Scratching..

by Margo
(Lyme, CT, USA)

Mr Beauregarde

Mr Beauregarde

My new boy scratches his neck area a lot & the vet said he doesn't have fleas & is just adjusting to his collar. Well, he continues to scratch even when he's not wearing his collar so what else can be the problem?

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Sep 09, 2013
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by: Morticia93

My puppy has the same problem. We went to the vet and he didnt find any fleas. He said that the problem is in the mites that are all over our house like everywhere. So there is no cure for that, unless he makes wounds when he is scratching.

Aug 29, 2013
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Beau's progress NEW
by: Margo

Thank you, everyone, for all of your thoughtful & helpful comments. Beau's been a member of the household for a week and a half now and he seems to be scratching less. I started him on soft food (Merrick allergy free) and I' m trying to find a round leather collar for him. We'll hold off on the meds for now but appreciate the suggestion should the problem worsen. He does roll around in some nasty crap outside so we're working on making a cleaner, nicer outdoor space of his very own. I think I'll try a dishpan with warm water to soak his tootsies in when it's time to come in & I'll work on teaching towel commands. Right now, I'm up to my ears with potty training so I'll be searching for all of your great tips on this site.. Thank you all! What a fabulous club to belong to.. :-)

Aug 27, 2013
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by: sherry cotton candie

Just wondering how Mr. Beau is doing by now? We just returned last week from a two week trip and while we were gone I kept the girls collar and id tags on them, they scratched off and on all the time we were gone. They do not wear them when we are at home and did not like them. Upon returning I took them off but they still scratched into the next afternoon until I had time to bathe and brush them. The scratching stopped and has not started again. They just do not like wearing them.

Does he wear his collar all the time? Perhaps he just needed to get used to it. There are alot of good grain free dog foods out there if you think it could be an allergy. I buy Blue freedom for when they decide to graze on it. They do not like any dog foods but will nibble on it at times.

I have noticed some collars can be stiff or have sharp edges or stitching--have you checked for this??

Hope you find a solution for Mr. Beauregard. Love his name and good luck to you.

Aug 26, 2013
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by: Vicky & Jonah

Jonah scratches certain times of the yr more. U can give them baby benedryl which is safe for dogs & go to the web for mg per body weight. I use Walmart brand their little pink which I cut in half. Now he may take it 2-3 times a yr. A little will really last for days.

One thing though before medicine since puppy fur mats every second. LOL keep him combed from mats. Alot of time a jagger or dead pc of grass that jags them get caught in the mats espectionaly under a collar. I use the round leather mat free collar on Jonah since a flat one was just was ridiculous.

If reg. combing of mats does not help then u can move onto food or certain treats. Alot of puppies just as in kids will out grow food allergy. b 4 a big investment into diff foods thou start w/the easy such as use baby shampoos, sprays & again ck things their fur picks up in the yd, Good luck.

Aug 25, 2013
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by: Iris

My dog also scratches now and then. His weight fluctuate a bit and I need to check the tightness of his collar to make sure it's not pulling his hair or chocking him. There should be enough room and space for you to easily slide two fingers under the collar. Sometimes, either his hair is growing and filling the space, or he's gained a pound or two so I have to adjust his collar. Tuffy has a morning routine, he taps me on the arm to wake up and bows his head for me to do my part. I scratch his head and rub around his ears and scratch all around his ears, then massage his head, neck, and shoulders, and the do a feel inspection all over for matting. It seems his hair mats more right after I comb and brush him. Especially in his armpits and behind his ears where he likes to scratch. My dog is on a monthly flea/tick preventive application so he does not have a flea infestation. Every time we go out, especially after he walks on the grass, we also have an incoming routine. He know the command "on the towel" that is inside the house in front of the door. We don't want any cooties hitch hiking on Tuffy no random fleas or ticks, especially since he sleeps in my bed. I pull the towel up over both sides of him, tell him stand, and I wipe his front paws and legs and while he's standing visually check and feel for anything on him. Then I continue drying and wiping to his rear paws and legs.No mud or water on the carpets. He gets s nice rubdown and a lot of patting and stroking and praise,Then we play and get a treat. I bet someone's thinking it would be nice to be my dog. LOL
By the way, no frequent bathing and no chemicals on him(unless he got filthy or poopy, rarely a bath with sensitive puppy shampoo. Dogs can easily get dry itchy skin.
Love,
Iris and Tuffy

Aug 25, 2013
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Nervous?
by: Emily

Our dog Casper does that too. With him though he seems to do it if he is nervous. Just an idea.

Aug 25, 2013
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Allergies?
by: Anonymous

Your baby may have allergies. Mine is allergic to grain so he is on an all protein diet plus veggies. Or maybe it's just dryness and itchiness. Be patient. What are you using as a shampoo? Could be any or all.

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How do I get my Coton de Tulear to stop itching and having hot spots.

by Lynn
(St. Louis, Missouri)

I have tried sprays, gels, ointments, prescriptions, and have even cut his hair short, but the hot spots just don't go away. He is on a salmon/sweet potato diet for food and treats. Please help him. Thanks cuz I know he is miserable.

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Jan 16, 2017
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by: Anonymous

what do I do he is 13yrs have hot spots all over and is on a limited ingredient diet sweet potato and venison add a little reg sweet potato and peas with his food

Dec 15, 2012
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Iching
by: Darin

I have a coton 5 uyears old, her iching was so severe she would drag her butt and chew on it.
My vet put her on a vegetarian diet, the only way she would eat it i add some Venison Meat.. 90 percent better and clearing up// Chicken,beef and pork is the most cause of it and cheese is very bad too..

