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Old 09-10-2012, 07:56 PM   #1
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Cool Is there an anti allergy dog shampoo?

I believe the word hypo allergic? Not sure tho.

We adopted our Missy a little over 2 months ago. When she first got here she had just been spayed, and when she scratched her belly where her hair had been shaved we thought it was because of the hair growing back.

But it is now obvious to me that she has a slightly pinkish skin. She doesn't have much hair, and I check her for fleas every day which is not hard with a thin hair layer and there are no fleas.

I started her out on IAMS 'Healthy Naturals with Wholesome Chicken' but I read about all the stuff in dogfood that comes from China and decided to give up IAMS and start something better.

About 4, 5 weeks ago I started to feed her Blue Buffalo Small Breed Adult food (the bright pink label), BB Turkey Jerkey (not every day) and BB 'HealthBars' with Chicken liver (not every day, more alternating with the Jerkey).

She gets half of a small milkbone everyday and no other snacks other than a carrot which she loves above all other snacks.

Because her skin is not broken anywhere, I thought that wasking her with a hypo allergenic (hmmm.. still not sure what the word is but I assume it is clear what I mean) shampoo might be a start.

There are no wounds, lesions <sp?> or other skin damages anywhere but it is obvious that her skin is itching.
One thing I have noticed from day one is that she doesn't smell like a dog. I mean, I LOVE dog smell so when she is on my lap I smell her face and skin (sorry, I guess I'm weird) and she smells like something else, I cannot distinguish it but it makes me think that perhaps she was washed in the shelter she came from? Do they do that?

So, is there a particular shampoo I could use?

Any other advise is welcome of course.

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I just clicked on a link in a dogforum page about Derma-iOnx. Does anybody use that?
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I have heard DermCare Aloe & Oatmeal Shampoo for Dogs & Cats is pretty good. I know Amazon sells it but for some reason Amazon links don't paste well in posts.
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If she's got some allergies, it can be really hard to pin point it if it's something in the environment. Do you have your lawn sprayed for weeds or bugs? Do you use a fertilizer treatment? Sometimes it can just be pollen and there's not much we can even do about it. My german shepherd had bad allergies and it almost went entirely away when I went to a raw diet. But occasioanlly her ears do still act up, and I've noticed that I sneeze more when her ears act up, and the paper usually says pollen count is high. So I assume that's what it is.

It's also possible missy is allergic to chicken. Sometimes dogs do develop chicken allergies. You can try switching to a lamb and rice or salmon and sweet potato formula kibble.

You can wash her with an oatmeal shampoo for dogs. Oatmeal is supposed to be naturally soothing and anti-itch. I found this on amazon it seems like it might be good. Just beware of how much you do wash her though because over-washing can cause skin issues too.

Darn dogs and their allergies!
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You can wash her with an oatmeal shampoo for dogs. Oatmeal is supposed to be naturally soothing and anti-itch. I found this on amazon Amazon.com: BIO-GROOM Natural Oatmeal Soothing Dog Shampoo (32 oz.): Pet Supplies it seems like it might be good. Just beware of how much you do wash her though because over-washing can cause skin issues too.Darn dogs and their allergies!
Sugardog, Amazon links don't show up in posts when they are copied and pasted. All you get is that little Amazon logo. Perhaps you could provide a different source link?

ETA: well that is interesting (and good) news... the link shows up when quoted but not in original posts. I had the same problem with the doggie wipes link in Amazon.
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Do you have your lawn sprayed for weeds or bugs? Do you use a fertilizer treatment?
No and No. Never ever have we done that in the 16 years we live where we live.
And she already had that pinkish skin when she came into our house, I just didn't see it as an allergy.

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It's also possible missy is allergic to chicken. Sometimes dogs do develop chicken allergies. You can try switching to a lamb and rice or salmon and sweet potato formula kibble.
I was actually considering starting her on a sweet potatoe and a good protein source for a week or two. Would turkey be bad if she is allergic to chicken?
I can do lamb or beef.

A lamb and rice kibble might be an alternative. But I rather not give IAMS so I'll have to search for a good brand with that combination.

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You can wash her with an oatmeal shampoo for dogs. Oatmeal is supposed to be naturally soothing and anti-itch. I found this on amazon Amazon.com: BIO-GROOM Natural Oatmeal Soothing Dog Shampoo (32 oz.): Pet Supplies it seems like it might be good. Just beware of how much you do wash her though because over-washing can cause skin issues too.

Darn dogs and their allergies!
I know, itching is such a pain.
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THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for all your help!!
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FosterMom, My collie has severe allergies, and the oatmeal soap does work. I also use a leave on conditioner that helps prevent dry skin. He gets a bath 3 times a week.

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FosterMom, My collie has severe allergies, and the oatmeal soap does work. I also use a leave on conditioner that helps prevent dry skin. He gets a bath 3 times a week.
Is the conditioner of the same brand? If so (or if not), where do you buy that from?

Missy has a really thin hair growth. It looks like a lot because she does have an undercoat so when she shakes she has all this beautiful soft fluffy hair. I am not sure if she needs a conditioner, but if it does something extra maybe I should seriously consider getting it.
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The leave on conditioner is called Resi KetoChlor. It is made by Virbac. It can be used in between bathing. Your best bet is to order over the internet. It' much cheaper. Another brand of shampoo that I like is made by TropiClean. They have many different types of shampoos, and the oatmeal one is really nice. You can purchase that at any pet store, just make sure you read the labels.

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