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My 7 year old male wire-haired fox terrier has a 4 year history of increasing occurrences of scratching his chest, arm pits, groin and now front shoulders, until they bleed. Very strong, foul smell accompanies the episodes which are now almost continuous in nature. We bath him twice a week now. Nizoral shampoo helped for awhile along with a change in diet to Natural Balance Venison and sweet potato. Six weeks ago it was so bad we took him to the vet and he placed him on steroids, antiobiotics, and Hill's ZD dry food. As soon as he was weaned off the steroids he was back to square one. His activity is decreased again and he's back to taking the stairs slowly, one at a time. The cloying smell is back. I make T-shirts for him to wear so that he doesn't make himself bleed with the scratching. We are desperate for Chase to be comfortable and active again. I saw the Derm-Ionx plan and am also investigating the NZymes program. They seem similar in focus. I am seeking your advice. Thank you.

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April 25, 2010 at 10:11 AM



Dear Marcia,

 Derma-IonX would be a good product for Chase.  The homeopathic portion addresses the immediate symptoms but also stimulates deeper healing.  The IonX products are unique because the homeopathics are placed in an oligo-therapeutic mineral base that stimulates the enzymes systems in the body to begin the healing process. You can use Derma-IonX on the skin as well.  It can offer topical relief between baths.  I have used ZYMOX enzymatic shampoo for skin that is prone to infection.  Your veterinarian may be able to get this for you.  If you there are flea problems that aggravate the skin our DefendeX shampoo works very well.<br /><br />  

 There are some other things that would be helpful for you to do because this has been such an involved condition.  In addition to ZD give digestive enzymes with each meal, and probiotics such as Purina's 

Forti Flora and a fish oil supplement daily. Derma-IonX will help the body better utilize the other supplements. Together it has a synergistic effect. You will need to do some typ of fresh e of probiotic for quite a while because of the antibiotic usage. Also give sufficient amounts purified water that is free of chlorine or fluoride.

 Hope this gives you some hope.  Please let us know how you progress or if you have any further questions.<br /><br />

Best wishes,
Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
April 27, 2010 at 10:11 AM
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