|Barked: Wed Sep 18, '13 6:43pm PST |
|In response to some inquiries about success with getting Dougal's skin and ear troubles under control, I'll post this update about how we're treating it.
Skin: Dougal's nine years old now. When he was only about one year old, he did get what appeared to be the ailment detailed here: http://www.westiemed.org/health/malassezia/ However, that was fixed with the application of neem oil and regular bathing, and never recurred. A couple of years back, eczema appeared mainly along his back, neck and tail, and also between his toes and pads. That has been almost entirely eliminated by putting him on a homemade, natural diet, and completely cutting out the processed food from the store. His food comprises mainly ground meat, rice, and vegetables. There are other components. I can give a complete recipe if you ask via private message.
I am now able to say with confidence that this diet is the key to clearing the eczema on Dougal's body. There was a period recently when we did not have the time to prepare his food, so we bought him a good-quality kibbled food for sensitive skin. The eczema recurred, but was fixed again as soon as he went back on his homemade food. I conclude that keeping him off processed food entirely is the solution.
He does also have a piece of cooked pork leg with the bone once a week to clean his teeth, and his treats are small dried whole fish that are sold in bags at the pet store.
He still gets a little eczema between his toes and pads, but that is kept under control by occasionally applying a little tea tree oil mixed with petroleum jelly (Vaseline).
He is also bathed at least once a week with Cooper's Best animal shampoo mixed with tea tree oil and olive oil. 200ml of shampoo, 700 ml of water, 20ml or tea tree oil, 5ml of olive oil. We scrub his paws with a soft-bristled brush.
Ears: He was always prone to infections and itching. The discharge got worse around the same time as the eczema started. All the vet's treatments have failed to fix it. I now keep it under control by cleaning thoroughly 1-2 times a week with Nolvasan Otic solution. It takes 3-4 applications/massaging of both ears (and wiping with twists of tissue) per cleaning session to remove all the discharge. I then finish by drying thoroughly with a cotton bud. All this needs to be done very gently and carefully so that you do not damage your dog's ear or make him sore.
He was on one or two other treatments/supplements that I mentioned in earlier posts, but we have now discontinued those and not seen any negative results.
These actions have worked for Dougal, but I must stress that it's important to be sure what's ailing your dog if you are to offer the right remedies. Take him/her to a reputable veterinarian for diagnosis.
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