Q&A: My pug has skin problems, any remedies or help?

January 9, 2012 by  
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Question by Moo M: My pug has skin problems, any remedies or help?
my pug has quite a bad skin problem, She’s not in pain and really enjoys her life, but she’s a stinky thing because of it and malts her dry skin everywhere, it’s all over her chest and legs and no hair grows in those area’s. We’ve tried moisturizing her, bathing her in herbal baths but nothing works. The dry skin patches are spreading quite a bit but she’s still as happy as anything. The vet says its through inbreeding because most pugs are like that. Any tips or anyone else had or heard of this problem?
She’s been scraped for mange so i don’t think its that. your probably right on the vet front. I suspect it might be a yeast infection

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Answer by Rayven-Fried Sea Kittens Anyone?
http://www.pugs.org/indexhealth.htm Check out the above link. Did you vet check to see if she might have ANY of these listed problems?

Put her on a grain and filler free kibble.

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4 Responses to “Q&A: My pug has skin problems, any remedies or help?”
  1. Shivi says:

    If I were you I’d try and see a different vet for a second opinion, keep trying the herbal baths(try different brands) as well. If you can find organic/ environmentally friendly dog shampoos then I would use those as there are lots of chemicals in most dog shampoos which is why they don’t list the ingredients on most of them!

  2. Dogzzz says:

    The problem that you have that I’ve heard of is having a lousy vet. A good vet would have told you he didn’t have a clue and referred you to a veterinary dermatologist. Has she been scraped for mange? Has she had cultures run to see if there are any pathogenic bacterial or fungal organisms living on her skin? Any half-decent vet would have done these things.

    Before you find a dermatologist, you might try the obvious things. Remove all traces of corn and wheat from her diet… regular food, treats, table food… check it all. If she is in contact with things you launder… bedding (hers or yours), clothing (hers or yours), etc. … wash those things in a hypoallergenic detergent, rinse a few extra times with a cup of white vinegar in the next-to-last rinse, use no fabric softener. Quit using air fresheners, carpet fresheners, chemical cleaning agents in the house. Do not use flea/tick preparations on her. Do not use insecticides in or around your house. Ditto herbicides. There are too many chemical things that could trigger something like this to mention. If you clean up her diet and clean up her environment and she does not begin to improve, find a veterinary dermatologist.

  3. b.w. says:

    Start with a vet. Then look at her food. Our pets need quality food. Read the ingredients list and learn what the stuff on there is and what it does (or does not do) to/for our pets. A quick pet food 101. If the pet food contains corn/corn products or by products it is a poor quality food. Corn is a filler that can trigger skin problems. (allergies, skin problems, itching and excessive shedding) By products is anything from an animal not fit for human consumption, including cancerous tissue. Do not pay attention to advertising, they all say there food is great. “Vet approved” means they have a vet on staff to approve their product. In other words, someone paid to approve it. Same with foods most vets recommend. Salesmen “gift” vets then the vet recommends the food. Most vets are not nutritionists! Quality foods have meat as the first ingredient Wellness, Solid Gold, Innova and Merrick are a few of the best brands available. If you want to learn more check out: http://www.sagekeep.com/petfood.htm http://www.api4animals.org/facts?p=359& more=1 http://animalark.eapps.com/animal/PetFoods.nsf/$ $ PetFoodsByRating?OpenForm
    You can also toss her a fish oil gel cap once a day.

  4. akitagrl07 says:

    The smell and dry skin are a cause of great concern. To me, that points to something along the lines of infection, mange, hormonal imbalance or possibly even SA (sebaceous adenitis). I still think demodetic mange is the real culprit though. It is possible for the mites to be deep in the skin and not show on a scraping. In such cases several plug biopsies may be the only way to definitively determine if mites are present.

    If you are not feeding a grain-free food already, I would strongly recommend you do so. Even if she is not reacting to it now, it can only help to get rid of things that may further irritate her skin.

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