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    Can someone please give me some advice, I have a nine year old King Charles called Ellie, she has had skin problems all her life but as she is getting older it's getting worse. Ellie licks and scratches all day and she is driving herself and my family insane. She has no coat left on her paws legs, neck, chin and she is red raw on her underneath, she also has an awful smell. I have had her to the vets on numerous occasions only to be given steroids on repeat prescription, not to mention the money I have spent on different things. I am very stressed with Ellie's skin problems as she is such a lovely dog, can anyone help please.

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    Do you have a dermatology vet in your area?

    I have had 2 dogs with skin problems and taken them to a derm. vet. and both times she diagnosed the problem and was able to put them on the road to recovery.

    In one case it was food allergies/intolerances and I changed what she ate and the scratching went away. In the other instance, my dog was losing all his hair and it turned out to be sebaceous adenitis and he had to take certain medication to substitute for what the sebaceous gland no longer made. In the sebaceous case, I went to the vet for 3 months and my dog kept getting sicker. Nothing the vet tried worked. They couldn't figure out what was wrong with him. Then they referred me to the dermatology vet. And she figured out what was wrong with him in the first consult!
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    Sorry cant really help as Sam has sort of the same probs, he goes mental scratching his belly he has that raw at times. Same as u, i have brought him to the vets and tried countless things. the only thing that seems to work is an injection the vets gives him, it lasts for about 2 months. I know its not the answer but at least it brings him some relief.

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    My breeder told me about salmon oil for the coat and skin, I think it helps moisturize if it's a case of dry skin.
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    I feed my puppy on a hypoallergenic dry food called Arden Grange It's free from wheat gluten, dairy products, beef and soya. They contain no artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives but has chondroitin and glucosamine extracts added for joint health. It apparently reduces the risk of dietary intolerances and allergies that can cause digestive disorders and skin complaints.I have no idea if this is actually the case, but it's what the breeder fed her before I got her and my vet agrees that it's an excellent food.I'm hoping that she won't develop any skin or dietary intolerances but only time will tell.I think if your current vet can't solve the problem, then I think the advice to get to a vet with dermatology experience is essential. I hope you get it sorted soon.
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    I would strongly recommend you talk to your vet about food allergies. I have no personal experience with skin issues but from everything I've read most skin issues can be traced back to food allergies and/or yeast infections.

    Poor baby...I hope you can find a solution soon.
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    My sister's dog was losing his hair and after hundreds of dollars spent at the vet my sister figured out he was allergic to chicken and now on Evo REd Meat his hair is growing back.

    I'd try to find a vet dermatologist but in the meantime I'd also try changing his diet. There are some good diets out there for dogs with food allergies - if you have a good full-service pet store with premium foods, they should be able to recommend some and may even give you samples. Fish and Venison are popular allergy diets and my sister's dog really loves the venison.

    Good luck - btw, did the vet have you give him benedryl or anything to reduce the scratching and make him more comfortable while you are searching for a longer term solution?
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    I have a similar problem with daisys skin, it gets very dry, flaky and itchy. I have tried her on zinc tablets (didn't work) and oil which i put on her food every day (didn't work). My vet said that it is obviously something we can't change as it is in her system, HOWEVER.......

    I speak to a lady called Diana who has a cavalier called Flossie with Dry eye/curly coat (daisy has this as well) and i would strongly recommend washing her with a sensitive shampoo and then rinsing, then apply Aqueous Cream (you can buy a huge tub in Boots for about £2.00) smother her in the cream (under tummy - everywhere!) and really rub it in, then rinse. I was a bit dubious at first, but it really really helps. After i have done it, daisys fur is more shiny, and her skin is not flaky anymore at all (it was really bad before). I do this with Daisy every Friday and it is very good, plus it doesn't cost that much. You should try it.

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    Geez, I am so sorry. It's just an awful feeling to watch your baby tear themselves apart and not be able to help them. I always feel so helpless (my shih tzu has horrible allergies as well).

    I concur with taking her to a dermatologist. If this has been happening her entire life, then there is not going to be an easy fix until you know what is really going on. It is such an easy way to get answers, whether it be an allergy test or skin diagnosis. The upfront cost will eventually balance out in comparision to the frequent vet visits that don't do squat.

    May I ask, what are you feeding her?
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    I have 2 cavaliers with allergies one is chronic and the other low grade. My advice as was suggested before is to find a dermatologist. I really feel you need an accurate diagnosis to be able to treat the problem effectively.
    Have you got a vet training university or specialist centre near you?

    When treating this problem you usually end up having to take a holistic approach, meaning you may need to look at diet, environment and cleaning regime, not just try one thing.

    I would start by making sure your little one has a diet high in fatty acids, I give three fish oil caps a day (each as directed by dermatology). I would switch to an oatmeal based shampoo and conditioner (good quality) and bath every 2 weeks (unless otherwise instructed by your vet) to remove pollens, dust mites and other allergens, make sure when bathing you rinse really well. I would look at the bedding make sure it is cotton and gets washed at least weekly. Check your plants if you have not already done so make sure non are toxic or poisonous. You could try doing an elimination diet, talk to your vet about this. There is so much more it could be but obviously it is too much to list all which is why you really need to know what your dealing with.

    For me Harry has had 2 years of trial and error to finally stabilise him best we can. His treatment includes and has included
    elimination diets
    intradermal skin testing
    skin scrapes
    12 months of desensitisation vaccinations
    regular trips to dermatology for reviews, his regime now we know what we are dealing with is a bath once to twice weekly with a special oatmeal shampoo and conditioner to remove the pollens and dust that cause this part of his allergy/skin irritation I use virbac episoothe shampoo and resisisoothe conditioner.
    Application of repellent for insect bites, monthly flea treatment for flea allergy, fish oil in his diet daily, special ear cleaner used once weekly to keep imflammation down, and a baseline medication (non steriod). I am sure there are other things but I can't think as it is just second nature now.

    I think once you find a dermatologist this will become easier for you to manage. If you do not have this as an option you may need to try and direct your vet to at least liase with a dermatologist for advice as I don't think long term steriod treatment should be an option unless all else has failed. Just my opinion though due the nasty side effects long term.

    good luck with this, keep us posted.
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