Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Montreal, Canada
Dogs Name: Zak
Dogs Age: 5 years old
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Itchy skin and lesions - but not a food allergy - Help!
Hello all, new member here.
We have a 5yr old doberman that has a recurring skin problem and I am almost sure it is not a food-related issue..at least nothing that we are feeding him.
Starting every september/octobre, for the last 4 years, he develops skin rashes which, after obscessive licking, become lesions. The areas affected are his muzzle, his ears, the toes on each of his paws and especially his belly connecting to his genital area.
We live near Montreal in farm country. The cold starts in september/october with snow almost always arriving in december. The snow begins to melt around march(albeit not this year!).
Our doberman's issue seems to be seasonal as it it begins every year in the fall and lasts until about february. He suffers none of the symptoms during the summer or any other part of the year.
We have tried different diets, for months at a time, but the symptoms are, I am convinced, completely related to the time of year...because changing his diet has never had an effect, regardless of when we experimented.
Suspecting he might be eating something nefarious in our yard, we have also isolated him; for instance for a whole month we meticulously brought him out every time, under supervision, on a leash and made sure he did eat anything he wasn't supposed to – also to no avail.
We have an excellent vet center nearby and they simply prescribed him cortizone to treat the symptoms, concluding that he has seasonal allergies – also citing the fact that recently many other dogs in our area were consulted with similar symptoms.
What I do not understand is why are his symptoms so prominent in the fall and winter, when the ground is frozen and no vegetation is growing? Could he be building up toxins, somehow, during summer months only to have an overabundance by the fall?
Like I mentioned, the ground is basically frozen (no farming, harvesting, haying, pesticides etc) during the time his symptoms are present.
We are somewhat stymied and would love nothing more to understand his problem and be able to alleviate his pain.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.