Dester the lover boy.

by Judith Ruiz
(Orlando, Florida)

I adopted a long haired JRT from the Humaine Society. It was brought to our city because of the tonadoes in Alabama.

I had him bathed at the vets office and since then his hair has thinned out so much that I can see the marbleing in his skin. Can anyone tell me why this has happened. I have had him to two different vets and to no avail do I have and answer.
Does this happen to the rought coated JRT's. Has anyone had this same problem. These dogs are not suppose to do this.
By the way, he is a wonderful, loving dog.
I should tell you he is about 14 months old.

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Broken Coat JRT
by: Anonymous

Hello,
I also rescued a JRT with a broken coat about nine months ago. I quickly realized that he has horrible flea dermatitis (allergic reaction to flea bites/saliva)because in the first week he ripped out ALL on his hair on his back legs, all the hair around his tail or rump area and most of the hair all the way up his tail. I have to keep advantage on him every 25days year round. He also is highly allergic to any kind of grain, and I am pretty sure he is allergic to some other common ingredients found in dog food, I just have not figured that out yet. I have to give him grain free food with a very few number of ingredients - I feed him California Natural, Grain free, lamb meal formula. I give him fish oil over his food every day, and also give him two doses of Dr. Good Pet every day(all natural herbal formula to reduce itching) And still, he is constantly itchy, his skin gets pink, he chews. It is quite a task to prevent him from chewing himself raw, even bloody at times. Even in my sleep I tell him to stop chewing. I thought at one point that it may be related to anxiety, I tried consulting a couple of vets, they all wanted to put him on very heavy, very expensive psychoactive medications. I decided not to go down that road, because I feel that over medicating can be just as bad if not worse then not not giving medication(in some cases). I did however try giving him Rescue Remedy, another all natural medicinal plant extract used for anxiety relief. I was only able to use that for 14 days, and saw no difference. Even with all of the things I have tried up to this point- still maybe once a month he will chew a small spot on his back legs/tail raw. I continue to use the above stated methods, and I am open to new ideas or suggestions, but I have decided that I just need to live with the fact that he has crappy skin and that this will probably always be an issue.

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