Sep 14, 2010
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Itcy Coton
by: Gale

Hi Lynn

Unfortunately I can really relate to your frustration. Luc has had allergies since he was a little over 2 years old and we've been through every kind of treatment you can imagine. You can read my story and some solutions for dog skin allergies here.

Do you know the cause of your dog's itching and scratching? Is it all the time or just certain times of the year? I assume you've gone to the Vet to find out whether he's got food allergies or environmental allergies.

Dog food allergies are much easier to treat since the problem goes away once you find the food culprit causing the allergy.

Luc has environmental allergies so it's impossible to eliminate the cause. He just recently had a pretty severe flare-up (must be allergy season here in Florida) and he's doing well with Prednisolone (an anti-inflammatory drug) and weekly baths.

Even though he doesn't have food allergies we've also just started a new food that's supposed to be good for his skin and coat - Nutro Natural Choice for Sensitive Skin. Between the drugs and the baths he's had significant relief. It's too soon to tell with the new food.

If your dog is scratching enough to cause hot spots maybe you should put him in a head cone. Hot spots can become infected and cause even more problems. There's a natural remedy you can try on this page about hot spots.

I haven't tried it so you'll have to let us know if it helps.

I would definitely work with your Vet to find the best solution. Luc has been to a canine allergist and we've switched Vets twice to find someone who could help. I refused to believe there wasn't help for my little guy so I kept looking until I found someone who gave us hope and results.

Good luck - maybe we'll get some more suggestions from other itchy dog owners.



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Brown Spots Getting Darker

by Kaley

Hi! I have a 1.5 y/o Coton. When he was about 6-8 months old, I noticed faint brown spots on his belly. However, as he has gotten older, the spots have become much darker and are now all over his skin under his fur (not just on his belly). Is this normal? I know a lot of dogs get the spots on their tummies, but what about all over their bodies?

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May 20, 2016
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by: Gale

Beverly, you can check out Luc's experince with skin allergies at http://www.coton-de-tulear-care.com/dog-skin-allergies.html

We're trying a homeopathic treatment plan now and so far so good...

May 20, 2016
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by: Beverly

I have a coton,her name is Josie and she was a rescue from a puppy mill. I adopted her when she wasn't quite 2 yrs old and she is 5 now. She was a mess, but long story short, she is the sweetest, smartest baby I have ever had!! She has problems with clammy skin, black heads on her belly and will get yeast infection on her belly and private area. She had it so bad, I have doctored her for it since day one. I bath her twice weekly in special shampoo. When it really gets bad, she will get pustules, like an acne, that's when an oral antibiotic and oral anti fungal has to be given. She is allergic to grass and pollens!! The last time she had yeast problems, her saliva turned her fur brown, cause she licks a lot. Her nail beds get infested with yeast, her eyes, her mouth ,belly and private parts. She is all better now, but the allergies are on going and 24/7. It's a blessing she found me. I'm a nurse and take care of her everyday of her life. She is my sweetheart. Did I mention that she is beautifully marked,buff and butterscotch. I just wondered if anybody else has a coton with such skin and allergy problems.? Thanks.

Jun 04, 2015
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by: Kaley

Thanks everyone for the advice! Bentley actually had a vet appointment last weekend and the vet said the spots were normal.. completely flat and not raised or bumpy at all.

Thanks again!

May 28, 2015
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cow spots :) NEW
by: Anonymous

Our coton had spots too, I forget where. I lovingly called them "cow spots" because cows have brown spots too and cows are so sweet :) I just see them as part of a coton. Our coton had to be euthanized last month but he lived 15 years and 28 days and the cow spots were never a problem.

But you can always ask your vet. Even so, I like to think for myself because the vets do not always have all the answers either, even tough they try. Not many vets are familiar with the coton. I like this website because other coton owners can share their experiences and we all have or have had a coton.

Love your little coton as much as you can. The years go by fast when you love a coton or any dog for that matter. Now we have no coton anymore and I miss him very much. He was such a good friend.

May 28, 2015
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by: Candilea

Mine has them too on and near his private area. I forgot to ask the vet about them last time, but he (the vet) didn't seem concerned.

May 28, 2015
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by: sherry cotton candie

Hi Kaley,

Mine have them only on their tummy around their private area. Are they raised up and worty looking or just smooth looking spots?

I think I would just call the vet and ask. Do they seem itchy or does dog lick at them? sorry do not know more but I would call and find out.

Good Luck

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Does my scratching dog have allergies?

My dog seems to scratch behind his ears alot and rolls around on the floor rubbing his face into the carpet. The vet said a while ago he may have allergies and to give him childrens benadryl. I gave it to him a few times but did not like the idea of giving him meds when I wasn't convinced it helped him. Are these normal behaviours or should I be treating him for allergies? Does anyone else have these concerns?

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Apr 20, 2011
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ear itch + heavily breathing attack
by: steph

My little duchess also has a similar problem. She scratches and scratches her ears, I told the vet about it and she said something about the hair in her ear might make her itch her. So I plucked her hair with tweezers out. (She actually didn’t seem to dislike it ) but she still itches.

