Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler Question

Why is my blue healer scratching until patches of hair and bleeding?

Why is my blue healer scratching until patches of hair and bleeding?

    In Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler - Asked by Anonymous - 6/28/2012 12:01:50 AM
take him to the vet to check for a flea allergy.
    Answered by Anonymous - 7/3/2012 1:39:49 PM

I also have a one year old blue heeler who has had the same problem with being itchy since I got him at 6 weeks old. I have taken him to the vet and found that he had a food allergy to the corn and wheat that they use as the primary ingredient in most generic dog foods. Switching him to a primarily meat/vegetable and gluten free diet helped him not be so itchy. He also has a flea allergy so the only thing a vet will tell you to do about that is don't buy cheap flea drops - go for a reliable brand, and make sure you stay on top of checking them for fleas - especially if they interact with other pets. And don't bother with flea killing shampoos or generic dog shampoo - they only dry their skin more and make the itching even worse. My vet gave me a type of shampoo that is gentle on the skin and made particularly for extremely itchy dogs.
    Answered by Anonymous - 8/13/2012 8:11:16 PM

I also feed him fish oil supplements that the vet gave me. Fish based food may also help as it is high in omega 3s that are very good for the skin and coat. My dog always fixates on his middle and lower back. And you can also give them an antihistamine just like a person to help with allergy symptoms (1 mg per lb). I would also avoid anything with harsh perfumes that may irritate the skin in things like laundry detergent or frabric freshener sprays that you may use on their or your bedding. Hope this helped!
    Answered by Anonymous - 8/13/2012 8:11:47 PM

It may be hotspots. My 11 yr old blue healer had that problem on the fronts of his paws and around the rear hip sections. he would do one at a time.we tried different medicine and once one spot was healed another would pop up. I was then told that it was due to not enough stimulation. he was plain out bored. I changed things up and implemented a treat for good things and praised him. doing more games and outside time. they need to run. the spots cleared up and he couldnt be happier.
    Answered by Anonymous - 8/13/2012 11:17:25 PM