Cypher now has a new problem that we are trying to work out with the vet. He seems to have developed an allergy to something. Your mission, help us figure out some ideas.
Over the last 2 weeks, he has developed a very musty doggy-type smell. He scratches ALL the time and even has a few small bald patches on his legs. Actually, looking at him now, he has a lot of small bald patches on his legs, stomach, and lower chest. The vet recommended using an oatmeal shampoo as a temp. solution while we try to figure out what is causing the reaction. The shampoo works for a couple hours, but then he is back to itching again.
His diet has not changed (lamb and rice formula) He is up-to-date on heartworm, shots, and flea control. no sign of mange or other parasites. Vet checked for ear mites because he has always scratched his ears a lot, but always comes up clean. His skin looks dry, but isnt flaky or peeling.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
dainerra
When was his last shots or heartworm? Any change in the environment, lawn products, etc, has the bug guy been by to spray around the house??

Teresa
Thyroid?
My doberman does exactly the same thing. I have taken him to the vet 5 or 6 times and they have checked for mites and fleas($100 a visit), but cant find any. They gave him a steriod and antibiotic which clears up everything for 2 weeks thens he goes right back to scratching all over. They want up to do blood work ($300) to see what he's allergic to and then its $150 a month for 6 months for building his immune system. Dont have that kind of cash right now so Curious just has to hold on a little longer.
My doberman does exactly the same thing. I have taken him to the vet 5 or6 times and they have ... immune system. Dont have that kind of cash right now so Curious just has to hold on a little longer.

yes, that is our problem, the cash to find out what is wrong.. Will ask the vet about thryoid as someone else recommended. am beginning to wonder if it is maybe just the grass he could be allergic to? all of hte bald patches, scaly skin and smell seems to come from his legs. as for the ear scratching, we've started joking that he doesnt like having floppy ears Emotion: smile
dainerra
Cypher now has a new problem that we are trying to work out with the vet. He seems to have developed an allergy to something. Your mission, helpus figure out some ideas.

Do you have any wandering jew plant in your garden? That's known to cause allergic skin reactions in dogs (not to mention allergies in humans too).

http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wandering Jew (plant)

cheers
Rache'
(New Zealand)
Thyroid?

That's what I was going to suggest. I know that with shar pei, the bald patches on the lower half of the body can be a sign of a thyroid problem.

One thing that I have found great results with as far as fighting allergy problems is Missing Link diet supplement. It seems to give the immune system a good over-all boost.
Robin