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My little Yorkie has a very oily coat and after a week, she ...

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My little Yorkie has a very oily coat and after a week, she smells a little "ripe." A further problem is that she suffers from skin allergies and is constantly scratching. She is being treated by our vet for these hot spots but only steroids seems to give her relief... but the vet explained she cannot remain on steroids for any length of time. We bathe her once a week with a specially formulated oatmeal shampoo. Is this too often? Could we be adding to her discomfort?
Submitted: 9 years ago via PetPlace.
Category: Pet
Expert:  NancyH replied 9 years ago.
If you have not checked her thyroid level that could be behind the skin issues.
Sometimes a shampoo like Chlorhexaderm or Malaseb will help if the problem is bacterial or yeast infection.
If you have not tried a diet that is totally different frmo anything she has been eating, including treats all being changed, this might still be a food allergy. You could see if Z/A hypoallergenit diet helps. Be aware it takes 8-12 weeks of a new food before you know if it will help.
You can read about allergies and dogs here
This breed may also have an inherited disorder such as sebaceous adenitis shich causes an inflammation of the sebaceous glands or seborrhea which is an abnormal secretion of the sebaceous glands at the base of hair follicles. Seborrhea can cause skin issues ranging from from dandruff to greasy scales and crust.
If you have not done allergy testing to find out what she is allergic to that might be a good idea. You may also want your vet to refer you to a veterinary dermatologist for testing and possible treatment. Specialists tend to have a lot more experience with specific problems in their area and are usually worth consulting.
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