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He is pulling his hair out...it first stated with scratching

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He is pulling his hair out...it first stated with scratching his stomach until he was raw...we took him to the vet who thought food allergies then he continued so vet gave him mange with a booster due in 1 week.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Using the wrong medication for fleas can be dangerous. You should definitely talk to the Veterinarian. What is the dog's name?
Customer: But it continues and its hard to watch
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: its a Boykin Spaniel He's 4 months old and does go outside where he will eat acorns , grass etc. We have another dog....a rat terrier that plays with him but they do not sleep together or stay together too much
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 9 months ago.

Hello,

Reviewing your quesiton now.

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 9 months ago.

A few comments to share,

1. At this age, environmental allergies, would definitely be less likely. If over a year of age, I would be saying the exact opposite, with environmental issues being far more common than food allergies.

To rule-out food, I strongly discourage ANY over-the-counter food. To do a food allergy diet trial correctly, you really want a prescription limited ingredient hydrolyzed food that you feed exclusively for at least 2 months. It may not take 2 months to see improvement, but you have to give it at least 2 months.

I like Royal Canin Hydrolyzed HP formula, or I have seen some specialists use a vegetarian prescription diet from Purina.

Treating for mange as a precaution is a great idea. Typically, if worried about scabies, a vet will recommend topical Revolution every few weeks for a few doses, or ivermectin injections every few weeks.

If getting raw, and the vet has done a skin scraping or is very confident that mange is not an issue, than doing a temporary steroid for comfort would be okay (if your vet agrees).

Hope that information helps

Dr. Andy

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 9 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Andy
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 9 months ago.

I hope everything is going okay?

May I be of any further assistance?

Dr. Andy