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Question by buddy
Submitted on 5/11/2004
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I have an 11yr old border collie/Shepherd.Up until this past Feb. has never been ill.Now he is scratching like crazy to the point that he cries,is leaving clumps of hair all over the place from his scratching.Took him to the vet and he was given a cortisone shot and omega 3 liquid suppl. for his food.the itching stopped or at least slowed dramatically,but then he started vomiting undigested food 3-4 hours after eating. took him back to the vet and was given antibiotics.. he started to have diarrhea ...very bad diarrhea .this went on for weeks .the dog lost 20 lbs.maybe allergic to one of the meds..have now changed his food to hyper allergenic Hill's prescription diet.he has been on Sulcrafate since Feb .cause as soon as he stops taking it the vomiting /diarrhea comes back.but we still have the initial problem , the itching!!!he's taking benedryl 2x daily just increased it to 3x daily but that just takes the edge off. he still scratches.Can anyone help?have paid the vet over $1000. for nothing but to give the dog diarhea/vommitting. Vet says he has colitis.but what about the initial problem of itching ????  Help!!!!

Answer by sara weeks
Submitted on 6/22/2004
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My vet and I treated my cocker spaniel for a few months convinced she had developed an allergy.  I was in total denial that she might have caught mange.  We were down to a duck and potatoes diet which when that didn't work we turned to the not expensive shots for mange.  She is cured.  Before that however she had rubbed her belly raw, lost most of the hair on one ear and was moaning and almost constantly scratching when she wasn't asleep.  Mange mites are not always seen under a scope.  If you in the least suspect mange, have your dog get the shots. There were no side effects from the shots and my darling dog is cured!  She probably caught the mite at the groomers.  hope this helps.  sara


Answer by Erin
Submitted on 8/6/2004
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I don't know if you still check this site for answers, since it has been a few months, but I hope you do because I went through the same thing.  I have a Black Lab/Shepherd mix who will be 12 in September.  Until 2 years ago he was NEVER sick.  He began scratching, gnawing at himself until he bled and losing ridiculous amounts of hair.  I went to 2 specialists (in addition to our regular vet), and no one had an answer.  He was put on numerous antibiotics, which seemed to work initially, and then he would get worse.  My friend who has horses and is an avid animal lover, turned me onto a web site called PHDPRODUCTS.com, they have a wonderful all natural dog food as well as a guide for a raw meat diet.  Believe me,I was never one to follow holistic medicine or dietary cures but I was at the end of my rope, and I must say HE HAS BEEN CURED.  They have a great website with all sorts of supplements, and you can speak to a holistic dietitian who can give you great advice for FREE.  My nearly 12 year old dog acts like a puppy (honestly people are SHOCKED when I tell them his age).  I would give it a try.


Answer by Patty
Submitted on 4/20/2006
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Try giving daily sulphur tablets - available from most chemists or from Weleda, Ilkeston,Derbyshire.UK.   It really does stop itching - try it!


Answer by Carol
Submitted on 4/25/2007
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i dont know but send a picture to me how bid these dogs get


Answer by doglover
Submitted on 4/28/2007
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I feel so bad for your dog sorry I don't have any idea to help but my mom's a vet and she could tell you something.


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