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    This is what it looks like

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    It looks like it hurts so bad...any clue how to help him? Anyone?

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    Default Re: My dog keeps scratching until he bleeds!

    You've gotten some good suggestions. Is he kept outside? I ask because you mentioned he does this on the brick corner of your house and your concrete patio. Does he do this inside? My girl is allergic to grass. Along with a grain free dog food (she is on Fromms; my son has an Old English Bulldog and she does good on Blue Buffalo. I see IAMS has a new grain free, but it's chicken) wipe her belly and folds everyday with witch hazel. I notice a huge difference in her allergies once spring rolls around.
    I mentioned my son's dog. Before he changed her diet she would scratch at her muzzle so hard she'd make open wounds.

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    Default Re: My dog keeps scratching until he bleeds!

    It definetely sounds like allergies, probably to the chicken, and I agree with the Purina, as being one of the worst foods. As a guideline you can check out the dog food ratings. We feed Fromms Beef Frittata to our guys, my female is allergic to chicken, salmon, grains and corn. Purina is listed as a 1 star and is full of grains, fillers, and chemicals and additives. A lt of bullies suffer from allergies, and sensitivities. Sometimes it's their immune system, and you can give them some supplements that will boost the I'm use system. We give our two guys plain unsweetened yogurt to their morning kibble, this provides probiotics and boosts the I'm use system, and also helps with digestion. We also give our guys salmon oil on their evening kibble, which provides Omega Oils, which is excellent for their skin, and coats, and rain, and we also add apple cider vinegar to their drinking water everyday. There are a lot of benefits to ACV, such as its a natural anti inflammatory, it kills the bad bacteria in the body, so boosts the immune system, and it also balances the Ph level of the blood. All of these are both natural and I expensive supplements so are safe for your dog, but very healthy and beneficial.
    LEARN A LESSON FROM YOUR DOG, NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGS YOU, KICK SOME GRASS OVER THAT AND MOVE ON.

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    Default Re: My dog keeps scratching until he bleeds!

    I let him outside in the day because I'm stay outside gardening and such...i live in Texas and it's usually warm outside where we can be out alot..but inside he wants to scratch on the walls or wherever he can.

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    Thanks so much! This is my first EB, and I love him so much in the short time we've spent together. ..I'm definitely gonna switch food, and try these remedies Vikinggirl suggested...

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    Thanks for rescuing him! EB's require a lot of care, which is why many end up in rescue. I've had dogs all my life and have to say my girl Lucy is my favorite. Such personality! One other thing; since you live in Texas where it can be very hot and humid, he may have problems cooling off if he's out in the heat very long once it starts to heat up. I don't walk Lucy unless the temp is under 70-75 with low humidity. She doesn't know when to slow down and will play non-stop with the other dogs we walk with. Because of their head shape/airways they just can't cool off as quick as a dog with a long snout. During the summer I walk her very early in the morning for her exercise.

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    Default Re: My dog keeps scratching until he bleeds!

    Does he have fleas? What flea preventative are you using? The placement of his hot spots look like it is flea related. Google "dog flea allergy" and look at the images. Looks very similar. Dogs with food allergies lick their paws a lot. Does he? Dogs with environmental allergies can have pinkish skin, red eyes, and hives. Does he have any of these? For now, try giving him two 25 mg benadryls and see if it alleviates his itching. He needs an antihistamine. You also need a topical cream or spray that has itch relief.
    Wellness dog food is readily available at most pet stores and has a line called Core that is grain free.

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    No fleas, I use front line, and we gave him the pill too, but he does lick his paws allllllll the time....i never would have guessed that was a symptom! Thanks so much for educating me a Lil more, it's appreciated!

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    Did you start giving him something new just before he started scratching? I he didn't before, then something he gets is causing it. I would start him on very limited elimination diet, home cooked or raw. And only his meds and a multivitamin. For example cooked hamburger and rice, also known as bland diet. See if it helps and only if it does and he gets better start adding new ingredients in to his diet one at the time, so you know what causes a reaction. For more great info on home cooked or raw you can find on dogaware. Just google dogaware home cooking.

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    Default Re: My dog keeps scratching until he bleeds!

    Thank you so much for saving this sweet baby!!! Allergies is what I would say too... Get a good food in him, chicken and grain free and there will be some good results.

    monica (vikinggirl). Gave you great info.

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    I had a similar problem with my pitbull, he's never had skin issues (I've had him since he was 5 weeks) and he is a little over 1.5 years now he one day began scratching and scratching. I checked for fleas, gave a flea bath just in case and nothing fell off. He began getting irritated spots all over and just scratching himself raw. His neck was bleeding and nothing was working. I even switched him to grain free food to no avail. I freaked out and took him to the vet thinking he had somehow gotten mange, they did a skin scrape and all. Everything came back negative and he was diagnosed with "pruitis" and "dermatitis" which is just a skin irritation/rash. The vet said that it simply gets worse because each time he scratches it open, it gets swollen and cannot heal, making it an ongoing problem. He gave me a prescription for "simplicef 200mg tab" it was about $80 but they sell it and similar prescriptions that you can order online for half the price. Within one day I noticed a huge difference and he is now completely 100% back to normal.


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