Another thing that duchess does that I would love if you guys told me if your coton does, is mostly after drinking water (sometimes just hanging out ) she has like a little weird cough/choking/ sounds like if she was congested attack. Where she is breathing heavily trying to catch her breath but it really just weird. (hard to describe, kind of like if you had a cold and were only trying to breath down your nose, but she is breathing with all her might ) Well I asked the vet about it and she said its allergies. And that if she starts to do it more than once a day to tell her about it. Each episode lasts about a few seconds. I always get scared because it sounds like she is drowning. She does it also when we are sleeping I hear her, get up make sure she is okay and go back to sleep.


Apr 18, 2011
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Allergies
by: Gale

Unfortunately, this is a problem I wish I didn't know so much about. Luc has allergies and it's been quite an adventure trying to find solutions. What works for one dog may not work for others so you have to do some experimenting.

Try to find out if your dog has fool allergies. first, because that is definitely the easiest to treat (once you figure out which food is causing it).

You can read about our story and what you can do
here.

Apr 18, 2011
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dog scratching
by: kathy

MY TRISCUIT RUBS HER HEAD AND EARS ON THE RUG..ONE SIDE, THEN THE OTHER... THE VET CHECKED HER AND SHE IS OK.....SHE HAS DONE THAT SINCE I GOT HER. SHE ALSO CRAWLS ON HER BELLY WHICH IS REALLY CUTE........

Apr 18, 2011
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allergies
by: Melanie

It can be allergies............could also be food allergies. Benadril will not hurt him.

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Allergies or yeast infection?

by Justin
(Brampton, on, canada)

My 2 year old coton keeps licking his paws. It started about a month and a half ago. They are now very pink. He seems to be scratching a lot but there are no fleas or anything we can see that's causing it. Recently he started giving off this bad cheesy odor. He has been eating a grain free beef kibble from Fromm. We usually change the type of food every so often but its always the Fromm brand.

I've never noticed any issues until recently. Any suggestions would be helpful.

Thanks,

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Dec 23, 2013
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by: Anonymous

All I know is that our coton has a lot of food allergies. One of his allergies is celiac disease and he also is allergic to other foods as well. He has been doing absolutely fabulous on our totally homemade, gluten free hypoallergenic diet. I have been feeding it to him for 5 1/2 years now. Please see my post on the topic that is listed "My Coton is Vomiting Every Morning." I responded to this person in case it would help her dog. My posts are dated 11/30 for the homemade diet and 12/1 to clarify how he gets his fiber.

I can't recommend it enough. He almost died until we discovered what the problem was. Even the vet did not know and misdiagnosed him. If we had listened to the vet's incorrect diagnosis, he would have died because he was very sick. I am so thankful that he is still around to this day. He is 13 1/2 now. His coat is beautiful, he has no more problems with vomiting and he does not itch. His skin is beautiful. He does have mitral valve (heart disease) but he got that at 12 years old and I think that is likely age related and possibly genetic. But ever since we started feeding him the homemade gluten free diet at age 8 he has never been healthier.


Best wishes, I hope it helps.

Oct 27, 2013
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by: Vicky & Jonah

The odor is a sign of trouble & u need to c if u can locate the smell. Ears could b a source but u need to get to a vet since its a sign of something wrong.

Oct 27, 2013
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by: Iris

In our neighborhood some of the neighbors, as well as the city, have the lawns sprayed with chemicals that are very dangerous, and the dog should not even walk on grass that's be treated like that. Supposedly, ther's a certain amount of time that passes when it is again safe to walk on. I don't know. Only problem, the little red flag the spray guy uses to post on the edge of the lawn, usually is at the opposite edge of the lawn, and I don't know what day and time it was,a flag was not where my dog just jumped up from the road on their grass(no sidewalks).I jerk him by the leash away from the grass when I do spot the flag, if one is there.
I have also seen Tuffy jump all fours off the ground on certain parts of our lawn, maybe carpenter ants or just sharp grass, I don't know, but he's not that alert when it comes to the chemicals. I make it a habit to wipe his underside and all four paws as soon as we come in from a walk and also check for any hitchikers like ticks and fleas. If I know he's stepped on chemical I quickly put his paws in the sink and wash them off with soap.
A mother's job is NEVER done! Even though I'm already a grandmother! LOL
love my Tuff tuff. ps dogs also lick their paws to clean them, and as a nervous habit, boredom, whatever. A phone call to the VET about his food, allergies, and any other problem also helps.

Oct 27, 2013
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by: kATHY FROM PA

Good Morning to all... Triscuit has been scratching and licking almost constantly,, no odor ...she has been on the same diet since she was 2, she is now 4. Took her to vet and she said it is inhalant allergies, and prescribed Hydroxyine every twelve hours,,,, so far she has been on it only 2 days, and it seems like it might be taking affect. Vet said it will take time. So it is a waiting game..I hate to see her in such a state of constant itching. I though since summer was over, these allergies and such would go away.
Happy fall to all and a wonderful winter. I myself, have started my countdown til spring of 2014!!
Kathy and Triscuit

Oct 26, 2013
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by: Anne/Glenmoore

Our Coton, Molly, has allergies. She licks at her front paws. I confirmed with Vet that it was allergies. Doctor recommended a low dose of benedryl and also gave us a prescription. If you are smelling a foul odor, then there is an infection. Could be yeast or other. Should check that out with vet. Molly never had the odor.


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My experience with paw licking. NEW
by: Anonymous

Hello,

I can only speak from my recent experience with my Coton.
Bailey started biting and licking at her paws this Spring. I thought it might be related to boredom since I had started a new job and was away from her more. I gave it some time but it only got worse. She finally licked a spot so raw that it looked infected. I took her to the vet. I was told that it was caused by allergies and that Coton's can be prone to them. She told me to wipe her feet with baby wipes when I bring her in from being in the grass. Also, started her on Zyrtec. Within a week or so she was no longer licking at her paws at all. Again, this is just what has worked for us. Hope it might be helpful to you. Good luck!!

