|Barked: Wed Jan 16, '13 7:20am PST |
|Hmm, I will have to see about the chicken skin. but she always did fine with it before.
I have looked at her really good again last night, and so I will give some details. She tends to scratch her side mostly, sometimes she bites her rump, and she was scratching behind her ear and below her ribs for a bit, but has not scratched those two places anymore since I healed them up.
When I look under her fur, I can find very dry spots where the dry skin will flake off when you scratch it. and sometimes there are little pinkish spots and sometimes they are redder. Her skin will turn very red if she scratches it. So some of the redness is scratching wounds, but some of the spots look like they are there when she wakes up.
There are not very many spots like this, except for the couple of places where she scratches, and mostly near her side/shoulder.
and she has NO redness on her underside at all, not even dry spots. totally free of any irritation. So all the dryness is on her back under her fur. (she's bald on the bottom side). She has no hair loss at all. besides the usual shedding undercoat.
Things I'm speculating that I've read about:
She's picked up fleas out at relatives house while playing with their outside dog. I bathe her with dawn dish soap to kill any that jumped on her. I think she may be allergic to the fleas? But it's hard to tell because when I look at pictures, those dogs have VERY red spots and a lot of them, especially on their under side. and Cookie doesn't have this... but it's the only thing different that's happen recently,,
besides the cold weather, which is also recent for this part of Texas. I'm sure at least half of the problem if not all is the cold dry weather and the house heater taking a toil on her skin.
and then I guess she could have developed a food allergy.. I really hope not. her paws seem fine.
If it is a flea allergy, I'd appreciate any info, I don't know much about it.
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