Posted by: Jacques | 2009/01/09

Dog - Exzema - udder cream?

Hi, I have a chocolate labrador, male, 2 yrs, generally healthy. He is suffering from exzema on his back only. I have had him shaved to determine how bad it is. I don' t think it is a food allergy, he' s been on various vet allergy feeds with no change, I think it might be a flea allergy, he is on a vigorous flea treatment cycle, advantage &  programme. The skin is very dry &  flakey &  it itches him. He' s had several courses of antibiotics &  cortazone which give temporary relief.... What can I do? I' ve heard that a solution is to slather dairy " udder cream"  on the affected areas for a few days &  it will improve. Please advise, what suggestions do you have? Will the " udder cream"  help? Thanks, Jacques

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Dear Jacques

I have never seen a dog with just palin eczema on the back. I think you are dealing with a flea bite allergy. Spray your whole house with Flego every 3 months and put Efazol on the dogs food. You can shorten the interval between Advantage applications.

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Posted by: cece | 2015/06/18

I have the same problem with my chocolate lab. Have spent a fortune on allergy testing meds, office visits, shots, steroid. She gets weekly allergy shots. She is not outside nor swims in creeks, pools, etc. Nothing has helped. I have tried every kind of shampoo on the market. Someone told me to use udder cream. Haven't tried it yet. Was wondering if it did work.

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Posted by: Cestsibon | 2014/12/26

You say you have had a vet look at your dog? Did he exclude mange? It is an extremely difficult condition to get rid of. it looks and behaves like eczema. I literally had to put all my dogs on the farm down. I had a big rat problem and I suspect that they are the natural vectors of the mange parasite. A 'friend' brought his infected dog to my farm and so the whole farm got infected. i could not keep any dogs again on the farm. However if you live in a house on a small stand (small yard) I suggest you try giving your dog IVERMECTIN every 2 weeks for about 3 months and change the dog's bedding every week. You will also need to spray insecticide all over. once a week. Some vets even recommend that you put the dog down if very bad to put it out of it's misery. I hope it is plain allergy. You could try methotrexate to calm down the immune system as well as cortisone.

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Posted by: Chill | 2009/01/09

Udder cream is actually lanolin, which is a natural product made from sheeps wool. It may well help to soothe the skin, but I would first put some lanolin onto a small patch, just in case it triggers some reaction.

You can buy lanolin in a tube at the chemist - the udder cream you refer to is probably available in larger containers and would work out more economical if you decide to use it long-term. I would bet against that, though, because you' ll find it' s pretty greasy, will rub off on your walls/furniture/hands, and will also retain grit and seeds and things the dog may roll in. But give it a go... you never know.

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Posted by: Jacques | 2009/01/09

Thanks for the prompt reply. We are already using EFAZOL as well as olive-oil, but to no avail. Currently dosing 1 x programme large dog monthly &  Advantage or Advantix monthly. problem is that in summer the dog swims in the pool almost daily as well as a weekly swim in the sea. The exzema has been a problem since mid-winter before he started swimming in the pool / sea again, so I don' t think it' s related to the sea / pool water / pool chemicals. Do you think it' s worth trying the " Udder Cream" ...? If so, which product is best or what active ingredient should I look for? I note that most have lanelin &  vitamin E... thanks for the help...

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