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About a week and a half ago I basically saved a Newfoundland mastiff from a bad home. He is a wonderful dog and has become a big part of our family in a short time. I'm concerned because we cannot get him to quit biting at himself and his hair is basically gone from his hind area and legs and around his groin. I was hoping you could give me some idea of what to do to get him to quit biting himself and get his hair to grow back. We have been giving him Fish oil 1000mg once a day and he has already put more weight on since being with us. I'm just really concerned and he is miserable. What to do??

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October 19, 2014 at 9:24 AM



Dear Lorinda,

You might want to look at some of our products to help the skin. DERMA-IONX which is an oral homeopathic product stimulates the enzyme systems in the body which reduces itching and inflammation, promotes healing of the skin and helps with assimilation of nutritional components in diet and supplements. The supplements I use along with it include PROBIOTICS and OMEGA 3,6,9. Together with DERMA-IONX it produces a synergistic effect. I would also suggest that you give your dog only filtered water for drinking and bathing if your water contains chlorine or fluoride. As for diet, if your new dog is not allergic to these protein sources you might try a fish or turkey based grain free food since these are considered cooling according to Chinese food therapy. You would want to avoid chicken or lamb which are warming for the skin if it is already too warm. Beef is neutral. Avoid treats that have artificial colorings.

I would also use a flea comb. If you find a flea or any flea debris then I would bathe him with DEFENDEX shampoo. One flea bite can start the symptoms you describe. Please feel free to contact us again if you have any other questions or to let us know how you are doing.

Best wishes,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
October 20, 2014 at 8:22 AM
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