I've been battling a chronic scratching/dry skin/hair loss/hot spot problem in my 1yr old chocolate lab now for a few months and things aint getting any better!
He can't seem to let himself alone and now you can just pull his hair out with ease! It seems as though is coat is getting thinner every other day and our floor is COVERED in hair!
He came back neg. for mange. I was told by one vet that he was/is allergic to fleas and they gave him a steroid shot, flea killer, some ear cleaner and Pretnisone pills and he's STILL scratching and losing more hair! I refuse to give him more steroids as it makes him look sick and act like a zombie. I was also sold some medicated wach and conditioner which doesn't really do much for him after about a day or two. Another vet tried different flea killer and it still hasn't done much - I never really saw a lot of fleas on him in the first place. I've given him fish oil pills, tried every food under the sun it seems and to no real avail. I returned to my "old-school" country vet, ((he's about 80-some and a hoot!), he's into holistic cures. He says he's seeing more and more of this scratching in dogs every day and blames it on the barrium they supposedly spray by airplane to create rain?? Man, I'm at a loss and my poor dog's coat looks like something off a dead dog! He started all this stuff about 3 months ago and it keeps getting worse. (He had a BEAUTIFUL coat before this and now it's dull, dry as hell, flaky and he's covered in bare spots!) Pleeeeeeeease help!