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Buddy getting bald on one side again went to the vet have him on Benadryl and a spray from the vets. To me seems like it is spreading it is only on his right side ? the left side of the dog does not have hair loss the vet does not understand that nor do I. Buddy gets fed Canidae,or Taste of the Wild he also gets Salmon Oil capsules from Wal Mart ? also have been giving him Sardines in water. Any other ideas ?Thanks ahead of time he was like this last summer but this year is worse.He spends most of his time inside under the AC since it is very hot in Tulsa.
 

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I would eliminate all treats and supplements and just feed him his kibble. This might help you determine the source of the problem. He should only consume kibble and water until you can sort this out. Otherwise, its too many variables to sort through. I would treat the affected areas with pure aloe which you can purchase at GNC stores.
 

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Did the vet do anything else except prescribe benadryle and a spray? Was skin scrapings done? What does the spray consist of? How is buddy's blood tests results? Do you add on a T4?
 

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A T-4 was done last year when he had the same problem the spray is Betagen,(Gentamicin Sulfate with Betamethasone Valerate) ? Have had him to two vets one last year & this year one where his breeder works as a vet tech but she was not there the day we went. It is really strange 1/2 of Buddy is fine the other half looks like the picture but seems to be spreading just on one side not the other side.
 

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Could that be a contact dermatitis? Does he lay on that one side on something?
 

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If this is seasonal, I am thinking maybe something he is coming into contact with. Parker itches and pulls out hair right where his rear touches the grass/ground when he sits. Does Buddy pee under a bush/overhanging weed, etc where that side comes into contact with said growths? If its not too raw, after the stuff you are using is out, I would start using acv/water spray on the places 3 times a day. Would also put him on Orijen 6Fish +sardines for the summer. Start w/small bag to see if he can tolerate it. Its expensive, but very calorie dense, so you wont feed near as much as what you are feeding of your present foods. Good luck, I feel for you.
 

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My sister's friend suggested that she bathed her Boston with grandma's lye soap just has lard,lye & water in it suppose to be good for dry skin,poison oak, ivy & other skin problems. Then rinse with vinegar water ? know lye soap has been around for many years. ?
 

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Dogs Naturally Magazine The Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil

When Odin was having a problem with his hives and I was still in the beginning process of figuring out what it was I was using coconut oil to help regrow some of his hair that was losing from the hives. Worked great, I also use it to soften up his paws. I give him a tablespoon every now and again orally. If he is kinda stinky and I have no time to give him a bath I take some coconut oil and and wipe him down with some because it helps get rid of odor.

I have personally found great uses for it personally as well. I buy it cheap at Trader Joe's for like 6 bucks and you get a decent amount.
 
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My sister's friend suggested that she bathed her Boston with grandma's lye soap just has lard,lye & water in it suppose to be good for dry skin,poison oak, ivy & other skin problems. Then rinse with vinegar water ? know lye soap has been around for many years. ?
I honestly dont know about the lye soap. Maybe try some internet research on it and see what you find. I wouldnt use it w/o finding more info of using on dogs. Dont know about what alwayshadpets is suggesting either, but do agree with the use of extra virgin coconut oil. Its good internally and externally both. Read up on it, too. Acv/water is cheaper, but it will burn when put on broken skin, coconut oil doesnt. I have tried it, but Parker had better results with sardines. Some dogs will do better with coconut oil. You just have to experiment. Good luck and keep us informed. Best wishes for Buddy!
 

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What brand of fish oil from Walmart? If softgels, you have to watch and read the ingredience. Some of them still contain Soy. It will not be listed on the Supplement Facts Chart. Look for Other Ingredients. Then look at May Also Contain: I have found a few (Berkeley & Jensen, and Nature Made) brands that list Fish (Anchovy, Sardine) and Soy. Now why they put Soy in it I don't know.
One brand Nature's Bounty brand does not list Soy anywhere.
Coconut Oil is very good. We use it every day. Another thing I was reading about also in Dogs Naturally Magazine July/August about allergies. Is the use of Milk Thistle. It helps to support the Liver.
 

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Teatree oil is wonderful stuff.

We bathe Claire, our GSD, in it every other week as she has skin allergies. Claire's allergies become agrevated in the summer heat. She gets terrible rashes under her thick coat. We control it well with her dog food and no outside treats. After several years of tests her rash still gets worse in the summer. We try to have playtime early in the morning and after dinner. She enjoys air conditioner otherwise.

There is also a Teatree medicated spray that you can try. I use it for my horses as well.
Perhaps this would work for Buddy.
 

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Have you ran a allergy test on him?

I ran one on Jones because he would get patches in certain spots, come to find out he is allergic to a certain type of weed (Dog Fennel) and 3 types of Mites (2 Dust and 1 Storage) he is now on Allergy Shots (Custom to what he is allergic too)
 

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I would stay away from lye soap or anything else that could be harsh. You might aggravate the problem.

I'm no vet but it looks like perhaps a contact thing. I think your best bet and in the long run cheaper is to have a dermatologist look at it and hopefully take a biopsy so that you know what is causing your pal to look like that.

A regular vet is good for some things but sometimes going to a specialist gets you going in the right direction.
 

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I'd take him back to the vet and agree with the post above I would not use lye soap! My guess is an allergy or possible allergy with thryroid problems. The thyroid needs to be done yearly. You could try giving him sea kelp. It clear up a thinning coat in a rescue we had a while back and another member on DT. It's wonderful in keeping our dogs coats right and it works FAST! We use it daily.

It is a bit pricey so if you are near Tulsa I will share. If it works, you can order it on line. I use Norweign Kelp only. I stay with what works. PM me if you want to try it.

But I'd go to the vet and make sure it isn't mange or ?
 
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