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he most common allergies in dogs 1. flea bite 2. atopy which are contact and inhalant allergies ie pollen, dust etc. the only way to find the cause is either a blood test or skin patch test for the particular allergies I believe the cost is around 800 dollars either way with that information you can either try to minimize the dogs exposure to the allergens or treat for the specific allergen with the allergy shots mention above the third solution is symply treat the symptoms when they occur.

Keep in mind however if the itch skin is acompanyied by dandruff it is not ussually alergies but a skin condition that basset are prone none as seborrhea. There is no cure treatment requires frequent bathing often more than once a weel with antiseborrheaic ahampooo like selsun blue or shampoos containing coal tar. they must remain in contact with the skin for 15 minutes and rinsed of very thuroughly
 

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Bingley is going through the same this year, but so is our dachshund. We have a pretty large dog community around us and are hearing the same things about dry itchy skin. I give my boys an oatmeal bath and that helps a little, but I can't wait until spring!
 

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How about trying some type of oil in there food. I supplement with fish oil but have also heard of people using emu oil, coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. Just a thought as my skin sure does get dry this time of year.
 

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Davie has been having itchy skin too. The vet has him on Temaril that seems to working pretty well. He has cut down noticeably on the scratching in just the first week of use. He also hasn't been biting at himself as much as he used to.
 

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Ooohh, I dealt with this for 8 years. Being an allergic person myself, I had Lou tested. He was allergic to wool, human dander, grass, trees...BUT...I took it a step further. I changed his diet. Popular FOOD allergens are beef and chicken and even turkey. I bought Lou Nature's diet...vegatarian dry food and gave him lamb and rice canned food mixed in it. Read your labels...most things have chicken by products. Even stay away from beef rawhide. Lou never tolerated the immunizations, they made him worse. For the past 3 years he went on steroids (10 mg prednisone) every other day from May to Oct. That did the trick. I think the single most important thing I did with him was bathe him. I took him right in the shower with me. It made him feel better. Remember allergens are in the air, and can stick to the coat. They are oily enough to tolerate bathing every couple of weeks, said my vet. Good Luck!
 

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I just posted long post seeking advice in the general forum with similar problems. Please read and tell Meir you can relate to the itching Virgil's having. We put him back on prednisone again for now.
 

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Apart from the odd scratch, it didn't really become a problem until after they were neutered, their vet just smiles at me when I mention this as will probably many of you. But it has been ongoing now for five years (think possibly the carpet in this house could also have something to do with it), along with anal glands , colitis & very dirty ears

Have tried so many things over the years, on top of insurance it's cost a fortune & if had the same problem with a youngster - know it is expensive - I'd be testing for allergies. At least you'd have some idea of the cause. Tried so many things & look through forums such as this hoping that I will find the magic answer, but I'm still looking.

After years of procrastinating changed to raw feeding & really believe it's helped (no grains, fillers & would never go back to kibble), colitis is under control, ears are better but they're still itching. Shampoo with Seleen (leaving it as long as possible between washes), wash/rub down legs & underparts when ever we come back wet from a walk with warm water with a few drops of hibiscrub & dry well, use sudocrem on affected areas, dew lap & legs. Some times it gets better, don't think winter heating helps, don't use washing powder on bedding just a hot wash. Whether it is worse in certain lines (ours aren't heavily skinned) I don't know, but bloody uncomfortable for the dog & wish sometimes vets would get to the cause rather than 'oh it's a Basset' thing'. Vet asked me on a scale of 1-10 where would I place Lucas, said 9, 'no' he laughed 'he isn't that bad, I'd say he's a 3/4', all I can say is that I feel very sorry for a Basset that scores a 10! Good luck to you both.
 

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Apart from the odd scratch, it didn't really become a problem until after they were neutered, their vet just smiles at me when I mention this as will probably many of you.
Reading through all these comments, I had to smile when I came to this comment because we were perhaps lucky with our line in that generally speaking we didn't have skin problems. Truly! Mine were, with one exception, tricolours, and dark tris at that after we used a visiting Am.Ch. who was basically black and white. His son is my current avatar. Anyhow, having said that, one of our older boys did start having skin issues - inner flaps of ears being his worse problem. And guess what, he had NO problems whatsoever until he was CASTRATED (prostate flare up problem). However, this may have been a coincidence as all our bitches were spayed, once retired and other than growing a thicker coat, some of them, they had no skin problems ;)

However, our sole lemon/white boy did have problems throughout his life and he def. favoured a line that I knew had to be dipped to keep their skin problems under control.

