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With any dog that has developed hair loss, scabbing and itchy skin, the first thing that we need to rule out is fleas. On some dogs it is easy to find fleas, but not always. A few things you can do at home to help him: Get a chlorihexidine based shampoo to bathe him with and let the shampoo sit on his skin for at least 5 minutes before rinsing. Make sure that you have him on a good flea product, such as a Seresto Collar (available on amazon or chewy.com for around $47 and last for 8 months). And third, you can start him on plain benedryl at 1 mg per pound body weight by mouth every 12 hours. This should also help with the itch. If you do this and you are not seeing improvement within a couple of weeks, then you need to take him to your local veterinarian for a skin scrape and antibiotics. For the weight loss, it would be a good idea to have some blood work at your vets. Please ask any follow up questions. You can continue to post on this thread for a couple of days, even after rating my response. Take care.
So if it is fleas, then mopping and sweeping won't really help. You really need to start a good flea product like the Seresto. It is the most effective and least expensive on the market. The chlorihexidine shampoo is an antibacterial shampoo so will help with scabbing.
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Not at all. They usually do not go for people. Only is there is a large infestation in the environment. Some dogs are very sensitive to flea bites and will have a huge reaction with just a bite or two.
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You can get Capstar. I need to check real quick to see if it is available over the counter.
And yes it is. https://www.chewy.com/capstar-flea-tablets-dogs-over-25/dp/52940
Capstar kills the fleas that are on the body within a few hours and the Seresto will start to work in 24 hours. It is very safe to do both.
Coconut oil is a healthy fat, but it is not the best to add for their coat and it can cause problems with pancreatitis. I would use Salmon oil. https://www.chewy.com/grizzly-salmon-oil-dog-cat/dp/32737 safer and more effective. Good for their joints, kidneys, skin and heart
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