA pup, probably lab/golden mix retriever, 98 lbs now! He is taking Wind Toxin by Jing Tang Co. out of Florida, I can only get it from a vet so far, but it SO does work. Important to me: I am combining with supportive holistic supplements.
I am now practicing the art of choosing “cooling” foods. Info is all over online about the syndrome, and others, that may be solved without traditional meds which often “cover up” the symptoms. Perhaps your pet may need a cortisone shot, even antibiotics one time to get him started on the path to wellness, but as I said, in my opinion this is not a cure. The basic problem was never solved with meds for me. And don’t forget that probiotics are so important, especially while taking antibiotics, to keep his precious belly in good health. And they can take people supplements in most cases which are so much cheaper. Just watch the dosages. Hope I helped other poor sufferers and their dogs. (LOL)
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