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Bella's skin problems

I'm new to this site and thought it might be the best place to find out what is wrong with my Bella-girl's skin. She is a 4-year-old black dobe. She has "pimples" on her lower back and bumps under the skin. When the pimples come off, it leaves a bald spot. She's been at the vet's twice and the two we saw did not know what is causing it. She's had skin scrapings, two rounds of antibiotics and steroids and bathed in a special shampoo for weeks. I also changed her dog food per the vet to something that is mostly fish. Nothing seems to help. I've had dobes for 40 years and have never encountered this problem. I would post a picture, but do not know how to do that in this post.

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Have you thought about taking her to a animal dermatologist? I just took my Kya and I wish I would have done it so much earlier.
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Dog skin is a canines largest organ / often diet plays a huge part, in pet health.

What is Bella eating?...specifically everything, including treats.
^ pretty name / was my Granny's name...and so special memories, with her

Our Kelly had itchy dry spots and thinning hair, for a few years...from a puppy.
- we changed foods (a few times), and solved problem completely
- itch gone now // but not her love for neck rubs

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I'd bite the bullet and make an appointment and see a vet allergist/dermatologist. The description of the coat problem sounds a lot like plain old staph infection. Except that your bitch is older than when most staph infections continue to occur. Dobes tend to develop these skin infections as puppies and often clear up with no medical attention by the time their immune system is sufficiently developed to handle the staph.

Some dogs continue to have these outbreaks and need medical treatment. General practice vets often don't leave a dog on the antibiotics long enough so as soon as the dog is off the meds the staph erupts again. Steroids only keep the dog from being itchy.

I've had puppies who had mild cases of puppy staph and two that had bad cases--the mild cases cleared up with just bathing with chlorhexadine shampoo and the bad cases cleared up with a combination of the medicated shampoo and antibioticsl And I had a couple of puppies who never had the problem at all.

Most dermatolagist/allergists will prescribe a pretty long course of antibiotics especially if the dog has already been treated as your girl has been.

The bare spots will grow hair again--they won't stay bare forever.

But I'd foot the bill for a good dermatologist/allergist--they are far more successful diagnosing stuff like this because they see it all the time.

Good luck with this--I know it can be frustration.

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Learned many years ago to have two vets. One regular vet another vet dermatologist. A vet dermatologist sees skin problems on a daily basis and is IMO best to handle these situations. Hopefully you will find a solution
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My Hoss had that condition and we found it to be seasonal.
We went to a dermatologist and problems resolved.
No antibiotics were used as no staph infection.
We did use the chlorahexidine shampoos and in between we used a natural astringent of vinegar and water.
One part vinegar to 3 parts water.
Vinegar is my go to for easy wipes downs. Could use that as many times a day as I needed.
I would Spritz then wipe down after Hoss was outside.
The smell of the vinegar goes away within minutes. I even use it for keeping mosquitos off Hoss during the summertime.
Anyway, IMO , get to a dermatologist and take it from there.....it will save you time and money in the long run.

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I can't say anything more than Dobebug did! And I will reiterate that most vets won't put them on antibiotics long enough to kick staph. It needs to be 30 days from my experience.
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