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Posted by: Kcost | 2007/12/04

New dogs

I have just taken in two labs, who are both 6yrs old, one male and 1 female. Their owners are leaving. i am happy with them, but would like to know if they will take to the new family? Also the male seems to have an allergy on his skin and is always scratching, the owner said that the vet was not sure what it was, so she has put him onto vets choice meal, and is using an anti fungal shampoo for him. is there any natural medicine that i can use for him.

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They should settle in but it may take a while for them to get used to their new surroundings. Is the dog on flea treatment? This is usually the most common cause of scratching and fleas should be eliminated as the cause before more costly tests are undertaken.

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Posted by: Blaah | 2007/12/04

p.s. regards to the allergy do not feed the dog bread or milk

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Posted by: Blaah | 2007/12/04

you can try tea tree oil on the affected area

did this lab used to swim alot?
sometimes the chemicals in pool water causes a form of skin 'rot' especially a th base of the tail and on the chest....

also he could be allergic to certain foods ad that i why he has been put onto vets choice, trust me if it is a food allergy it works

keep the affected areas clean and cut back the hair if possible to allow some air
try to stop the dog from scratching or biting as this agrivates the situation and sometimes can form a habbit.

perhaps taking the dog to your vet for a second opinion is also advisable, perhaps get a skin scrapping done to check for mites or mange

as for taking to your family it is up to you guys really labs are very friendly dogs, but i would advise not to over whelm them too much in the begining they will be confused and curious at thier new surroundings, bring thier blankets andtoys from the previous owner, and at a later stage offer them an old shirt or blanket that smells like you or a member of the family.

patience is key

good luck and enjoy the new dogs

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