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Skin Problems

by Judy
(Ontario Canada)

I just got my 3month old pup from the breeder 3 days ago. He is constantly itching and scratching himself. I am training him to go outside to pee. It is snowing here. Could his skin be dry and if so what can I do.
Thanks

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May 04, 2015
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by: Anonymous

when my male Coton was 6 months old, he got puppy strangles. Once a year he breaks out with blisters on his mouth, muzzle, anus, prelucr, and belly. Been seeing the vet regularly and specialists. No diagnosis except suspected environmental allergy. He's miserable when he breaks out. Treated with steroids, antibiotics, antihistamine, pain meds, and nausea meds. So frustrating watching him in pain.

Jul 23, 2014
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try baby shampoo NEW
by: Anonymous

our Coton had a dry/itchy spot on his lower back. We started using baby shampoo for baths and haven't had ANY skin issues at all since!

Apr 23, 2014
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by: Boog

Our vet told us to put a tsp. of cod over oil on his food at night to help add oil to his diet. He is much better. He said cottons are more likely to have skin problems and allergies.

Feb 19, 2014
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Skin itching; puppy dermatitis NEW
by: Marny

Our dog when she was around 3 months to 6 months was constantly itching as well. Our vet prescribed an antibiotic cream for her under belly. I believe she just grew out of it; not itching quite as much anymore. We used the antibiotic cream for around 10 days. Also, use a high end puppy shampoo~ ask your groomer for the #1 brand. That also helps!

Jan 06, 2014
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by: Sharon

My pooch was scratching a lot when I first got her 4 months ago. I have her on a glutton free diet. Also I bathe her once a week with a good quality dog shampoo and conditioner. No more scratching. But dogs do scratch. It is cold here also. Actually have about a foot and a half of snow. Always check the ingredients in her food and treats. Try eliminating wheat and see what happens. Good luck!

Jan 05, 2014
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by: Anonymous

Mine is allergic to poultry - chicken is the worst -and her food from the breeder was chicken based. She also has aSkin very sensitive stomach. We settled on Fromm Shredded Pork - canned. Not cheap but worth it. No more itching. I really believe in high quality dog food - you will save in vet bills in the future and your baby will avoid needless suffering.

Jan 05, 2014
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Salmon oil NEW
by: Anonymous

Our groomer suggested salmon oil for our corona dry skin.

Jan 05, 2014
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itching/scratching NEW
by: Anonymous

That happened with our Coton. Once we gave him a bath, he stopped itching/scratching.

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skin infection

My poor 9 year old Coton, Sophia, has a sever skin infection under her skin. The vet whom is quite well know through out the USA is currently trying to diagnose it and has done blood and skin testing. Can not diagnose it completely nor what caused it.

She has scores all over her body and it is literally eating her skin. It has now started to attack her muscles.
She has beautiful hair and gets groomed every 2 weeks with brushing in between and is never matted. Her diet has been consistent for the last 3 years.

She recently stayed with my daughter who had cats so not sure it that contributed since it all started after that stay.
We also live in Las Vegas so she may have been bit by something but Vet can not confirm that either.
The Vet has asked to shave her so he can see her entire body since it is getting worse.

Sophia has been on an IV drip of medication and antibiotics for 2 weeks now while they try to get her better and diagnose her.
Her liver and pancreas levels were dangerously high when we brought her in but now the las blood test showed they are back to normal.

Has any other Coton every delt with this??????????
I am so afraid for my little 12 pound sophia

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Jul 21, 2015
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by: Anonymous

I'm no Vet but as a Coton owner I would also try a natural-path doctor or Chinese medicine doctor. Sometimes what works on human skin may work on hair dogs. Skin conditions under Coton hair may be different than under dog fur. The vet may not be familiar with "hair" dogs. It may be a mold or a parasite, both of which may be gotten with certain homopathic or chinese herbal creams.




Here is more:

http://www.coton-de-tulear-care.com/dog-skin-problems.html

Jul 20, 2015
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by: Vicky & Jonah

Linda has an excellent idea to contact them & maybe samples can be sent or even a vet school in your area to research dept. Or both. I hope all goes well for you, I am so sorry u have to go through it.

I would let him shave ur Coton ASAP, it's only hair & will grow back. Good luck

Jul 20, 2015
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by: Linda

You or your vet could try contacting the veterinarian department at the University of California at Davis. We had a dog with an unknown skin condition many years ago. The vets at the hospital, which is a teaching hospital, were truly wonderful. You might have to travel to Davis , California, but it might be worth it. This is a highly ranked veterinarian hospital that takes on rare cases of conditions with unknown origin. The treatment was free because they were studying and learning from it.

Jul 20, 2015
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Sophie's Skin Problem NEW
by: Anonymous


What a heart ache it is to watch our dearest little
furry companions suffer in silence, making us feel so helpless.
My adored Coton was only one year old,when he developed a skin condition called:
"Pemphigus".
After he was diagnosed,he was on prednisone for the rest of his life.He was 12 years old,when I had to say good bye to him...
My heart goes out to you.
I understand so well the sorrow you feel,but do not give up!
Believe in the power of Love.
With Best Wishes.
Kindest regards,
Maria

Jul 20, 2015
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by: sherry cotton candie

So sorry to hear about little Sophie's skin problems. It could be
something to do with the cats. I have never had any problems
with mine but sure hope they can get to the cause and clear it
up.

