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Skin Allergies?

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I have a 9 year old female cocker spaniel who has had skin allergies pretty much her whole life. A while back she started chewing at the hind leg and between her paws. She'd chew so bad it would break open the skin and bleed. We recently got her shaved down because she was getting mats in her hair.

She still chews occasionally but not as severe as she was... now we are finding this little white spots that look like big dandruff that is matted to her skin.

Anyone that could help me out I would be more than thankful. We've been to the vet and were told to give her Benadril (spell) We also use hypo-allergenic shampoo on her.

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Well I feed Chloe Beneful Healthy Weight what would you recommend I switch her over to?

IF you suspect food allergies, switch him to one of the Wellness 'simple solutions' foods or to **** Van Pattons Natural Balance in either Fish and sweetpotato or Duck and potato. I've had great success with these foods and allergic dogs.

Common (food) allergens for dogs are:


It's also VERY common for dogs to be allergic to environmental items such as grass, carpet, certain ingredients in soaps and cleaners. I would advise a skin allergy test to eliminate environmental allergies.

What kind of tests were run on the dog?

Thyroid checked?
Skin scrape for parasites?

I'm not a vet but just from looking at your pictures I'd say you are dealing with more than just an allergy and some other form of skin disease with that much hair loss and scaling. Possibly some form of Alopecia.

I would suggest having the dog looked at by a specialist, as in a Veterinary Dermatologist. Your vet should be able to recommend one.
I agree, those conditions should also be eliminated and Thyroid is FAR more common than ANY allergy
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