Two weeks ago I wrote about canine allergies. Since the hot, humid weather encourages hot spots which both itch and sting, causing the animal to lick and chew which, in turn, aggravates the area on the skin, this is a follow-up.
In the June issue of the AKC Gazette, Dr. Toodie Connor, DVM, writes in the Tibetan terrier column about skin, coat and health. For those owners with dogs that scratch constantly, here are some new possibilities that you might want to check out. Connor says that after the obvious, checking for external parasites, you should have your dog tested for internal parasites because they can cause nutritional deficiencies and allergic reactions too. Connor recommends using a preventive product containing lufenuron and milbemycin for internal parasites.
The next thing to look at concerns the products used when bathing your dog. Connor says that most shampoos and conditioners found in stores or through veterinarians are very harsh and should be used only if the dog is bathed only once or twice a year. Using a good shampoo and conditioner, (Connor doesn't give a name brand or a company), dogs can be bathed daily according to the author. "Tibetan terriers need a bath every one to two weeks," the columnist says.