|Barked: Tue Jul 2, '13 6:48pm PST |
|About three weeks ago all 4 of our dogs started itching. I had just switched them all over to Earthborn Holistic food, so I blamed that at first, although I thought it very strange that all 4 dogs should have a reaction to the food, especially one that seems to be so highly recommended. One thing that really baffles me is that my dog, Cookie, has had a yeast infection in her ears on and off for a year, and the yeast infection cleared up once she was switched to EH, but her coat got dull and itchy and scabby. The area between her hind legs is also very inflamed.
As for the other three dogs, they all have places on them where they've scratched themselves raw. One of the dogs has never had any skin problems but now has a huge sore behind her ear. One struggles with demodectic mange, but was dosed for that before this whole fiasco (with a medicine that treats not only mites but heartworms, fleas, ticks, etc), and she is constantly, itching, too, although she is the only one with no sore spots. The last dog has had dry skin issues in the past, but has seldom been this itchy. He also has a few scabby areas on his back.
Finally, a few days ago my step-daughter said she kept getting bitten by fleas when she sat on the couch.
So I was wondering, do you think this is a food issue, or flea bite dermatitis, or something else? The only flea I've seen on my dog this year has been a dead one on her foot; I've been treating her with flea meds since March, and I brush her copiously (because I have to, or else the house is overrun with dog fluff). I know she can still be bitten by a flea and that can trigger a reaction. Is it possible all 4 dogs are reacting to the fleas, or could it be the food?
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