So Kiba got a bath on Monday, and while I was spraying his chest, he started crying. I picked him up to see what was wrong and on his chest was about 4 different pretty nice cuts. I finished his bath as quickly as possible and made sure to be extra gentle around his chest. We then rushed over to a local pet supply store near me and picked up some powder antiseptic and made sure to cover all of the sores. He wasn't really happy with it, but at least it did was it was suppose to do. I told my boyfriend about it that night after he got home from work and we just kept an eye on him to make sure he left them alone. Then on Tuesday, we went to PetSmart to buy Kiba some doggie booties to keep him from scratching himself. So far he hasn't really tried to take them off and they are doing their job of keeping him from scratching, but I can't help but laugh when he walks with them on because it's just too cute! lol

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Comment by Monica, Orion, and Laika on March 2, 2011 at 4:30pm
Glad you've found something that works :) Hope the skin scrape will come back clean!

ps. you should upload some pictures of Kiba in his boots ;)
Comment by Nicole and Kiba on March 2, 2011 at 4:27pm

He has Demodex (http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_demodectic_mange.html). Sorry, I should have stated that in the blog. It makes him really itchy, bald, bright pink, and flaky. I took him to the vet back in December 2010 for a balding, crusty spot on his back. After a skin scraping, the vet said he had an over population of the mites and that it is caused by a compromised immune system. So the vet gave me Ivermectin to give to Kiba.

 

I also went online to see if there were any safe home remedies that I could try. I found a lot of people talking about vitamins and herbs to help boost the immune system, which makes sense since it's the main reason this is happening. So now he takes an antioxidant formula with minerals pill which has vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper, and manganese in it. He also takes a echinacea pill and also a daily supplement powder in his food to make sure he is getting any other vitamins and minerals he may need. Plus fish oil to help keep his skin and coat.

 

A couple of weeks ago I tried a water, peroxide, and Borax (natural detergent) mix that I found on a german shepard breeder site (Ivermectin can be deadly to that breed) and everyone said it was great for getting rid of the mites! Within 24 hours, his skin wasn't pink and flaky in the spots I tried it on and his hair started growing back in those spots! I wanted to wait to make sure everything is ok with those spots before doing it anywhere else. The only spots that are pink now are his chest, tummy, and feet...so those will get the treatment tonight and hopefully when I go back to the vet in a couple of weeks, the scraping will come back clean!!

Comment by John Wolff on March 2, 2011 at 1:21pm
What caused the cuts?
Comment by Monica, Orion, and Laika on March 2, 2011 at 11:28am
I agree with the two previous posters. Sounds like a trip to the vet is needed, if you haven't gone already. Laika would scratch herself every five seconds until I switch to corn-free food
Comment by Elizabeth, Hermione and Luna on March 2, 2011 at 11:26am
agreed.  there are lots of stories about food allergies on this website that lead our babies to scratch/lick too much.  Changing our 'Mione's food fixed it for her. 
Comment by Bev Levy on March 2, 2011 at 9:26am
I guess the big question is "why is he scratching himself so intently?" Are you taking him to the vet? Has there been some change in his environment and/or food?

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