Ever since Ace was a wee little pup, I have been battling all sorts of skin issues. Neither vet we have been to has been able to diagnose it, but they have done skin scraps that say its bacterial AND fungal. The last time we had him on like a 3 week multidose of antibiotics, paired with medicated shampoos and medicated sprays. Those bumps went away.
Now its back, different type and I just don't have the money at the moment to keep playing this vet game. The areas have localized on his chin, which at first I just thought was acne. So I started cleaning his stainless steel bowl twice a day, but no success. So in the past week I have been using Veterinary Formula Clinical Care Antiseptic and Antifungal Spray, and am finally seeing small improvements. Now the zit like areas have popped (not by me!), and are not filled with puss as expected, but blood.
This weekend I went to trim his nails, and noticed the same kinds of sores on the sides of his pads, on about 3 paws. I spoke with my breeder, and we agreed to try the spray on all sores twice a day, and I just purchased Zesty Paws Salmon Oil to try in his food. So that is my next course of action. He's currently eating Purina ProPlan Savor in Beef flavor, but I know real food allergies are rare.
Here's the poor guy's chin, luckily already looking better after a few days of spray, but still. I feel horrible.
Here is the kind of sores by his pads.
Has anyone else dealt with this? I'm also noticing super small bumps under his coat, and its not very shiny. Any recommendations for what to daily wipe him down with that will help with the coat? I know washing a doberman too often isnt recommended. What can I clean him with to make him smell fresh and feel fresh? Just using the puppy wipes isn't helping very much.
I'm not going to lie, his skin makes me feel like a really bad dog mom, but this has been a ongoing battle, and it CHANGES its look every single time! We get one thing fixed, and then the next shows up.