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    Bichon Frise

    Does anyone own a Bichon, if so does your dog suffer with skin problems? i have a Bichon and he is 2 and he constantly scratches himself sometime untill he bleeds. Any suggestions as i have tried to change his diet and that hasnt worked completely. Any comments will be appreciated.






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    I own a bichon but she does not have skin problems. Most people talk about diet and will try wheat/gluten free foods or go to lamb and rice blends. Good luck!





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    My bichon would scratch and bite until she had bald spots. She had awful sores and scabs. We tried the raw food diet, but it did not help. We kept her on it though because it makes her coat so healthy. We decided her allergies are seasonal and environmental. Thankfully, our vet started her on ATOPICA and it has worked wonders. She will bite and scratch occassionally, but nothing like before. She looks great.





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    My Bichon Max is seven months old, and a true joy. He has scratched a little at his ears from about 5 months old, but not to the point of causing any skin conditions. I will keep an eye out and check with you all, I see a lot of helpful information should it become an issue. I have noticed that he has this little "grasping for breath" or almost an asmatic type of breathing he does. I don't see him coughing or anything and he is very healthy and playful. Just maybe the awful pollen season is getting to him. I had a friend that had an much older Bassett that did the very same thing....is the something dogs do???? He has had is shots, and just was neutered two weeks ago today. It's weird and I will continue to search and ask questions from my vets office. Funny story, the last time which was the 2nd time I had him for his grooming, the woman asked me if he ever has just flopped on his belly??? At first I was very concerned, but she assured me he didn't have a seizure, cause she has seen plenty of those...He did it twice while there. Now I watch him play, and darn it if he doesn't just flop on his belly like playing dead.....it's hilarious. I believe my 6'4" son started him on that while I was at work, and being so big he just had to flop....Love my Max he is my second child now...haha





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    CHERYLLEIGH59 - did you jsut ask youyr vet for the Atopica and they prescribed it? i have researched about Atopica and i think itw ould help my Bichon, however how does this work, do you get a monthly dose and go back to the vets every month? If you could tell me how to go about it i would be grateful. Also did your Bichon chew her feet at all aswell?





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    Neem Shampoo and oil PM me if you would like the shop were I buy it from.





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    I also own a Bichon puppy 8 mo. old who has allergies. He scratches, mostly around his face, ears and neck until he actually yelps! I have head about Atopia but found out it is $100 per month plus the office visit to get a prescription & possibly blood work. I am going to try a shampoo called Ketochlor, 8 oz for $23 from my vet. We use Calif Naturals for his diet plus fresh vegetables. We do not live around fleas or ticks, but if Frontline would help with his allergies, I would consider it too.





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    Hi Karen, My Bichon does the same if he scratches ut will be face, ears and neck. But the worse one is the biting his paws, but he will bite or scratch until he is yelping and i have to try and stop him and i know he gets frustrated aswell as he growls and barks at himself. i have tried Riley on Priton tablets which is Atopica but in human form and i think it had clamed him down but have stopped them now and he is getting worse, and it makes me think it is from gradss etc as i have just cut the grass in the garden and he was scratching for hours after. i will enquire about atopica and see how much it costs here. i will let you know if i have any luck. Please let me know if you find anything to help your Bichon.





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    Hi I'm new to the forum and our first dog , our bichon DeeDee started scratching her neck about 3 months ago. She is 6 months old and we use tearless puppy shampoo.
    For her itchiness, we decided to use a little bit of head and shoulders shampoo (yes the humans one) as a friend use it for his dog itchiness. The first time I was a little afraid but I use a little bit for around her neck and ears and it worked.

    My dog doesn't have any skin scratches so the shampoo didn't harm her, so if your dog has scratches I won't use the head and shoulder.

    Nilsa





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    I have 3 bichons and I can tell you that over-vaccinating messes with their immune systems -- rabies are required but all those other shots are harmful -- also dogs are carnivores and should be feed raw meaty bones - research over-vaccinating and feeding your dog raw meaty bones because they have the same systems as wolves -- the pets who have no knowledge of nutrition are not educated and kibble feed dogs are more prone to problems - who knows what is in those bags and how long those bags have been on the shelves -- my dogs can rip through those chicken leg quarters and it keeps their teeth clean -- kibble and can feed dogs have horrible breath and gums problems which result in liver and kidney failure and so does over-vaccinating and then you end up with skin problems -- when you give them shots it only masks the problem and does not solve the problem -- look into giving them PURE ESSENTIAL OILS or goggle natural remedies for skin problems -- most likely it is environmental or food allergies and until you pin point the problem your dogs will become sicker and sicker - the first thing to do it stop the vaccines and switch to raw and detox your dog!





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