Q. My dog has been itching,liching and flacky skin.losing hair.i have had her treated twice for what we thought was staph infection.
A. These can be common signs of allergies. Allergies can be frustrating to diagnose since they can have multiple causes (inhaled, food, contact). Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Rule out skin parasites (fleas, mites) and infection (bacterial or yeast). A pet approved colloidal oatmeal bath may soothe itchy skin. Consider adding an essential fatty acid supplement (usually a fish oil) to her diet to promote healthy skin. Search www.pet360.com for fish oil supplements. If your vet diagnoses allergies or food sensitivities, your task is to try to determine what she is allergic to and decrease or eliminate it. Discuss food elimination trials and allergy testing with your vet.