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My doberman Athena is approx 17 months old. We just rescued her 3 months ago. Her prior owner apparently kept her outside only. When we got her, she had some noticeable missing fur on her neck and some pimples on her lower belly and neck and was very itchy. We had thought since she was always outside that the irritation was due to dirt and grass she was always laying on. She had been checked for mange at the rescue society and it came back negative.
When we brought her to our vet he put her on an antibiotic for 2 weeks to clear it up. And it worked perfectly! Until it all started coming back again. He treated it as if it were a staph infection again and this time we did 3 weeks of antibiotics. Cleared it all up, and now it's week 1 post antibiotic and here it comes again. I can tell her ears are getting red and she's very itchy! She has tiny pimples everywhere, even around her anus and vagina. Our vet's next step would be to give her a shot that would last 4-6 weeks.
To me this next step is just masking the issue and not treating what is truly upsetting her skin. Her stools are completely normal and honestly her coat looks amazing now! It's beautiful and shiny, well except where she is losing her hair on her neck! Our vet also gave us a medicated shampoo that we are using as well.
We were feeding her Purina Lamb and Rice. We have now started the transition to Blue Buffalo Grain Free Turkey and Potato limited ingredient. We also started giving her Zyrtec to give her some relief since she's miserable.
Anyone have anything similar with their dobie?
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sounds like it could be allergies, i'd contact a dermatologist in your area. Fair warning they are pricier but they'll be able to do more extensive testing and have more of a skin based skill set to see problems some vets wouldn't initially think of.

I'd also stick to one food until you have it figured out or you're potentially only making the problem worse. The dermatologist, if they suspect food allergy, will likely start you on an elimination diet anyways.

Good luck! My allergy boy is allergic to foods, pollen's, molds, you name it. He gets a monthly shot for the environmental allergies (which needs some tweaking) and he has very strict treat and food restrictions as far as ingredients that are safe, it makes for an interesting time at the pet store lol.

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It's also possible the courses of antibiotics aren't long enough so it's just some resilient staph. coming back, but that would be something to check with your vet on.

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I also recommend a Vet Dermatologist Specialist. Most allergies are environmental. My last girl had these and I gave her once shot once a week. It keep things in check. A regular vet does not have the extensive background needed. You end up spending a lot of money for routine care and not getting to the root of the problem
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she is young, but do you know if her thyroid levels have ever been checked?

hugz to Athena.

here is a link to a page with lots of info on canine skin issues...... http://www.dog-health-guide.org/Dise...anineSkin.html

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Food allergies/ Skin issues

I don't have any experience with allergies, I just wanted to say what a beautiful girly you have there! She has the sweetest face!

Thank you for rescuing. Hope you get to the bottom of whatever is causing her discomfort and fur loss.

Hugs to your baby.


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My boy has I believe the exact same thing but not nearly as extreme on the neck area. We've been on the antibiotics and then it comes back just like your case. I am looking for a dermatologist in my area
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