Sad to have to shave her down but hair would grow back and its best to get it cleared up asap. I know the long term antibiotics
are not good for them.

Hope she is feeling better really soon. Sorry I cannot be of help.

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Does Your Coton Have Allergies?

by BJ Morris
(Virginia)

Kooper

Kooper

My "Kooper" (3 years) seems to have developed allergies and I"m curious to find out if other Coton owners have experienced something similar with their dogs. In my research of this breed I never found any mention that they suffered from their own allergies. I have never had a dog with allergies so it is all new to me.

With Kooper, his relentless chewing on one paw prompted a vet visit Summer of 2012. Cutting away the fur his paw was found to be very infected. So sad! He also had a yeast problem. Treatment for that issue had him stop licking his paw but a couple months later he started again. Weekly bathing and topical ointments, occasionally benedryl, isn't stopping it and yesterday we were back at the vet because of ear issues (ears red, he was scratching and shaking his head)and relentless paw chewing/licking again but now both front paws. Vet strongly suspects allergy at this point. Ears had yeast which vet feels is allergy-related.

We're still in the beginning stages of figuring out what allergy we might be dealing with. Anyone experiencing something similar? Any suggestions/recommendations?

Also, does anyone have a recommendation for a dog bootie or slipper that will fit well on a Coton?

Special hello to Luc and Tuffy (who apparently had a birthday in December!). All best to everyone. *bj

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Jun 06, 2013
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by: Eloise

My Coton started showing signs of allergies at about 18 months, and after several trips to the vet and three rounds steriods and of antibiotics for secondary infections from biting and scratching, she referred us to a veterinarian dermatologist. We tried changing his food to grain-free, added fish oil and then changed to coconut oil, gave him baths weekly and so forth. The dermatologist did allergy testing and we found out he is highly allergic to cats (we have two), people dander (he lives with and loves his three humans) and dust mites. He gets allergy shots - the vet taught us to do them ourselves - and they've helped a lot. We've also used benedryl and zyrtec. What helps tremendously is putting a t-shirt on him, size 6 mos, he is about 15 lbs.

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by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

Great I will ck. at my Walgrees. Chewable sounds easier and the info is right on time since this is the time of yr. Johah itches & licks at his feet the most. I guess this is his tell since mine right now is to always have a kleenex. LOL.

Yet I know for both of us if we take our allergy meds we can enjoy our beautiful weather right now with everything flowering. Thanks again.

Apr 06, 2013
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Carol's reply to Vicki and Jonah, Ariz. NEW
by: Anonymous

Imy, our coton, weighs 9-10 lbs. She can take up to one tablet with no problem says the vet. He recommends 1/2 in the am and 1/2 in pm. She is great now not itching, scratching, etc. That Alavert is chewable and the only thing I can easily give her without a fight, It can be purchased at Walgreen's. She likes the mint flavor. The complete name: Alavert (loratadine orally disintegrating tablet, 10mg., Non drowsy allergy relief. She knows when I am giving her nedicine. Of course her food and other things I mentioned in the "post" also played a part in getting her to this point. No skin problems, etc. YEAH

Apr 02, 2013
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Coton and Allergies NEW
by: Suzan Mesquite NV

My cotton also licks her paws and feet too. She was biting and licking so bad that she gave herself an infection. She had to have surgery to drain the infection and had her paw wrapped for a week. She still licks and bites but not as bad as she did I buy her a lot of nylabone chews to keep her busy.

Apr 01, 2013
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by: Anonymous

I have a 5 yr old coton and we were experiencing similar symptoms after 3 vet visits and about $1,200 later we went to a dog dermatologist and found out our dog had scabies, which he contracted from a groomer, something to consider.

Mar 04, 2013
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Help for your Kooper NEW
by: Anonymous

You may find my homemade gluten free diet helpful for your Kooper if you decide to give it a try... you can find it under the Post called: "My Coton is Vomiting Every Morning."

Our coton has severe food allergies (life threatening food allergies). I posted three places, one under 11/30/12 which lists his totally homemade, gluten free diet, another post dated 12/1/12 with some supplemental info. and a 3rd post dated 1/20/13. I hope it helps.

Our coton has done excellently now for the five years he has been on his homemade gluten free diet. The diet has been a real miracle for him and us.

Feb 10, 2013
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Coton Allergies NEW
by: BJ (&Kooper)

It has been very helpful to hear that other Cotons have allergy issues like my Kooper. I’ve seen a lot of good advice here and printed out everyone’s comments. Thank you everyone! I guess it is what it is…I need to wrap my brain around this and learn preventative methods and how to identify symptoms and take care of flare-ups.

The vet’s opinion at the recent visit is that Kooper is more than likely experiencing environmental allergies and not food allergies and that preventative care and being proactive could work out fine for him for now (she would recommend allergy testing only if the allergies seem to get beyond our control). His check-up the other day showed ears and paws all fine. I am armed now with cortisone spray/cream to use when he starts “itching” and the medicated shampoo and wipes. Bathing weekly recommended…but I’m more able to do it every 2 weeks. I, too, was told about the Benadryl and have used it just a couple of times. I liked Carol’s suggestion about the Alavet chewable and will ask my vet about it.

My vet also recommended getting fish oil into his diet daily. Anyone else do that? She said sometimes it will help with allergies, but even if it doesn’t, it is a very good supplement for him if he tolerates it. I started using the liquid and mixed it into his food and he seems absolutely fine with it.

