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English bulldog - 8 years old - patches of hair began

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English bulldog - 8...

English bulldog - 8 years old - patches of hair began falling out. Now lots of hair falling out. Some areas have a crusty perimeter and some do not.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the dog?

English bulldog - 8 years old - patches of hair began falling out. Now lots of hair falling out. Some areas have a crusty perimeter and some do not.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Where does the dog seem to hurt?

She doesn't hurt. She looks horrible and itches

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. No obvious pain. What is the dog's name?

Baily

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

I am sorry to hear your dog is itching so much. It sounds like Baily may have a skin infection from your description.

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 such as antibiotics and medicated shampoo but also rule out other causes that perhaps might be causing these changes such as a thyroid condition

- Benadryl 1 mg/ pound every 8-12 hours for itch. 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. You may notice more hair falling out as the skin sloughs the unhealthy hair and regrows new hair
- Begin a fish oil supplement with 1500 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

I hope this information makes sense and gives you a starting point for how to control her symptoms. Please let me know how else I can assist you both this evening

If you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION (I am not compensated in any other way). Bonuses are always welcome. Thanks!

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Altman, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

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

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both

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