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I'm worried about my dog he is a schnauzer and has like a

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I'm worried about my dog he is a schnauzer and has like a rash developing on his body. It's to the point where his pretty fur is falling off and you can see his skin. I've been wanting him to go to a vet but i don't even know where to start.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I am sorry to hear your dog has this rash and hair loss.

I can give you some basic guidelines but if there is no change please consider a veterinary exam to determine the underlying cause and more aggressive ways to control the symptoms

- Benadryl 1 mg/ pound every 8-12 hours for the redness and often relieves irritation. It may cause mild sedation initially
- Oatmeal-based dog shampoo three times weekly to control the itch with ten minutes contact time before rinsing. This will help to soothe the skin and if there is a contact allergy it will rinse away the allergen
- Begin a fish oil supplement with 750 mg EPA & DHA daily. This will help skin and coat health but can take 2-4 weeks to take full effect
- Ensure you are feeding a high quality diet with no by products which can cause itchiness in some dogs
- If continues then please talk to your veterinarian about oral antibiotics, a blood panel to include a thyroid panel, and doing some cultures of his skin to rule out any other possible infectious causes

I hope this information makes sense and gives you a starting point for how to control his symptoms. Please let me know how else I can assist you both this evening, I am online another 15 minutes to assist you both

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Rex. How is everything going?
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