USMC, thank you so much for the thorough and thoughtful reply. I apologize the reply is coming late; we were gone due to the holiday. And before it's too late, may I offer my thanks to you and all servicemen and women, who serve and protect this country and its people.
I actually had read some of your earlier posts, and particularly the one about Saul testing in the low end of the normal range and how that is abnormal for the Dobie breed. My vet is wonderful! She was the one who suggested, unprompted by me even though I was about to ask, that we put Duke on thyroid pills because the "range" takes into account all breeds, so it skews the results for Doberman-specific numbers which need to be much higher.
I am praying this will work. I am hopeful because he just needs to be happy and pain-free again. I know itching can drive anyone crazy so we distract him with long walks and play and dog parks but the minute he is alone, it's back to licking his paws and furiously scratching.
The weird thing is his coat recovered from hair loss after we initially used Ketoseb shampoo. And the dander got better. It was the smell that never quit, and as I mentioned above, the scratching that started a few months ago and progressively got worse, and then of course, the worst, which is the furious, relentless paw licking that started a couple on months ago and just doesn't stop. Sigh. So his coat is thick, albeit not glossy and somewhat rough and wiry. Yesterday I noticed little white dots/pimples on his chin! UGH
One more question if I may... How long do you think before we see some improvement in itching and licking? I know you said after three months on the pills combined with a raw diet Saul is a new dog, but would you mind giving me an idea on how long it takes for thyroid pills to start turning the tide?
Thank you all again. If I came off as defensive, it's because I was at my wits' end, but so relieved to have finally found the likely reason. So I bristled at the implication that we didn't care about his pain and suffering although yes, I will admit, it took long to get the test done and we only did it when the itching and licking started.
I also have no idea what the other two diseases you mentioned are, so I will look those up just to make sure our Duke doesn't have any of those issues. Many thanks again to you and all the helpful owners on here.