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    Default Severe scratching, itching, and not getting much sleep :(

    For the past several days and nights Finn has been very itchy and the intensity has gotten worse, especially during the middle of the night where he will wake us all up with his scratching. His neck/chin was bleeding a little from all the scratching. Looking at his body, he's got several little white spots/patches and also what looks like a raw wound on his butt area. I was reading through other threads about mange and am suspecting he may have this. So, off to the vet we'll go today to get a proper diagnosis.

    I am at my wit's end with Finn and his skin issues. I try home cooking, i've tried so many different foods (will be getting Earthborn holistic next); I know that mange can arise from a poor immune system or some sort of stressor so I will be researching ways to boost his immunity. His skin also feels rather dry so maybe it's simply dry skin?? He also gets into everything in the yard especially when he plays with his varsity ball so maybe all that dirt and grass is contributing(??)...too much to think about!

    He's otherwise playing normally, eating like a fiend, and being his same naughty self.




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    Default Re: Severe scratching, itching, and not getting much sleep :(

    It could be dry skin. Have you tried a soothing bath? Maybe that's all he needs.


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    Oh Finn! I surely hope they find what's bugging him. Could be dry skin, and him itching it makes it worse. Tyson does that from time to time, it will get really red & irritated. Vetericyn or Neosporin usually clears it up in a few days. Have you tried a medicated shampoo? Keep us posted on what the vet says!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nycbullymama View Post
    It could be dry skin. Have you tried a soothing bath? Maybe that's all he needs.
    no, i haven't...can u tell me what this consists of? is there a special soap/shampoo? i bathed him with Trizchlor shampoo (has chlorhexidine), but didn't seem to help w/the itch.




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    Quote Originally Posted by TyTysmom View Post
    Oh Finn! I surely hope they find what's bugging him. Could be dry skin, and him itching it makes it worse. Tyson does that from time to time, it will get really red & irritated. Vetericyn or Neosporin usually clears it up in a few days. Have you tried a medicated shampoo? Keep us posted on what the vet says!
    thanku, I will. I hate taking him to the vet's if the solution is a simple one but at the same time, if i don't and his skin gets worse then...!!!




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    Default Re: Severe scratching, itching, and not getting much sleep :(

    The trizchlor (which I love) is drying, used more for yeast/bacteria.

    Do you see any flakes on him? looks a bit like dandruff.

    There's a ton of soothing/moisturizing shampoos out there, but I don't know of any off hand since our baths always use either Trizchlor or Douxo (because of their allergy issues).


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    Quote Originally Posted by cali baker View Post
    thanku, I will. I hate taking him to the vet's if the solution is a simple one but at the same time, if i don't and his skin gets worse then...!!!

    Tell me about it. So I use Tropiclean Oatmeal - I get it off Amazon, and its worked great for Tyson. Here's the link. I use this and if I have none on hand, just a regular Aveeno Oatmeal bath!

    Amazon.com : Tropiclean Oxy Medicated Treatment Rinse for Pets, 20 Ounce : Pet Grooming Supplies : Pet Supplies

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    Quote Originally Posted by nycbullymama View Post
    The trizchlor (which I love) is drying, used more for yeast/bacteria.

    Do you see any flakes on him? looks a bit like dandruff.

    There's a ton of soothing/moisturizing shampoos out there, but I don't know of any off hand since our baths always use either Trizchlor or Douxo (because of their allergy issues).
    Ah, go with this one Ellie suggests - it has hydrocortisone in it!

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    Default Re: Severe scratching, itching, and not getting much sleep :(

    No, no.. I didn't suggest anything..lol
    I was thinking he's dry so to stay away from the drying shampoos like Trizchlor..


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    Default Re: Severe scratching, itching, and not getting much sleep :(

    Yup, you're right @nycbullymama, that shampoo is drying and I will avoid that one for now.


    thanku @TyTysmom for the shampoo suggestion. I've also been reading about homemade oatmeal baths but of course, i don't have any oatmeal at home.




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    Default Re: Severe scratching, itching, and not getting much sleep :(

    I don't think I was clear (sorry, doing 10 things at once).

    What I meant was, I would stay away from any shampoo that had anti-fungal properties (like Trizchlor) because they're too drying. So if that's the problem, those types
    of shampoos would make it worse.

    You can always just use a mal-a-ket or Douxo wipes on his chin (like a spot treatment) but I wouldn't use it on the rest of his body right now. I think it would be too irritating if the problem is dryness.


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    Default Re: Severe scratching, itching, and not getting much sleep :(

    Posted the above the same time as you @cali baker.


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