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I have a pitbull and he never had any itching...

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21 Aug 2021

I have a pitbull and he never had any itching problems before up until I moved to my father's and their grass in the mobile home park is just infested with fleas because all the cats that are running around the neighborhood well now my dog itches and he just cannot stop I mean it's year round now and he's got like dry skin too and he's got a terrible odor.. what can I do?
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21 Aug 2021
Mike McIntyre
Mike McIntyre
Veterinarian
Hello and welcome to Just Answer. This is Dr Mike and it will be my pleasure to assist you with your questions today. I have over 20 years of experience in small animal medicine and surgery. I am sorry to hear that you are having trouble with your little one, I can understand how stressful it is for you. I will do my utmost to assist today and to see if we will be able to resolve this quickly for you. Please be patient with me as it takes time to review and write detailed recommendations. Shortly you will receive an offer from Just Answer for a phone call, this is not directly from me and you do not have to accept it. If you prefer we can continue this whole conversation here. I will begin our discussion today with some questions to better understand your concerns.
To start with, have  there been any changes in eating, drinking, defecating or urinating most recently?
Are there any underlying medical conditions or medications that I should be aware of?
Will it be possible to send some photos of the affected area?
21 Aug 2021
Customer reply
21 Aug 2021
Know everything is about the same I don't know if anything different besides he just itches and he bites at himself all freaking day and all night
21 Aug 2021
Dog Specialist's response
21 Aug 2021
Mike McIntyre
Mike McIntyre
Veterinarian
Will it be possible to send some photos to review ? On any flea and tick medication?
21 Aug 2021
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21 Aug 2021
Mike McIntyre
Mike McIntyre
Veterinarian
If there are fleas as you mentioned on the cats then that can be one cause for the itching. I will discuss flea cycle first and then the skin.
21 Aug 2021
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21 Aug 2021
Mike McIntyre
Mike McIntyre
Veterinarian
The problem with fleas is that many times it can take Atleast 3 months of continúal flea treatment to break the cycle. Frontline Plus is a very good product . The generic version that may be cheaper will have Fipronil as the active ingredient. You can look for that. The problem is that many of the eggs and larvae can still hatch for months in the environment. They will then jump back on later. This is why the products many times do not look like they are working. However they are killing the fleas. It just takes time to break the cycle. You will need to treat all of the pets for a minimum of 3 months with not break in the cycle. No matter how hard you try to kill all the fleas in the environment. They all will not be killed. Continue trying to clean the environment this will help to reduce the flea burden. Also if they go outdoors any then monthly treatment will be needed or they likely will pick it up again.
Diphenhydramine (which is the active ingredient in Benadryl) can be dosed at 1 mg/pound body weight every 8 hours. This may help some itch and inflammation.The concern is the in the skin there can be opportunistic bacteria and yeast that can proliferate to higher levels and can potentially cause skin problems. This is seen more often when there is skin damage by way if moisture or damage. The excess moisture can allow the normal yeast and bacteria that colonize and to proliferate to higher levels, as these levels increase then more issues may arise. Topical shampoos with chlorhexidine and miconozole can assist with yeast and bacteria control. When shampooing it is best to allow for a minimum of 10 minutes of contact time with the skin before rinsing it off. This contact time is critical to provide good kill down and penetration to the area for potential organisms. These topical items like chlorhexidine and miconozole can also be sprayed on the skin. (Micochlor spray is my an example ). This can be applied to the area 2-4 times a day. They can kill the yeast and bacteria as they are applied. This can be done in conjunction and between the shampooing. The chlorhexidine can address yeast and bacteria and the miconozole will also will address yeast. There is a topical spray that has lidocaine and hydrocortisone in it. This can be sprayed onto the red and itchy skin to alleviate much of the clinical signs also. This can be done 2-4 times a day as needed also the reduce itch and inflammation. The following are some example to look for, these can be found over the counter like at pet stores, pet section in some stores or online like at Amazon . It is generally more effective when the two different types of sprays are used together as explained below.1. Micochlor no er Plus Shampoo which has chlorhexidine and miconozole in it to assist with yeast and bacteria.
2. Thomas Labs MicoChlor Plus Spray
The chlorhexidine will help to clean and disinfect and to address yeast and bacteria. The miconozole will address yeast also.
3. SynergyLabs-Veterinary-Formula-Clinical Care. Premium Itch Relief. The lidocaine and hydrocortisone will help with itch, pain and inflammation.The shampoo may not be needed to cover the whole body however focussing on the affected areas. Synergy is most important in the above discussion. The one spray with chlorhexidine can address potential bacteria and yeast and the other spray with the hydrocortisone can address the inflammation and itch. Together the two items work very well together.These items are over the counter and can be found at pet stores, the pet section like at Wal Mart or Amazon. I gave one brand example however many different brands are available. Most important is to look for the same active ingredients.
21 Aug 2021
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21 Aug 2021
Mike McIntyre
Mike McIntyre

We can keep this message open for some days also, I am here daily and am readily available for follow-up. Please keep me updated as to any changes or concerns that may arise. If you wish for my help in the future. You can ask customer service to forward your questions to me, Doctor Mike. Start the questions “For Dr Mike only and no other expert” I am here daily and will be happy to follow up. It has been a pleasure assisting you and Gotti  today. I wish Gotti  a speedy recovery and have a good day. Thank you for using Just Answer. Dr. Mike.

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