I am also considering changing his diet from the Innova/California natural he's been on for 3 years, even though the vet does not feel his allergies are food related. Some of the posters gave good suggestions I will look into. I think I might like a different diet after 3 years!

Feb 10, 2013
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Carol NEW
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

Carol how much does ur Coton weigh? Or did ur vet give u so many milligrams per #? I am inquiring on the post of (1/2 chewable tablet of "people allergy meds" called Alavert.)

I would like to ck. it out. Is it over the counter? When Jonah goes through allergy season I usually use kids benedryl if needed but a chewable would be great to try.

Feb 09, 2013
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Blue Buffalo and Stella and Chewey's NEW
by: Carol

My 6 yr. old coton has suffered with allergies almost from birth. After many experiments I fully recommended Blue Buffalo and Stella and Cheweys. Careful with treats. She gets nothing edible from China..ever and I read the ingredients of all treats, etc. No beets or staining fruit or vegetables and careful with the grains. Her eyes are clear, the biting/itching stopped and we keep her on 1/2 chewable tablet of "people allergy meds" called Alavert. The vet said it has the same as Claritin but she can chew it and likes it. Seldom do I use benadryl because it makes her so sleepy. Have to be careful with antihistamines because it dries the eyes out and then you have dry eyes. i only put her on this when the allergies seem to flare up. So many people compliment me on how clean her eyes are since I changed diet. Cannot begin to tell you what the last 6 yrs. were like with stained eyes, allergies, etc. But...I think we have the tiger by the tail, now. Good luck and pay attention to my experience. I took a long time getting there.

Jan 24, 2013
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Coton's with allergies....
by: Suzan Mesquite NV

My Cotton who is 3 1/2 yrs old also had the problem licking her feet and her paws and also biting where she got an infection on her front paw where she had to have surgery only because we thought she may have foxtail so she had to be put under they didn't find foxtail but it had to be drained and she had to be bandaged for about a week to make sure infection was gone. The poor little thing was walking on three legs I felt terrible but she was in agony. I also changed her food to Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diet I started feeding her chicken/sweet potato grain free small bites which also helped allergies. The vet told me to give her benadryl when she started biting or licking again I also got booties which she hated. The change of food helped and also taking her for walks helped too. She basically licked out of boredom but now she isn't as bad as she was. Good Luck

Jan 17, 2013
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Allergies?
by: Rona (and Barney)

We recently went through a similar experience with Barney. He chewed his paw until it was pretty raw. A visit to the vet showed that there wasn't any bacterial infection, bite, etc. She felt is might be an allergic reaction to the plastic in one of his toys (KONG toy) or just excessive licking from the KONG which was usually filled with peanut butter. Additionally, she suggested bathing him with only hypo-allergenic shampoos. He was given a steroid shot and course of antibiotics for 10 days. The vet shaved the area and bandaged it. We decided not to use a "collar" and wait and see if he continued to lick. Vet also suggested that we get him long-sleeve infant t-shirts. I found them at the local outlet store (6 month size - he's 15 lbs) and just cut off the snap-crotch. Worked like a charm! He also looked very cute in the shirts!
His diet has consistently been Blue Buffalo canned food with Stella & Chewy treats and Blue Buffalo kibble.
So far, so good. All is now healed. Hope your little man feels better real soon!!

Jan 17, 2013
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by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

PSS. Sorry I am not w/it this morn. U also can use epson salt wrap which mix is on the pkg. Where u can use a wet wash rag & administer by wrapping their foot for 10-15 min intervels 2-3 times a day is rid the itch. This is the easiest way I have found since its hard to soak their foot while they stand still. Also u can reuse ur mix the next day to save money. Really works good also if the have cut their foot then u can cover w/liquid bandage.

Jan 17, 2013
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by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

PS. Living in AZ. their have been times when he has chewed & I think he must of picked up the little things from a grd cactus. I will take tape & start putting the sticky side to his paw & dabbing just as us humans do when it happens to us & it has worked since they r hard to see.

Jan 17, 2013
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by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

Jonah went thru a stage of paw chewing when young & once they start it becomes a habit try once they start to get their mind off it by ball, brushing etc. Use the old adage out of sight out of mind.

Also Walmart (best price) sells a spray called PRO-PET Itch Relief (hydrocortisone spray) since their r times u just can't get them to stop or do not have the time to curb the behavior. It helps when trying to break the habit. They do not like the taste & helps w/itch.

I also started trimming approx. from knee down always ck between paws. I do not have to trim all the time xcept when our fall hits & the dried jaggers fly. We walk alot & I find if I do not ck out feet once home & wash off or comb w/flea comb for jaggers & such that get stuck in the fur the licking & chewing starts.

Now I'm not saying this is the case but something to consider. Also breads, pizza dough etc. have yeast in if u give these items which r not good for dogs.

My 1 Silky had the smelly ear all thru her life since once it starts never seems to go away which a vet can give drops for. With the flop ear if not dried when they get wet it affects all dogs.

Food can be an issue of course I have always stuck w/Purina not an endorsement but I have chg'd formulas depending when diff. choices that have come out. Blue Buffalo also gets good reviews I know it works well for Bostons who fart alot. I still give him a dollop of cottage cheese since I feed him twice a day or boiled chicken on top of his food. Spoiled yes & proud of it. LOL.

