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post #26 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-04-2013, 06:28 PM
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i'm not trying to hijack your post but i have similar problems with my dog. i switch food, salmon oil, wild omega 3 oil, and meds from the vet. After the medication (antibiotic and other stuff that were prescribed) the symptoms will come back, I did switch food and her skin is better. I have her now on blue wilderness adult chicken. She is also on a strict diet no treats except waggin trails dried chicken.

Now this is where it is interesting....the blue wilderness helps died down the pimples and skin is somewhat better, but i notice is when i gave her the dried chicken her skin is softer and not so much shedding. My dog sheds alot...is this a sign of bad nutrition. Lets say i wash the dog bed, the next day their are tons of shedding.

So my question is it her nutrition? What do you look for buying dog food besides no artificial color, the first ingredient is protein, and stuff like that. After the dried chicken dog treats test and ingredients list of 65% protein. Should I look to change my dog diet blue buffalo wild chicken 34% protein with a higher brand of dog food higher in protein..
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I just wanted to chime in because my dog had this same problem when he was younger, and it turned out to be a staph infection. He had it on his head and neck. Here's the thread: Are these bug bites?

A course of antibiotics (cephalexin) cleared it up. It seems like younger dogs are more prone to this. Not sure if it has anything to do with their immune systems or what, but I remember someone mentioning that to me. I had never dealt with it before, so I didn't know. I never had a problem with it after that either.

Good luck and hope it gets better soon

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I use Eqyss Micro Tek Shampoo and Conditioner. It's the only shampoo that doesn't make my dog flakey. Amazon.com: micro-tek pet shampoo

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Hello! I am sorry about your dog having skin problems. My girl had the same problems last years. You could look at this thread from last April were a similar problem was discussed.

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This is the answer I gave on that thread. I think this could help you;

My dog too is having a hard time with skin problems. She started to have skin problems last summer. I went to 3 different vets. They all did the same tests; Skin scratch for parasites. Blood tests, thyroid tests. Everything is in order. They did prescribe antibiotics. While she was on antibiotics, she healed completely, but a couple of weeks after the antibiotics ended, the problem reappeared. I also gave her baths with medicated dog shampoo. Twice a week for 1 month then once a week.

Seeing this, the vet put her on antibiotics for an entire month instead of 2 weeks. Same results. Another vet suggested switching her on hypo allergy food. Well the hypo allergy food seems to help a lot. Her skin is nice and shiny, she does not shed anymore and her pimples are very few and not lasting. I still give her a bath about once every 10 days, but with baby shampoo (for humans). She is 2.5 years old. She is on Royal Canin Prescription Diet Hypoallergy HP.

This did work very well, although she still has the occasional pimple but not as bad. The vet suggested me the latest hypoallergy dog food that just came out on the market not 1 month ago. It is still made by Royal Canin and it is called Anallergenic. I am giving it a try. I am still in the process of doing the food switching transition phase. After 1 week I am now at 50%-50% Hypoallergy HP – Analergenic. I already can see a difference. Warning, the new Anallergenic food is brutally expensive. $120 CDN for a 19 pounds bag (the biggest bag they make).

Most important is: I stopped giving her treats. I even stopped making her home made food. One friend of mine told me her parents had a dog who had allergic reaction to gluten. So I think this is what my girl is having problem with, gluten. The home made food I use to give her had brown rice, oatmeal, barley among the ingredients. All good food, but a source of gluten. Almost all dog kibble have some sort of grain in it. So gluten is almost every where.

Since I stopped giving her treats and making sure the food I am giving her does not have gluten, she seems to be all right. I started to add raw meat and veggies to her diet again, making sure to avoid anything that contain wheat, oats or grains of any kind and she seems to be all right.

So I agree with the other answers you received. First get a second or a third opinion from another vet or vets. Have all the tests done to eliminate the usual suspects. Then consider the problems could be allergy related. It is hard to determine the kind of allergy. You will have to go by an elimination process until you find the culprit.

Now my girl do not have anymore pimples. Her coat is nice and shiny and she do not shed anymore. I found a great food without any grains. It is made by FROMM. The one she gets is Duck with sweet potatoes. It is much more affordable than the one sold at the vet. Also during a couple of months I also added some SKIN+COAT daily pet supplement by ''Organic Pet Superfood'' It really helped a lot.

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I've had the same thing with my boy (now 20 months) for the last year. Started during the winter when he was about 6 months old. We've done skin scrapings, 2 separate rounds of 6 week antibiotics, treated for both sarc and demo mange, food trials, ruled out environmental allergies, 3 different medicated shampoos, full blood panel, fish oils, vit E, blah blah blah etc. Nothing has helped. Fur is still thin all over, pustules, itchy, flakey... one vet considered follicular dysplasia. He also has hygromas on his elbows. Next step is a skin biopsy and neuter. Hopefully you'll have better luck than I am!
Has your boy had his thyroid tested? That is what I would look at with the history you just wrote. This IS NOT something your vet can do in-house, not the thorough test you need. Use Dr. Jean Dodds test. You can order it online, your vet can draw the blood and send back to her lab for testing...it's cheaper that way. Her site is Hemopet I believe.

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If you're seeing more shedding after washing the bedding, it could be your Dobe is allergic to your laundry detergent. I use unscented detergent and measure very carefully, but my Dobe won't go near something that's just been washed for about a week.

Adding vinegar to the rinse water helps to remove detergent residue.

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Thanks Linda, I'll check that out. When they did the blood panel last time it was to check thyroid and/or juvenile diabetes (when he was younger he drank excessively). They sent the tests out, but she didn't tell me where. They said everything looked normal etc, but i haven't gone back to do the dobe specific thyroid panel with a specialist yet. I probably will in the next month or two when my finances recover from christmas lol. When I do I'll def go to her!
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Bought Bailey some sardines today.. I was afraid she wouldn't eat them but she's in love! And we bought a bag of the wellness core dry food. Got a big bag of food still to go through before she can try it, though. Haven't bought her new shampoo yet, that's next on my list!

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