Beware the grass.

May 27, 2013 at 9:58 pm 12 comments

The most popular posts on Boogie’s blog are about skin issues. It astounds me that so many dogs have been experiencing the same problems with dry, crusty, flaky skin patches… (diagnosed as some sort of staph infection that started as an allergic reaction) and like me, their parents have tried almost everything  including long courses of antibiotics.  I got very tired of putting Boogie on Cephalexin every summer. You should see my impressive collection of Virbac shampoos and conditioners. The first year I adopted Boogie, he was on antibiotics for 1 week. Then it became 2 weeks… 3 weeks… 1 month… 2 months… and the antibiotics worked but the symptoms always came back more frequently, and our vet even suggested feeding Boogie a low dose of antibiotics every day for the rest of his life.

Well, last year I changed vets. Not only was his skin in a really horrible dry condition, he was losing his hair. His coat was so thin, the white parts were no longer white. You could see raw pink skin and grey freckles everywhere. Poor Boogie was going bald.

Four months ago, I changed Boogie’s diet and switched to 100% homecooked food using a balanced recipe from K9 Kitchen. I also gave him coconut oil massages for his skin – which did a lot more for him than Virbac lotions ever did. Boogie’s poop also looked excellent and very slowly, I could see that his hair was growing back.

The weather here in SoCal has been warming up again and in Summer, one thing Boogie loves to do more than anything is to roll around and crawl around in grass.

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My mistake is that I have not been very vigilant about bathing him or washing him after these frequent grass-rolling sessions. Lord knows what they put in the grass around here.

The skin problems have come back :( The white, dry, flaky patches. The dandruffy coat. Boogie is scratching himself; and his hair is falling out. I am bathing him once a week, giving him chlorhexidine soaks and more coconut oil massages but the problem is not getting better.

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I need to figure out what to do, but here’s one thing that I am now 100% positively sure about. There is nothing wrong with Boogie’s diet. This is a seasonal and environmental problem. He is going to hate it so much that from now on, NO MORE ROLLING IN THE GRASS. :(

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PROCESSING… more thoughts about Boogie and BAT. Sigh.

12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Conscious Companion  |  May 29, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Great article! Our Hocus Pocus was having similar issues. We tried everything from the antibiotic shampoos to skin conditioners. Her diet was “clean” but she still had issues. We switched to a holistic vet and he recommended Brewers Yeast Powder. Her skin changed within days after we added that in! It might be something that would work for your Boogie :)

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    • 2. lili  |  May 29, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      Thanks for this tip! Would this be regular Brewers Yeast powder- the kind you get at a drug store?

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      • 3. Conscious Companion  |  May 29, 2013 at 8:41 pm

        We started with the regular brewers yeast. Now she’s on one from a health store. Our holistic vet saved her skin! Salmon oil & flaxseed oil helped as well.

      • 4. lili  |  May 31, 2013 at 4:32 pm

        Thanks! I just ordered some brewers yeast on amazon. What amount should I give Boogie? (He is 26 lbs)

      • 5. Conscious Companion  |  June 1, 2013 at 2:46 am

        Honestly I don’t know the appropriate amount – the product I’m using has many other ingredients in it so it’s not a comparable amount.

      • 6. Conscious Companion  |  June 7, 2013 at 4:12 am

        Hey! For some reason my response to you a few days ago never went through. Honestly I don’t know bc we use a product that has B. yeast mixed into it. I have a recipe from my holistic vet that ill find and share with you if you’d like. It had the b. yeast amt in it.

  • 7. lili  |  May 29, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Thank you! Boogie is already on Salmon Oil. I’ll try anything!

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  • 8. lili  |  June 7, 2013 at 5:05 am

    Conscious Companion – Yes, please let me know about this product. Boogie is now on antibiotics and prednisone because the problem got really bad.

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  • 9. Conscious Companion  |  June 8, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Hey! Here is the product that changed everything for our Hocus Pocus’ skin: http://www.petguard.com/dog-products/supplements/yeast-and-garlic

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  • 12. Rebecca flint  |  March 26, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Wow I’m at the start of the same problem I adore my v v small!! French bulldog but compared to my staffy what a lot of problems ha has!! Bowles diet eating anything in sight!!bad breath v v loose poos! Scratching nightmere!! Help! He’s only 7 months ,I’ve had him from 5 months and he’s not grown much he is soo small like a 10 wk old puppy he has to be walked on a lead all the time as he will eat his own poo lovely eh please any help would be much app x

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