We went through these kinds of skin problems and ear infections with our last dog. Our vet recommended that we start making her food which cleared up the ear infections. She continued to have hemolytic strep infections around her mouth off and on until she passed. The vet recommended an ointment called Ichthymol for her skin rashes. It's an "old time", stinky remedy but it works wonders. We found it at Walgreen's, where it is kept behind the pharmacy counter.
I hope your vet finds the cause and solution for your dog soon. I know both of you are miserable.
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Our first house dog was a lab puppy and we thought we were doing good, giving the poor puppy a bath every couple of days. Ended up at the vet cause he was scratching almost non-stop. We were bathing him toooooo much (weren't using medicatted shampoo). We were told to bath him no more than once/week. We learned after that.
Our dd has a Shi tzu dog with horrible skin allergies and she has to bath Prissy every few days with medicated shampoo and leave it on like you are doing Coop's. We know that Prizzy is allergic to grass so it is a vicious cycle cause she loves playing outside.
Sure hope you find the cure for Coop.
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He started last May with a breakout under his chin, infected follicles...antibiotics cleared that up(1st sign of allergies)then in June with ear infections (another sign of allergies)and the cysts between the toes....ears were cleared up with the food change, and multiple rounds of antibiotics and some steroids for the cysts....the "hivey bumps" started in Jan and bumps around his nose and chin..we tried the baths for those...helped some but not enough so back on antibiotics... At least he has no cysts right now on his toes....
God Bless him!!!! He is my love, right next to DH of course!!! His is an awesome cuddlier too...my 82 # lap dog... Labs are so prone to allergies.....
Do you find that bathing him 3x/week affects his coat? I understand that he needs to be bathed with medicated shampoo, but I know that bathing Labs too much can ruin their coats. Perhaps the lack of oil may be causing the hives (I'm thinking that Abby may be right if these are only appearing in the cold months)?
It's so tough to cure their problems when they can't tell us what's wrong :(
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Has Cooper always had hives or is this something new? I know around here, there have been alot of people with rashes and they're from the cold weather. Strange. I know Abbey has been scratching alot, but it's so dry in our house plus she's shedding. Another month and everything here should start to get better.
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I truly think it sounds worse then it is....he'll get a hive here and there---never dampens his spirit....doesn't scratch that often, but I will do what I can to help the boy out....we have been bathing every 3 days with medicated shampoo that needs to stay on a min. of 10 minutes....bathtub it is for him...loves it though....forever jumping in the tub now...
Cooper goes tomorrow for his first visit with the derm....wish us luck, hope she can figure out these darn allergies....ear infections have stopped, now we just have to work on the "hive-like" breakouts...
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