So my poor little corgi boy had to be shaved in, completely shaved! I feel so bad for's basically just adding insult to injury. As anyone who's read my other blog posts knows, Daxter has been struggling greatly with his skin allergies for the last 3 months or so...this is the worst allergic reaction I've ever seen on him. He even got so bad, that he got skin infections. I tried everything from putting socks on his feet to switching his food, to giving him prednisone....nothing seemed to help. We had started out just shaving his worst itch areas so that I could apply topical medication, but now he's got scabs and sores and bruises all over his body from his insessant scratching. beautiful fur, hello shaved pink blob. His coat was actually pretty healthy, it's his skin that is unhealthy.....i have to bathe him every couple days and apply medicated rinse all over his poor boy...he knows he looks ridiculous...and the worst part is, i don't really want to take him to work with me until his hair grows back...i work at a doggie daycare, and he likes to greet customers at the front door of the lobby, but I don't really want to explain over and over again to my clients why my dog, who should never, ever be shaved, now looks like a little pink piggy......I guess the good thing about the whole situatuion is that I can now see very clearly where his worst areas are, and I can take care of his skin before it becomes inflamed and infected....i just wish my vet could've come up with another solution....yes i've got him on high quality foods (Acana Pacifica and Primal Raw), and on several herbal and omega supplements (this dog eats better than I do), but nothing seems to make a difference (however, i can't even imagine what he would look/feel like if i had him on a grocery store brand!!!). I think all i can do right now is keep up with the topical medications, and make sure his skin stays clean and try to keep him from scratching.....i can't wait until his hair grows back, hopefully he won't look too patchy.....poor little guy....The pic I attatched is when we had just his worst itchy spots shaved, you can see how red his chest is and the skin on his sides have turned a dark gray and gotten hard from continuous scratching.....he is now completely shaved....

Views: 1743


You need to be a member of to add comments!


Comment by Ronda and Barney <3 on September 10, 2010 at 2:54pm
Our corgi is going thru the same situation, I had to shave him down as well, even tho they look like bitty piggy's they have to feel so much better letting thier skin 'air out'. Our ver perscribed Methapretizon and Simplif, and seems to work wonders. Barney is starting to grow back the black around his eyes finally. So sad to see these guys go thru this.
Comment by Samantha, Daxter and Seeka! on September 8, 2010 at 1:14pm
I'm using 'Happy Tails' Comfy Dog Oatmeal Shampoo and Fur Butter Conditioner...but when he was at his worst I had to bathe him with antibacterial soap, like Dial, and then put on his medicated rinse. He seems to be feeling better today, but i think it's because i gave him a prednisone last night....i hate giving that to him....yea the benadryl just knocks him out for a couple hours, i guess during that time he's not itchy, but i hate when he's all drowsy, he's not himself on benadryl. I think I'm going to try switching his food again, I want to try Nature's Variety Instinct Rabbit kibble and the Primal raw Rabbit formula, to see if the new protein will help at all....we'll see.
Comment by Rachel on September 8, 2010 at 11:45am
What kind of shampoo are you using on him? Poor little guy. :-( A friend of mine told me once her dog (not a corgi) had terrible itching problems for years and then one day one of her nieces or nephews washed him with baby shampoo and the dog was cured. Izzie had a bad rash all over her paws last year and would scratch and bite at them until they bled. I was told by a vet that Benadryl doesn't work for dogs and just puts them to sleep. I had to put her on a heavy duty steroid to calm the pain/itchiness down for her and during that time (a few weeks) I switched her to Wellness so I'm thinking it was an allergy to wheat or corn or something! Cleared up within a few weeks and she's never been better! Good luck!
Comment by LISA & JP on September 7, 2010 at 2:12pm
AWWW POOR GUY!! Our Terrier mix gets exactley like this to. She has to have Canadae ALS regular flavor. Any other kind and she is like this in about 3 days. We have found bathing her in Baby Shampoo helps a lot. It is Ph balanced for skin and she stops itching, biting and scratching. Remember when they have dry irritated skin, bathing with medicated and non PH balanced soap will just dry them out more. She is at the groomers today and I will have to rewash her with baby shampoo or she will flare up. I keep forgetting to take the baby shampoo to the groomers. Our 15 week Corgi is perfectly fine, so far! Good luck and hope he feels better!!:)
Comment by Samantha, Daxter and Seeka! on September 6, 2010 at 10:32pm
Definitely keep me updated on how those products work for you guys! I may have to give them a try.
Comment by Samantha, Daxter and Seeka! on September 6, 2010 at 10:30pm

Comment by Samantha, Daxter and Seeka! on September 6, 2010 at 10:00pm
yea i've tried benedryl, and all it seems to do is knock him out for a few here's a pic of Daxter I took a few minutes ago......he's so pink/red, the pic almost looks like he has no fur whatsoever, but it's sorta like a buzz cut....

Comment by Steve on September 6, 2010 at 9:47pm
So sorry Daxter got shaved but I hope the direct application of topical creams work. I can't believe how bad the allergy has been this year.
What kind of topical creams are you using? I read good reviews of Zymox Enzymatic Rinse and Zymox Topical Cream so I purchased those to see if it will help Steve with this paws. I also purchased things you and others suggested on my blog about Steve's itchies so I'm hopefully something will work.
Good luck!!
Comment by Donna and Lilly on September 6, 2010 at 9:22pm
Ok...this is gonna sound a little stupid, but have you given him a benadryl? my corgi isnt allergic to anything as of yet, but my min pin is allergic to grass. yup grass. winter is okay, he chews his paws and belly all summer long. My moms dog was down from Chicago and was doing the same thing. A benadryl worked like a charm for him. I have always heard that cod liver oil is good for skin, and aveeno oatmeal baths are sposed to be good for the itchy skin too.
I know you had to have had tons of advice from all sorts of people, and I know something has to work!
Good Luck!
Comment by Samantha, Daxter and Seeka! on September 6, 2010 at 8:42pm
thank you so much for the advise everyone! i'll have to try those creams!

Rescue Store

Stay Connected


FDA Recall

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Recall

We support...



© 2024   Created by Sam Tsang.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report a boo boo  |  Terms of Service