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    I thought my boy had allergies... he breaks out in hives, I've switched shampoo 3 times... I switched his food from totw to blue wilderness, took all bedding away and no treats... took him to the vet all they did was tell me he had an reaction to something. Gave him some pills and it came right back... I have an apt Monday at the vet, but I wanted you guys opinion... and if its mange can I cure it myself and how.

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    All I can say is ouch!!! That looks incredibly itchy!

    Don't rule out anything, have your vet do a skin scrape to be sure. It looks like dermatitis to me, have you tried giving benedryl yet?


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    I think it looks more like an allergic reaction to something. You have to eliminate things slowly to figure out what it is. In the cases of mange that I have seen the hair has fallen off in the affected site. Try the benadryl and keep an eye on it. Might I also suggest a non-fragrant oatmeal shampoo coupled with a cool bath. Also try to not over wash right now. Sometimes germs and the natural oils they have on their body helps to heal and protect the skin.
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    im gonna go to the vet again and see what they say this time, his back was not red the last time, he just had hives and 2 sores they shaved that he was scratching.... I have no clue what he could be allergic to, like i said i've changed shampoos... i actually started with an oatmeal... and i've changed his food. he was on totw for 4 months with no issues.. then this started, I changed him to blue after reading on the forum dogs can develop allergies to a food they've been eating with no issues.. I washed him again tues this time trying the furminator shampoo, cause he has been losing hair like crazy... and notice the hives were really bad and the scratching... i brushed him really good today and thats when i noticed how red his back was, after all the hair came off...

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    My Chester's had all sorts if skin issues. When he had mange it was red like yours, but more localized. Your vet should be able to scrape and tell you if it's mange right away. I remember part of the treatment was the application of advantix II. But last year and again this year, he had a bacterial outbreak on his back, looks exactly like your bully's,which also caused hair loss. He tends to have allergies to multiple things.(I think seasonal) The vet gave him antibiotics and an antibacterial shampoo, Malaseb. It's clearing right up!
    Good luck I hope your bully gets relief soon.

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    I dont think it looks like mange, it does look like an allergic reaction. Is he itching at all? I wonder if it could be a flea allergy. I'd stop shampooing for now. If anything, rinse him off with some cool water in case there is some shampoo residue on it. He could very well be allergic to the shampoo. It might not have been the food at all. The brushing could be irritating it, causing it to become red. Wash his bedding with dye-free, fragrance free stuff and maybe keep him crated for a while to see if the redness subsides - you know, like a little quarantine.

    Have you done anything different in your house with cleansers or detergents? Or is anything new/different that he may have rubbed against or gotten into that wasn't for him?

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    BTW Herman had this - I'm not sure what this was really, it kept coming and going for about a month. I noticed it flared up when he played in the backyard and would start getting less red a few days later. It didnt itch as far as I know (and if it did he definitely didnt scratch).

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    Quote Originally Posted by elearn View Post
    I dont think it looks like mange, it does look like an allergic reaction. Is he itching at all? I wonder if it could be a flea allergy. I'd stop shampooing for now. If anything, rinse him off with some cool water in case there is some shampoo residue on it. He could very well be allergic to the shampoo. It might not have been the food at all. The brushing could be irritating it, causing it to become red. Wash his bedding with dye-free, fragrance free stuff and maybe keep him crated for a while to see if the redness subsides - you know, like a little quarantine.

    Have you done anything different in your house with cleansers or detergents? Or is anything new/different that he may have rubbed against or gotten into that wasn't for him?
    I actually took away his bedding and treatss.. today was the first time brushing him in a few weeks.. yes he scratches mainly his belly and sides.... my back yard is really small, with no tree's, bushes or grass in it. So I don't know what it could be....

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    Those are both definately allergy's. Stop shampooing for a while, dogs need that oil on their coat for a reason. Please don't wash your dog unless they are dirty. Honestly I would rinse him/her in a mix of white vinegar . One cup vinegar to 1 gallon of water. leave it on, don't rinse it off. And there's hardly any hair there to brush so that would irritate the skin also. give that pooch a hug from me. poor baby. sometimes if a dog is allergic to grain. they get a reaction from grain shampoo, like oatmeal. when you rinse your fella just use tepid water also. hot or too warm of water will also dry the heck out of the skin. Please keep us posted @widebody and @elearn
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    Quote Originally Posted by widebody View Post
    I thought my boy had allergies... he breaks out in hives, I've switched shampoo 3 times... I switched his food from totw to blue wilderness, took all bedding away and no treats... took him to the vet all they did was tell me he had an reaction to something. Gave him some pills and it came right back... I have an apt Monday at the vet, but I wanted you guys opinion... and if its mange can I cure it myself and how.

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    What protein source was the original food!! To me it looks like allergies, and the first thing to look at is the food!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kazzy220 View Post
    What protein source was the original food!! To me it looks like allergies, and the first thing to look at is the food!
    He was on the bison totw....

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    OUCH....alergies. Give him benedryl 1mg per pound up to 3x a day to help with the itching. Could be a bug bite or food allergy since you stated htere are no trees or grass in your yard
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