On the other hand, amongst all his other problems, Frankie has pink armpits and in the groin area, and on his front legs. :rolleyes: And carries a line back to the old boy we had to have castrated. Go figure!! :D
 

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allergies and food

Avoid the Iams food. It's not good quality and has a lot of fillers. Look for foods that have meat (and not meat byproducts or meal) as the main ingredients. Grain free and potato free has also worked for many dog owners I know who have dogs with allergies. Lamb and fish are supposed to be good.

I just took my 5-yr old basset Higgins in to the vet because he had a dry itchy belly and was scratching himself. His nipples were inflamed also. I thought it was the winter weather and tried to give him some moisture with olive oil. Turns out he's developed a yeast infection likely from scratching due to food allergies. We did put him on the Hills prescription diet z/d, and he was given an anti-fungal wash and some antihistamines. The diet does seem to be working. Today I was able to skip the antihistamine and his belly is less red. His underarms did smell a bit funky, so I gave him another wash with the anti-fungal soap.

He was having some gas issues also in previous days, but that seems to have subsided also. We made an abrupt diet change and he had some digestion issues (pooping a lot less). The past 2 days we have given him a tablespoon of pumpkin in his kibble and that has helped with the pooping, and no itching so far, so pumpkin must be ok.

He gets one fish oil caplet a day. I poke it with a pin and squeeze it over his kibble.

I plan to change his food once this clears up to a grain free, poultry free, and potato free food. I read that potatoes are bad for dogs with yeast issues. He was eating Fromm's gold, which is a good quality food, but he seems to have developed an allergy of some sort to this. He was also getting boiled carrots and turkey with his kibble, so I suspect a poultry allergy. I'd like to get him off the hypo allergenic food because it is even more expensive than a high quality dog food, so we'll see how that goes.

I suggest smelling your dog's belly and especially under his arms to see if it's a yeast infection. The vet likely would have been able to diagnose this, but maybe it was missed. If he smells funky, maybe he's got a year issue (perhaps an immune response to his meds and possibly food allergy related).

Food allergies are not easy to diagnose. It's sort of trial and error. If he's doing ok with the hypoallergenic food, stick with it, but try to introduce some other things into his diet. Grain free has worked for other dog owners I know who have dogs with allergies (not bassets). I also read that a dog's diet should be changed periodically to help avoid allergy development, though I also have been told by vet techs that there should be no need to change a dog's food. I don't totally buy that because Higgins has been eating the same food for 2 years and now all of the sudden allergies.

I would also NOT put moisturizers made for humans on your dog's belly. That could make things worse. I was using natural moisturizers for Higgins (olive oil and this gardener's balm made from bees wax, castor oil, and coconut oil) and it only allowed the yeast to grow more. People soap/shampoos should NOT be used. Get a good quality soap, perhaps from your vet. It will likely be more expensive, but if it save several trips to the vet it's worth the cost.

Keep your dog hydrated. That helps with dry skin too. It's hard to get a dog to drink water if he's not thirsty, but Higgins will eat ice cubes like they are treats, so that is one way to get him more water.

I will say that the fish oil has also helped a lot. Higgins' coat is super soft. I did buy the derma caps from the vet, but I imagine the ones at a pet store are similar. I might avoid the cheap kind you can get for humans because sometimes there are fillers in them. You want a good quality supplement.

ALSO: TREATS! If you are still giving your dog regular dog treats you are undermining the whole treatment. We did but the hypoallergenic treats, and I will be on the look out for other options, but no more milk bones and other treats like that.

These things are costly sometimes, but once you figure out what works, you probably won't be spending as much as when you are trying to figure things out.
 

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Coconut Oil

Our basset has the same Yeasty itchy problems that are all listed here. Same response from vet, steroids, antibiotics etc. Then someone told us about putting coconut oil on his food. Apparently it has lauric acid and caprylic acid which both naturally fight yeast. It worked amazingly well for 6 months as far as yeast. Didn't help with scratching, though. Now that we are in the fall, though, he is having a particularly difficult time with yeast. Not sure whether it is an increase in things he is sensitive to, or he has built up resistance to coconut oil. It was almost miraculous the way that it helped in the beginning, though.
 

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I don't know if this will help any but when Walter wouldn't stop itching, a friend told me her dog had the same problem from eating walmart bones/ treats. Walter was actually chewing on one that moment so i took it away and about a month later the itching stopped.
 
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