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Bully Skin Problems

Discussion in 'American Bully' started by bluestark, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. bluestark

    bluestark American Bully Moderator

    I was wondering if anyone has to get their bullies Steroid shots or pills every three to four weeks. Dozer is starting to break out real bad, and they said he will probably have to have steroid shots for a couple months and then pills for the rest of his life.
    Dummies checked him for mange, when I told then he didn't have it, then I told them it was allergies, and they finally came back and said allergies. The steroid shot cleared it up nicely, was just wondering if any side effects came into play when doing steroid shots and pills for the rest of his life?
     
  2. DoomsDayPits

    DoomsDayPits Little Dog

    my bully whon zhe has skin problems during the summer usually but i just give him benadryl(sp) for it and it usually clears it up. He is allergic to fresh cut grass lol
     
  3. Madeleinemom

    Madeleinemom MS Bites, My Dog Didn't Staff Member

    I hope our vet professionals will chime in, but - to the best of my knowledge - lifelong steroid therapy is not sustainable, as there are side effects that can outweigh the benefit ...
     
  4. bluestark

    bluestark American Bully Moderator

    Benedryl doesn't work. Oatmeal baths don't work. I think I have tried just about everything. I know that steroid shot cleared it up in less than a week, and it was great not having him scratching. He made some pretty rough sores to my eyes while I was trying to figure it out myself. I just don't want any major side effects to lifelong meds.
     
  5. DoomsDayPits

    DoomsDayPits Little Dog

    my mom had a rott with horrible skin, she took him to the vet once a yr for the shot, he lived to be 12. Only issue was in made him a lil more aggressive, but then again it could have been him getting older then what the vet thought lol

    Just told the ol man what i was typing about and i dunno how open minded u are but try a raw diet, it helps a lot, no wheat or anything like that just strait meat
     
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  6. bluestark

    bluestark American Bully Moderator

    I might have to try that. Any suggestions on how to get started??
     
  7. 4PawsK9Svcs

    4PawsK9Svcs Good Dog

    Steroid use is NOT recommended long term. It is good to clear up the issue as a quick fix, but finding a proper allergy medication to control the problem long term is ideal. Allergy testing can be expensive, but it's well worth it!
    If it is ruled that the dog MUST be on corticosteriods (type used for allergies), be aware of the side-effects, which include: poor skin/coat condition, infection (especially in injections), immunosuppression, certain types of diabetes, and liver problems.
     
  8. bluestark

    bluestark American Bully Moderator

    Vet said three shots every three weeks, then pill form. I know its not great, but so far its the only thing that works.
     
  9. travgarrett

    travgarrett Puppy

    This is just a opinion but blueberry breaks out so often in hives not sure what she is allergic to but i rub a little nu-stock on the hives and seems to clear them up. I tried the benadryl and she got pretty loopy so i rub some nu-stock on them and it makes them go away could be a different situation though good luck.
     
  10. bluestark

    bluestark American Bully Moderator

    Thanks. I've tried nustock too. It just toned it down, he still scratched profusely. I hate seeing him like this. He is an inside dog for the most, only goes out about three or four times a day. Could it be worse since he is a darker blue??
     
  11. travgarrett

    travgarrett Puppy

    i have always heard blue dogs of any kind had skin problems but i dont know. I know they are miserable when they itch so hope you can find a remedy without the steroids good luck
     
  12. bluestark

    bluestark American Bully Moderator

    Well, the hubby took him in for his second steroid today, so Dozerman will feel a little better tomorrow, and it should clear up by the weekend. I really wish I knew what he was for sure allergic to. I know grass, and flowers. But HOW THE HELL do you keep a dog out of grass. Hell it is everywhere!
     
  13. DoomsDayPits

    DoomsDayPits Little Dog

    my mom would get her rotts at the beginning of summer each year. and he seemed to keep it under control until the next summer:)
     
  14. THE PIT WHISPERER

    THE PIT WHISPERER Little Dog

    I would certainly try and avoid the steroid treatment if possible. There are far too many side effects involved. Depression, weight gain, liver damage, aggression, etc. I always opt for hollistic remedies. I used to own a blue dobie that had the worst allergies. What I used to clear I up was a combo of diet change and supplements. Try noni juice on the skin and in the food. It works wondersin both dogs and humans. Also fish oil capsules, and biotin cleared up all my dogs allergies. Hope this helps yours too.
     
  15. dt20011

    dt20011 Puppy

    Esteban has super sensitive skin, he broke out soon after we moved into our home. I took him into the vet and they gave him a antiboitic shot along with antibiotic pills and a medicated shampoo. It cleared it up fine, but it flared up maybe 1.5 mo later. What I use now that works awesome is Vetericyn, it works great. I use that and also try to keep his underbelly as clean as possible. I also think in his case, it was the heat that helped cause it. Eva on the other hand...ZERO skin issues. Shes a trooper...Esteban is a sissy boy lol
     
  16. bluestark

    bluestark American Bully Moderator

    DT: Dozer used to not have skin issues, didnt start flaring up until over 2 years. So just keep a watch on Eva. She is too cute, to feel horribly itchy. LOL
     
  17. that sounds almost exactly what titan is doing. I took him to the vet and they said no mange. Sold me some 40.00 wash that didnt help. Any home remidies? Ive tried different foods:diamond,purina at one time, and totw. Still the same on all foods, so I figure its not the foods.
     
  18. CelticKarma

    CelticKarma Good Dog

    Our Vet has us use Selsum (spelling) Blue shampoo, works wonders. I do not like giving my dogs roids it is very hard on their liver....
     
  19. pampam22

    pampam22 Good Dog

    Well...I do not know how anyone feels about this treatment but our vet allergy tested Deuce and they will start him on allergy shots much like humans get who have allergies. I will give it once a week for several weeks, each week lowering the amount given. It is suppose to over ride the immune system to keep it from over reacting when it comes in contact with an allergin. I hope this is making sense...lol. There is a little higher than a 75% success and the price is pretty reasonable. It is suppose to be safer and over all better for Deuce.
     
  20. Boxxy002

    Boxxy002 Puppy

    Yes!!!! I have 2 that get very itchy, even with frontline and baths my female is the worst she scatches so bad she has lil bald spots on her head face and neck and she looks like she got into a fight, she will even loose weight so yes very itchy dogs i normaly have to put my female on the steriods from the vet to get in to stop!!!!

    ---------- Post added at 03:01 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:56 PM ----------

    Also i thin your dog and mine have the same problem, iv tryed EVERYTHING and yes the shot from the vet is all that has worked but im only having to take her for a shot or pills maybe 2 or 3 times a year so far it seams to flar up ever few mo's and she to is also an inside dog and blue!!!!
     

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