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Old 05-22-2007, 12:39 AM
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I have to agree with the others that it is likely that a food change is in order. Another brand would be Royal Canin, they have breed specific formulas. However, there can be many underlying causes for a skin problem and secondary infection is a risk with any hair loss and inflamation. Consider contact allergies such as carpet cleaners/powder, or the like.

Frankly though, Veterinary care is in order. I understand the expense, but skin issues can get out of control fast.
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Old 05-22-2007, 01:04 AM
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Yeah, I agree, food change. Do you have Costco membership? Their food, Kirklands, has good ingredients (real chicken as the first ingredient, no grains, etc) and is even cheaper than grocery store dog foods. Not the BEST food, but a good one, especially if you're on a budget. And then you can use the money you save to save up for vet visit.
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Old 05-22-2007, 01:49 AM
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Your chi looks to have pyoderma which is a skin infection. It usually comes on secondary to allergy which can be caused by food. I would recommend you seriously consider a healthy diet change for your chi. The healthiest dog foods are usually found at small, idependently owned pet shops...NOT the grocery store or major pet supply stores. Some brands to look into are:

www.eaglepack.com
www.naturapet.com
www.timberwolforganics.com
www.championpetfoods.com
www.naturesvariety.com
www.canidae.com

All of these sites will have a store locater tool where you can find the food near you.

Next, I would recommend you bathe your chi with an antibacterial shampoo at least twice a week. It is vital that the lather have contact with your chi's skin for AT LEAST 15 minutes before rinsing.

Good Luck and remember, change is not over night! Improvement usually takes 6-8 weeks if it is a food related issue.

I forgot to add that flea allergy can also cause the reddness and hair loss your dog has. Does your chi have fleas?
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Old 05-22-2007, 08:36 AM
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unfortunately, he does a few fleas. We had some neighbors move in with outside dogs and it seemed like once they did, my poor pups got them. Can anyone suggest something good for use with Chihuahuas? What is a good "flea control" for the yard? Thanks!
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Old 05-22-2007, 11:59 AM
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I would HIGHLY recommend you purchase a pack of the regular Advantage which is very safe. Treat all your dogs ASAP!! You chi could very well have a very serious flea allergy. Also, fleas on chis can be extra dangerous because of their small body. The fleas can cause a chi to become anemic quickly. It is also important to treat the environment, but I would start with flea control on your dogs right away. As long as your dog has Advantage on, he won't have fleas or be bitten by them. Whatever you do, DON'T buy flea control from the grocery store or pet store etc. Get something safe that the vet can recommend. Advantage you can buy online and in some pet stores.

I would switch the food too!
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Old 05-22-2007, 04:41 PM
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It could be demodectic mange, in which case this can be genetic (as in the parents of this pup shouldn't be bred again, nor should he) or it could clear up on its own. A red, scaly rash is characteristic of demodectic mange. You have to have a skin scraping done by a vet to determine if it is demodectic mange though.
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