Benedryl has also been a long know drug that can be administered to dogs & u can get the dosage over the net for #'s which works well. It also is not as expensive as some dog meds. Remember thou just as people dogs build up an immunity to meds.

Just to review before drugs r given for a lifetime. Does it seem to happen more at a certain time of yr? Do u ck the feet for all the jaggers that r around? Again once they get in the habit of chewing its like biting ur nails it must be broken. U can use flex wrap bandage I buy the 4"x5yds for $2.49 & once u spray the hydrocortisone spray on cut to fit & wrap the paw to prevent chewing. This also will prevent them from slipping when they jump down & use it as a tool for out of sight out of mind. It sticks by itself & u do not have to do every day just as needed. It really is a nice thing to have around all the time for us & our pups.

Sorry this is so long I hope it helps good luck I know how frustrating it gets as the lay beside u & will not stop chewing the paw. Espectionaly when u think u have tried every thing & they still do it.


Jan 17, 2013
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Allergies
by: Angie

Yes, Sophie has terrible allergies and it has been an ongoing battle to get them under control. We also had the chewing, scratching, and secondary yeast infections. We had the allergy testing done and found out she was highly allergic to chicken, eggs, and turkey and mildly allergic to cats, dust mites, pollen, etc. We switched her to a limited ingredient diet, which cleared up her tear stains, but did not stop the scratching. Currently she is on prescription antihistimines 2x per day, she gets an allergy shot every other week, and we bathe her with Douxo Chlorhexidine PS shampoo every week. For now, the allergies are under control, but I don't know if it's our routine or just the weather. The vet says this is something we will need to deal with the rest of her life.
I recommend that you get the testing done. That way, you will know exactly what you are dealing with. The allergy shots are made to specifically target the dog's individual allergies. Good luck. This has really been a struggle for us.

Jan 17, 2013
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Allergies
by: BJ

Elizabeth. Thanks for the food suggestion. I will check into that. Kooper's diet has always been the small bites Innova dry dogfood with some California Natural wet (lamb & brown rice) added to it; this usually supplemented with either cooked chicken or green beans. Maybe he has developed allergies to his food. I think we have to begin experimenting with various things. I've heard of Blue Buffalo as being a quality dog food. I'll go check out its ingredients and consider it. Thanks again! *bj

Jan 17, 2013
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by: Debra

What food do you feed him? Per the holistic animal practitioners I know, most allergies occur due to diet. My Coton loves Stella & Chewy's patties. These are usually a single meat source (USA) with veggies and fruits all freeze-dried into a patty. No grains (Heathcliff had trouble with grains, too.) For doggie footwear, see alldogboots.com. For holistic help, see thelightfootway.com (tell them Deb and Heathcliff sent you.) Good luck!

Jan 17, 2013
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Allergies
by: Elizabeth

My Coton, Oscar, had similar issues not as bad as yours. My vet said to put him on blue buffalo food and it has helped. Apparently, foods with grains should be avoided.

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Question about dog skin condition

by Gilda
(USA)

I have a 5 yr old Coton and her name is Zoe. She has had several skin white bumps. The sometimes get large and break and have puss in them. The vet told me they are sorta like in-grown hairs. I am worried about her, because she seems to have several of them. She is such a picky eater and hates dry dog food. I am wondering if I should get her a vitamin or something to help her with her skin. I groom her almost daily and she has no mats. I cannot seem to find anything on the internet about her skin condition. If you could help me that would be great...thanks

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Nov 15, 2012
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Skin
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

So did ur vet call them Hair Pore Infections (Folliculitis) & if puss has come out it is then considered a severe case?

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Belly changing from pink to spots of darkish red. What is this?

by Katy
(Frederick,MD)

We adopted our 5 year old Coton de Tulear from another family about 1 year ago, and he is just the best thing in our lives. He is a beautiful dog who turns heads wherever we go. Just within the past month or so I've noticed that his belly, which has always been pink has been darkening. These are patches, not spots, and they almost look like bruises. He doesn't seem to feel them -- doesn't react any differently when we pet or rub his belly. What is this? Should I be concerned?

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Jun 27, 2014
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Spot Pigmentation NEW
by: Vicky & Jonah

Jonah has them also on his belly only.

Jun 15, 2014
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Belly changing
by: Anonymous

When we got JR he was pink - that's allergies according to my vet. I'd have you checked out just to make sure. JR has allergies and is on seasonal medication for them. Good Luck -

Jun 15, 2014
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Don't worry
by: Stu

Sasha (2 yrs+) has developed them, more in some seasons than others. They don't seem to be anything more than transient pigmentation deposits. Nonetheless, it's good that you monitor changes: Sasha develops knots in her paw hair that have to be removed carefully, so check here, too!

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Are increasing pigmentation spots on a Coton age 6 a concern?

by Kristi
(Springfield, MO, USA)

My neutered male coton is 6 and over the past 2 years has gradually had more and more brown spots appearing on his skin on his back. However this year, they have rapidly multiplied and now cover nearly all of his back and are more like pigment areas than spots.

They are extremely visible when his white coat is wet, but not when it's dry.

Any reason to be alarmed?

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Sep 10, 2012
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Spots
by: Eric Trout

I would recommend getting them checked by a Vet. If they are only spots, I would not be too concerned. But if they are bumps and look deformed or just do not look right, it could be more serious. Best to get a Vets professional opinion.

