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My dog keeps scratching and has got lots of bald patches on

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My dog keeps scratching and has got lots of bald patches on chest and legs???
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 years ago.
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name isXXXXX am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- How long has this been going on?
2- Is there any redness, crusty or flaky on the skin?
3- Is he licking/gnawing on the bald areas?
4- How much does he weigh?

There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
About a month redness and scratches he nibbles it he weighs about 10kg
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 years ago.
1- To make sure I got this right, he is a German Shepard and is 10kg?
2- Do you have an anti histamine at home? If so what is the name and milligrams?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
He has also lost weight, he eats and drinks ok and goes for walks every day.no medication at home
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 years ago.
Georgie, one of the most common causes for itchy skin in dogs is an underlying allergy (food or environmental). The first place to start is doing a food trial during 6-8 weeks. This is what you can do:

1- Change his diet to a prescription food called Hill's z/d or a grain free diet with a different source of protein then what he normally has had in the past. For example: If he seldom ate fish then put him on a food that has fish. The idea is to put him on a diet with a protein source that he seldom ate. When on this diet he should not eat anything else or he will not improve. Needs to be on this diet for 6-8 weeks before you see significant improvement.

2- Start him on Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25mg every 12 hours. Or, chlorpheniramine 4-8mg every 12 hours. You can buy of these over the counter in any pharmacy (chemist).

3- Continue supplementing with fish oil.

For the bald/red area this is what you can do:

1- Need to stop him from licking/gnawing at area or he will make it worst. Pick up an ecollar (cone) in your local pet store to stop him from licking/gnawing at affected area.

2- Pick up in your local pharmacy "Hibiclens" antimicrobial soap or chlorhexiderm scrub. Wash area with this soap 2-3 times a day. If you do not find the above soap use over the counter antibacterial soap.

3- After washing affected area as above apply a topical antibiotic like neosporin or bacitracin. Do this 2-3 times a day for the next 7-10 days.

4- If no significant improvement after doing the above follow up with your family veterinarian for a hands on examination.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back. I am happy to address follow-up questions. Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!

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