I Have A Pit Bull Puppy Who Has Skin Problems , Rash, Bumps, Leg Pits Belly , Paws, Around Mouth , I Can Only Use Baby Shampoo When I Clean Him, I Also Noticed His Skin Is Real Dry, Causing Him To Scratch, Need Reliable Info Pup Is Suffering.who Can Help Me ?

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Skin problems are some of the most common health problems in dogs and there are number of different types that they can suffer with. Some skin disorders are very acute and will not have any lasting effects while others can be chronic and require life long treatment. Most dog skin disorders are grouped according to the causes of them. Primarily theses groups are; immune-mediated skin disorders, infectious skin diseases, flea allergy dermatisis, hereditary and developmental skin diseases and cutaneous manifestations of internal diseases. If your dog is really suffering then it is important that you seek advice and possible treatment from your veterinarian. Skin problems that are left untreated or are mistreated can cause your dog much more serious problems later on.

Immune mediated skin disorders occur as a result of deficiencies in the dog’s immune system function. This increases the dog’s susceptibility to demodectic mange as well as some recurrent skin conditions including Malassezia or bacterial infections. Hypersensitivity disorders also fall into this category with diseases such as atopic dermatitis. Infectious skin diseases can either be contagious or non contagious. One of the most common contagious skin problems in dogs is Sarcoptic canine scabies. Other contagious disorders include parasitic, bacterial, fungal and viral diseases. Non-contagious skin diseases occur when normal bacterial or fungal skin flora is allowed to proliferate.

Flea allergy dermatisis is an eczematous skin disease that is extremely common in dogs. It is caused due to an allergic reaction to the flea’s saliva and causes the dog’s skin to come up in bumps, scabs and even suffer with hair loss. Hereditary and developmental skin diseases occur when abnormalities of the skin structure or function are inherited by the dog. These diseases include ichthyiosis, skin fragility syndrome and etiology in puppies. The last category of dog skin problems is cutaneous manifestations of internal diseases. These systemic diseases can have symptoms that resemble a skin disorder. Examples of these are endocrine, hypothroidism and Cushing’s Syndrome.
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I have a staffordshire bull terrier with skin problems.. It could be the food. My dog can't eat meat by-products. Her food is fish and potato. The brand is blue in the pet store. Very healthy. You have to watch everything for the dogs has chicken broth or some form of meat in it. Try changing the food. But you have to ease her off of old food into new. Also ask your vet...I was buying the expensive food from the vet and found this "Blue" brand which seems to be good. Also use a dog shampoo, but get one that is oatmeal blend. The oatmeal soothes there skin and should put moisture back in. My dog is healthier than me at this point. For treats its really hard to find ones without the meat stuff in it.. So I give  her carrots or ice cubes. I have on occasion found treats without meat but definately hard to find. There is a natural store for the animals its called "cutter's mill the natural pet place" but you still have to read the labels.
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I have a rescue pitbull and she had the same problem since we found her. She went to the vet and it turned out to be dermatitis mange. It's not contagious and there's nothing to worry about. My dog is on medication for it and her skin has healed. This type of mange is very very common in pitbulls because they are a very stressful breed and it's caused by any type of hormonal or chemical change, whether good or bad. It's usually treated, for bad cases, 3-5 months. My pitt's been on her medication for about 1 1/2-2 months and all her hair has grown back and she no longer scratches. But it has to be taken care of as soon as possible because it will just keep getting worse if left untreated.
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Your dog might be having insect bites and allergic reaction. These allergic reactions can be due to hypersensitivity or reactions to medicines, foods and chemicals etc. Dogs can have sores bumps and rashes due to this problem. This condition can affect skin, lips, face, tongue and ears. Itching can be severe. Bumps and rashes on skin, scratching, hair loss, breathing disturbances, swelling of face, smelly coat etc are symptoms to be noted. Use of topical corticosteroids and oral antihistamine can help if there is no bacterial infection. Addition of vitamin A and C in the food can also help to reduce itching. But ideally, a visit to vet can be more helpful.
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I have a pitbull that is 1 year old. She had the same exact problem... My vet told me she had a food allergy and we found out it actually was chicken. I also was washing her way too much(once a week) making her problem worse and drying her skin out. Try cutting back on the baths and buying aloe (only the all natural kind) for her skin, it helps a lot! Also try brushing her everyday!
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vanessa Angel answered
If this is just a rash try using organic shampoo. They have very sensitve skin. Try not to use hot water while taking a bath. Try to keep away from products that have alcohol which can dry out the skin. You can test a small amount of 100% olive oil on a small area. If everything goes okay with that rub a small amount into her skin. Leave it in for about five minutes and wash it out with organic or sensitive dog shampoo. GOOD LUCK.
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Deb answered
Instead of looking for a shampoo, I'd try Derm Caps. They were suggested by my vet for pug's horrible shedding. I have a blue pit also, & use it on him too. Not only is it a cure for shedding, but it's GREAT for their skin! In fact, it's for their skin specifically. If you want to try a cheaper approach, fish oil works just as well! You'll see a change after a week I promise! Just cut open the capsules (fish oil or derm cap) & drizzle the oil onto their food or water. Like I said, it helps shedding & dry skin, so you're killing two birds w/ one stone! Let me know when or if you do it, & let me know how you like, k?
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Ronin answered
You may want to try something with Tee Tree Oil in it. It's very good for the skin and coat. You might also want to look at her food. What she eats will make an impact on her skin and coat condition. Make sure that the food you feed her has Omega 3 in it. You could also try going to the vitamin section of any local store and buying some fish oil caplets and adding them to her food.
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Sounds to me like menge...my dog had that when she was a pup.....go straight to where they fix cars with an empty gallon n get straight dirty motor oil...rub it on the dog for 2 days straight n then wash her...repeat until it goes away its the fastest n cheapest resolution

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