Sep 10, 2012
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Skin spots
by: Iris Miller

Hi, Just go take a look at Tuffy's family photos that I posted here. As a newborn he was a very colorful little guy. When he was almost a year old his hair became very matted and the groomer had to shave him down to the skin.besides that being very traumatic for both of us, it caused a major change in Tuffy's appearance, his color spots were still on the skin where his previously colored hair grew from, but after being shaved his hair grew back all white! The only visible color (when he is not wet) is a bit of grey on his ears, and a few wild black hairs in his coat. I don't know if he would have eventually matured into a white dog, had he not been shaved? His father was all white, his mother (whose photo I posted, was shaved prior to giving birth) shows some light color and spots on her skin but mostly white.
I would definitely take my dog to a vet for a skin cancer check if you are concerned about more spots appearing that were not there. I think a Coton's skin can be sensitive to the sun, and sunburn..

Sep 10, 2012
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Pigmentation increases
by: Moonpie

Bill had several spots when we got him. He is and he is 17 months old now and I am noticing he is getting more. When the first one came up on the bridge of his nose it was light and I thought he had bruised himself as he had run full blast into the door!

Sep 10, 2012
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pigmentation
by: Anonymous

Our dog is 2 years old and he has had alot of spots on his skin since he was born. I would not be concerned at all. We always say he is part dalmation!

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Our Nala has recently had a skin condition

by Kim
(Santa Cruz, CA)

Our Nala has recently developed a skin condition that has turned her fur red on one leg and on her upper under arms. We gave her a bath in vinegar thinking it may be a yeast infection but it is still prevalent.

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Dec 07, 2014
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here's my suggestion
by: Anonymous

I agree, I think it is the food. Our coton has many food allergies plus he has celiac disease (gluten allergy) too. We have had to change his food over the years. He is now over 14 and 1/2. For the last 6 and 1/2 years he has been getting homemade food. Just last week he decided he did not want the brown rice anymore so we are adding whatever he will eat now that he is old and his time is short. It's working so far. We added homemade sweet potatoes, plus a small amount of dry dog food that has no grains by the company Blue Buffalo. He also gets homemade meats, lean cooked turkey with no skin, chicken with no bones and the chicken breast only, not the skin, super lean ground beef, now we added home cooked salmon.

It's working praise God but we know he only has so much time left at over 14 and /12. Best wishes to you.

Dec 03, 2014
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Look at the food
by: Anonymous

This could be caused by several things.

1. Food
2. Fleas or other parasites

Check the food out and see if it has a lot of grains. If it does, try a higher quality food with little or no grains.

Regardless of what I think it might be, take Nala to a vet to get checked out and get their feedback.

Dec 02, 2014
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by: Iris

I used to live in Santa Cruz, CA. If you take your dog on the beach he could be getting bitten by sand fleas. If he's going in the ocean the salt water can be irritating his skin and also,especially light hair and skin dogs can get sunburn. If he walks on grass there may be chemical applications like weed killer or bug poison that can cause skin irritation. If your putting a flea preventive application on your dog that may definitely cause a skin sensitivity reaction.lf it's only his hair that's turning red it can be the red coloring from beets in the dog food which leaves a stain.get a better food. First and foremost if you love your dog take him to a veterinarian for a Check up and don't second guess or try to treat with home remedies. I love my dog Tuffy. He and I have both been through hell. I didn't recognize the symptoms of his disease. I thought he was just being a male and peeing droplets as a territory thing. When I read an online newsletter article from the AKC about bladder stones and urinary problems in small dogs I took tuffy to his Vet. The xray showed 26 stones backed up in his urethra.He couldn't pee and was in pain. He had to have surgery to push the stones back up through a catheter into his bladder and I had to draw off the blood and urine through the catheter four times a day,and four days later another surgery on his bladder to go in and remove the stones. He just had stitches out a few days ago.Thanksgiving for me was thanks to God for keeping my Tuffy alive! The not good news is he's got the kind of stones that can be reoccurring. He's on a special Veterinary prescription dog food that makes him very thirsty so he will drink a lot of water and keep the urine diluted. He's not allowed any of his regular foods or treats. It's been rough going but he's recovering nicely. Love,Tuffy and mommy.

Dec 02, 2014
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do you really want to help ???
by: Anonymous

do not listen to all those comments and CHANGE HIS FOOD

Dec 02, 2014
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red fur
by: Vicky & Jonah

As Jonah got older & is getting older his hair on his feet, user front arms, inside on back legs & around his mouth has turned red or auburn color. He also has gotten more beige in his coat where when little was all white.

He turns 7, Dec 6. It gradually turned darker tan then it seemed like overnight darkened to a red tone in a way. Normally a skin condition will be on the skin.

Vinegar mix is good for ear infections & can be used in drinking water if you fear a urine infection but I would bathe the vinegar off of his skin. Give him a bath with your ref shampoo to get the vinegar off him & just for now throw some Epson salts in the water he sits in as you scrub him up.

Epsom salts will help relieve the itching from the contact of vinegar to the skin. Using E.S. anytime is fine for dogs & if the happen to drink a little will not hurt them.

Say for ex. U bathe in a tub & fill up abt 1/3 that they sit in while you r shampooing throw 1 cup in. You can use it while rinsing off shampoo from tub water. Then u can use conditioner.

I do suggest at the end of any bath for a Coton use your sprayer at end & rinse, rinse, rinse.


Dec 02, 2014
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Allergies
by: Anonymous

Sounds like some kind of allergic reaction. Your vet can help narrow down the cause and help treat the skin. Don't let it go too long or your dog van get infections.

Dec 02, 2014
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you want to help ???
by: Anonymous

ITS THE FOOD

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