I have a 6 month old pup that is constantly itching. We feed him Natural Balance dog food and I make homemade chicken giblets/livers with rice that I cook and add to his food. He is very itchy and biting at his skin. Vet suggested adult size pill of fish oil that we have been giving him for a few months now. Then we stopped the homemade chicken/rice additive and added some canned salmon hoping the extra fish would help. He is still very itching. The vet said it can take several months of making changes in food, but I was hoping there might be some sort of blood test that might reveal what the problem is since we have tried so many variations. I have read about something called "walking dandruff" in dogs in an article on line. Is there a blood test for that? The article did not refer to resource for checking this. Is there some other resource we can go to and get some more information?
We don't bath him often as he does not seem need it but do use a mild shampoo when bathing. Have had a groomer do the same using an oatmeal bath. Nothing seems to help.
Any information you can provide would be most appreciative. I was really hoping that there might be some blood test that would reveal the source. I was also wondering if there are vets that specialize in dermatology. If so, how would I search for that type of specialist?
He is on Advantax for fleas every month, and we always check his skin for parasites. Never see anything on him.
Every site I go to seems to want to sell you one of their products. I just want to find out how to get to the bottom of the issue as the puppy has been having this itching problem for at least the last 3 months.
Any information you can provide would really be appreciated.
thank you, Barb Keating
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