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We have a 1 year old Golden named Genny. She is a great dog and so beautiful but we have been dealing with an issue since we got her. She has awful itchy, flaky skin. It is really bad. If we don't vacuum every other day it looks like it snowed in our house. Lately it has gotten worse. We have tried everything. We give her oil pills from the vet, she has been tested for mites, we have switched her food and we are currently using Eagle Pack lamb and rice. Nothing seems to be working and I feel really bad for her. We give her benadryll which seems to help with her itching but we need to fix this. The vet did a thyroid test and everything seemed to check out. We are about to switch her over to adult food so maybe that switch will help. Has anyone had a similar issue? How did you fix it? We live on Long Island, NY does anyone have a vet which they can reccommend who is experienced with skin issues like ours? Thank you very much

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The Micro-tek shampoo is a really excellent shampoo for dry itchy skin. It's made by EQyss.
It sounds like very severe allergies. My friend's golden wears a cone 24/7 due to constant itching/scratching. I'm glad your baby is not itching constantly!
 

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Hi Matt!

I've had some big challenges with my Murphy with his itching and coat. He is my sensitive guy!! I worked with my vet and we did food trials, thyroid test, flea prevention and even different types of shampoos to find the one that works best for him. For right now, we have the right combo of and he is under control.

We suspect that he has some food allergies along with seasonal allergies that were especially bad this year. It has been a long road of trial and error to see how we could help him. His coat is looking nice again and the itching is definitely better.

For him, I'm using Hydroxyzine, which is an antihistamine(Benadryl stopped working for him) along with a limited ingredient prescription diet. I give him a bath every two weeks or so with Relief Shampoo. I like to leave it on him for 5-10 minutes before I rinse with lukewarm water. It seems to be more soothing to him. The food switch and shampoo has made the biggest difference for him.

For flea treatment, I'm getting ready to try the new Comfortis to see if that helps because the Frontline seems to even bother him after I apply it.

Hope that helps!! Good luck to you and Genny :)
 

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You could try an oatmeal shampoo. It has helped mine before, but the problem was not as bad as you describe.

Is there a doggy dermatologist in your area? A specialist should be able to help more than your regular vet in this case.

I hope Genny gets better. Poor little girl.
 

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If you look on Yelp.com and plug in animal dermatology, only 1 comes up in the NY area. Its in Manhattan. How far on Long Island are you? might be worth the trip. she got 3 wonderful reviews. Might be worth a try. Sounds like your dog may have food allergies.

On another note, where in LI are you. We are in Queens, NY. Not too far I suppose.
 

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I'm out in suffolk county. Not too easy to bring her all the way into Manhattan. I was looking for a food with different ingredients. Any experience with the Eagle Pack fish formula? I've heard mixed reviews. It seems like it might make sense since we would be switching proteins plus fish oil is good for the coat and skin.
 

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I'm out in suffolk county. Not too easy to bring her all the way into Manhattan. I was looking for a food with different ingredients. Any experience with the Eagle Pack fish formula? I've heard mixed reviews. It seems like it might make sense since we would be switching proteins plus fish oil is good for the coat and skin.
What foods have you tried? The California Natural line has had good success for dogs with food allergies here on the forum. It is a limited ingredient food made for dogs with allergies.

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My younger golden had same problem when she was young. Now she is two. when i took her to vet, Vet told me that she has allergies from flea bites. So I gave her comfortis every month during summer months and it went away first month.I also use Oatmeal shampoo as well.
 

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Thank you everyone. I am looking into the options you have given me. Please keep the suggestions coming. I'm going to go to the pet supplies store and do some label reading tomorrow.

I would like to hear from as many people as possible. Since we have been dealing with this for almost a year we have learned that each situation is very unique and the more stories and solutions we hear the better the chance we will find something. I'll keep you posted.
 

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I'm trying out Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Venison and Sweet Potato diet. It has limited ingredients. I went look for a fish based diet but decided to give this a try. Anyone have any experience with it? She is so flaky and itchy it is breaking my heart.
 
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