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my yellow lab has been forming scabs on her skin that peel

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my yellow lab has been forming scabs on her skin that peel off and take a klup of hair with it, do you know what might be causing this?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

How old is she?

When did this start?

Does she scratch at the area?

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
3 years
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
Have you had any testing on the skin?

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Yes, I took her to the vet and they looked at the scab under a microscope and said it was an allergic reation to something and put her on staroids. She told me to put cortizone on her if it persists. Most of them are on her belly but some have gotten up into her fur and they peel away taking hair with them. She licks her belly alot!
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
If infectious causes have been ruled out, these signs would then be consistent with allergies in dogs, otherwise known as generalized atopy:
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/atopy-in-dogs/page1.aspx

Moreover, while there can be allergies to something in the environment, another possible cause would be food allergies.

 

The basis of this hypersensitivity is that there is an allergy to the protein

So...our options would be:

- Novel protein such as duck, lamb, rabbit, etc. The goal of these diets is to have a protein not in typical food such as chicken or beef

- Hydrolyzed diet - although the protein is chicken or beef or something more common, the protein is "chopped up" so small that the intestine does not reconize it as a normal protein.

 

Diet options as examples would be:

1) Hills Z/D (LINK HERE)

or

2) Purina HA (LINK HERE)

 

These are dermatologist recommended!


If there is dry skin causing itching - other options would be the use of special shampoo formulas, such as an oatmeal shampoo or other soothing shampoos.
http://www.1800petmeds.com/Oatmeal+++Aloe+Vera+Shampoo-prod10380.html
http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Soothe+Shampoo-prod10483.html

Supplements such as Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids may also help:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=20677
http://www.1800petmeds.com/Omega+3-cat60014.html

 

If not done already another recommendation would be to use an antihistamine such as Benadryl. The dose for over the counter Benadryl is 1mg for every 1 pound of body weight - for example a 25 pound dog should receive 25 mg every 8 to 12 hours. Please be certain it is the product consisting of only Diphenhydramine and DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY OTHER INGREDIENTS SUCH AS A DECONGESTANT.

I hope this information is helpful.
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I don't understand why the scabs keep forming
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
The scabs keep forming as this is an allergy - which has been shown by its response to the steroid shot your vet previously gave!

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Please click "ACCEPT" if the information I have provided has been of help so I receive credit for my work. Bonuses are always welcome and appreciated. Thank you.

The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
So will the Benadryl keep the scap from forming
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.

If this is an allergy - yes - this will help!

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
If that doesn't help then should I take her to a vet?
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.

Yes - and consider skin testing.

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