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pug: is going crazy doing circles on his hind legs..skin looks

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my pug is going crazy doing circles on his hind legs and in between his toes are red and sometimes bleed...? his hind leg skin looks like elephant skin...help!
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
It sounds like your dog has a serious skin condition or allergy. Your best bet would be to get him to a veterinary dermatologist to find out exactly what is wrong. Your vet should be able to refer you to one.
You can read about skin problems in dogs at www.skinvet.com from the link at the bottom of the page see all the common problems. Or read here
http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/itch.html about them.
Hope this helps you!
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Nancy Holmes's Post: the http site can not be found
says URL not available


also the www.skinvet.com is not working

we already have taken the dog months ago to a dermatologist for $500.00 and they only said to change food and do an ellimination process....tried that...to no avail
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
I apologize the site was there and later in the day it seemed to vanish - they may be having server problems.
So changing foods didn't help - what foods did you try?
Did the vet check for thyroid problems?
Do you use carpet fresh or any other chemical on your carpets?
Do you use any chemicals on your lawn or are any used where you walk your pet?
Did the vet check for ringworm? or other fungal diseases?
This site also has info on skin issues and diseases
http://www.lowchensaustralia.com/health/skin.htm
Have you tried pure aloe vera on the bad skin areas?
Have you tried omega 3 and 6 fatty acids with zinc supplements such as Linatone with Zinc, Derm caps or Oil of Evening Primrose capsules?
This site suggests that skin infections due to yeast are common in pugs
http://www.pugs.org/health/skin.htm
there are specific meds to use to clear those up.
They also say demodex mange is common in the breed and if that was not tested for you should make sure its not mange you are dealing with.
If you have not tried Wellness Fish and Potato food you might find that works for your pug. My friend with itchy Shar Pei (another oriental breed) found that worked the best for her dogs.
Just to try and sooth the area for now you can see if soaking in warm epsom salt solution helps. It won't hurt and it could give some relief.
You might also try some Benadryl to see if that helps with the itching. The dose is 1mg per pound of dog 2 times a day. If that works then discuss using stronger antihistamines with your vet and try to get back to testing for allergies as that would indicate the problem really was some sort of allergy.
Sorry the other links didn't work - these worked fine for me this morning so hopefully they will work for you too.


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