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HELP!! Dog wont stop scratching/bleeding

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Barked: Sun Nov 18, '12 7:38am PST 
Ok guys I need options. My dog is a 5 year old pit. He is the most gentle dog i have ever met. He has a canine good citizenship and works at a nursing home to help lift the spirits of the residents. He has a skin issue that causes him to scratch himself till he bleeds. We have tried several different vets, including a dog dermatologist. We have changed his food, given him benydrl, treated him for mange, given him baths every couple days, put powder on his skin to absorb moisture, etc. He licks between his paws, bites by his tail till it bleeds, and scratches his sides and his stomach till it bleeds. He has red spots that come and go on his stomach and under his chin. They look like its a rash. He has a underactive thyroid that he is on medication for. We have tried allergy shots and prescription allergy medications. This doesnt seem to be going away. We hate to see him like this all the time, but we have done literally everything we can think of. It is so bad we have to clean his wounds with hydrogen peroxide. (the wounds are the size of a handprint)
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Kali

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Barked: Sun Nov 18, '12 8:04am PST 
What kinds of food have you tried?
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Barked: Sun Nov 18, '12 8:53am PST 
We tried grain free, corn free, wheat free. Tried chicken/rice, lamb/rice, veal, venison. All of his food has been hard food, except we did try adding yogurt to it sometime. Each dietary change we tried for a month or so. This has been going on for about 2 years. We have not tried any soft foods though.
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Barked: Sun Nov 18, '12 8:54am PST 
We tried grain free, corn free, wheat free. Tried chicken/rice, lamb/rice, veal, venison. All of his food has been hard food, except we did try adding yogurt to it sometime. Each dietary change we tried for a month or so. This has been going on for about 2 years. We have not tried any soft foods though.
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Nare

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Barked: Sun Nov 18, '12 9:28am PST 
I don't think you stuck with one food long enough. It takes about 6 - 8 weeks (2 months) for the toxins and crap to fully flush out of the system.

Could also be something environmental or treats ? Do you use anything other than kibble as treats?

Maybe try adding Fish oil, take him to the vets and see if his anal glands need to be expressed (just an idea) and uhh.. Maybe hes allergic to fleas / mosquito? seen any of those?

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Roscoe

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Barked: Sun Nov 18, '12 9:44am PST 
Hmmm...as a general rule we changed his food when the vet said it was most likely causing his most recent "break-out". Curious, how would expressing his anal glands help him stop scratching himself? With all the vets and specialist we've been to with him none of them have mentioned this as a issue or possible cause. He is getting recurring staph and fungal infections (sometimes smells just awful!). Most of the time we notice it under his chin, on his chest, between his hind legs and occasionally his front legs.
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Nare

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Barked: Sun Nov 18, '12 9:57am PST 
Dunno. I've never had a problem with it myself-- but I thought I had remembered that sometimes dogs bite near their rear when their anal glands were impacted. Again, it was just a thought.

Were you using Gold Bond powder ?
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Roscoe

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Barked: Sun Nov 18, '12 10:04am PST 
Nope. The vet suggested Johnson and Johnson's baby powder. Should we try Gold Bond?
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Kali

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Barked: Sun Nov 18, '12 4:09pm PST 
I agree that trying fish based protein with less/no grain and less filler might help and staying on the food longer. Please keep us posted.
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Maxwell

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Barked: Sun Nov 18, '12 6:26pm PST 
The ingredients are nasty sounding and it is expensive stuff you wouldn't want to feed forever but you could try the hydrolyzed protein prescription diet to see if it really is a food allergy. If his skin calms down in 2-3 months then it is likely a food allergy. Then you would try weaning him to a simple kibble with a starch and meat he hasn't ever had before.

Did you go through his environment back when he started this? Perhaps he is allergic to dust mites or a cleaner or a detergent you started using at that point.

Sassy had flea allergy that got worse as she aged but her anal sac issues got better on home cooked food. Something in kibble bothered her, all the different ones over 13 years. On home cooking they were better and she stopped stinking and needing her sacs emptied for her. Could have be an actual ingredient bothered her or storage mites or rancid fat or mycotoxins from fungal contamination or toxins from bacterial contamination, don't know. Never bothered Max, no idea just what was the problem and you can tell I have thought long and hard about this!
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