Dog Chewing Lice
(Daytona Beach Florida )
I have an 8 yr old beagle house dog. She's always been an inside dog since I got her at 6 wks old. We were homeless for about 5 months and stayed in a very old barn. Since then, she has these scabs on her skin mainly on back legs, around genital and rectum area, her neck and the pits of her arms. They get on her front legs but not like the back ones. She is constantly scratching, biting and licking at these spots. She gets a weekly bath with oatmeal agents to soothe her skin. I've tried everything to get rid of this stuff. Flea, tick and parasite collars, lotions, monthly Capstar pills.
She's very rarely outside and only other dog she has contact with is my miniature schnauzer but they hardly ever interact. I'm at my wits end. I know it's miserable for her and I've actually considered having her put down just to give her some peace from the constant itching, irritability and sores. I just feel so bad for her, it's got to be so miserable. I cannot afford a vet as I'm a widowed disabled Grandma raising 2 of my Granddaughters. Any help would be so so appreciated. I feel so awful for her. She's my baby. My late husband got her for me after being diagnosed with teinal cancer so she's been tightly by my side ALWAYS since he brought her home.
I don't want to be selfish and keep her with me if nothing can be done for her.
It's important to consult with a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan, but I understand that may not be possible for you at the moment.
Here are some suggestions that you can consider:
Diet: Sometimes, skin issues can be related to food allergies or sensitivities. You could try changing her diet to a hypoallergenic or grain-free dog food and see if that makes any difference.
Supplements: Some dogs benefit from omega-3 fatty acid supplements, which can help improve skin and coat health. You can find these supplements in fish oil capsules or liquid form to add to your dog's food.
Over-the-counter treatments: Consider using a hydrocortisone spray or cream on the affected areas to help
reduce inflammation and itching. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label and monitor your dog closely to ensure she doesn't lick it off.
Environmental factors: Think about any changes in her environment, such as new cleaning products, carpet or laundry detergent that could be causing an allergic reaction. If you can identify a potential allergen, try to eliminate it from her environment.
Regular grooming: Brush her regularly to help remove any loose hair or debris that could be contributing to her skin irritation.
E-collar: Using an Elizabethan collar (E-collar or cone) can prevent her from reaching the irritated areas, allowing them to heal. This should be used temporarily and only if she is causing significant self-trauma.
Seek low-cost veterinary care: Look for local low-cost or free veterinary clinics in your area that may be able to help diagnose and treat your dog's skin issues. You can also contact local animal shelters, rescue organizations, or veterinary schools to see if they offer affordable care or payment plans.
If you believe the problem is lice you can try:
Over-the-counter treatments: There are several over-the-counter treatments available for lice infestations in dogs. Some flea and tick shampoos or treatments can also be effective against lice. Read the labels carefully to ensure the product is safe for your dog and effective against lice.
Prescription treatments: If over-the-counter treatments don't work or if you prefer a prescription treatment, consult with a veterinarian. They can prescribe a treatment specifically designed to eliminate lice in dogs.
Grooming: Regular grooming can help remove lice and their eggs (nits) from your dog's coat. Use a fine-toothed comb specifically designed for lice removal to comb through her coat thoroughly. Be sure to clean the comb with warm, soapy water after each use to prevent reinfestation.
Wash bedding and clean the environment: Lice can survive for a short period of time off the host. Wash your dog's bedding, toys, and any other washable items she comes into contact with in hot water. Vacuum your home thoroughly, focusing on areas where your dog spends the most time.
Please remember that these suggestions are not a substitute for professional veterinary care. It's essential to consult with a veterinarian if her condition doesn't improve or worsens.
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Dog Health Guide