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As I posted in an earlier post.. Whiskey has some skin issues and missing hair in spots. Did 2 skin scraping that were both negative for mites and since I had ringworm we treated him with an oral medication for fungal infections as well as a shampoo that I used to bathe him every 3 days. No dice.

I'm new to the area and I can't seem to find a vet close by that has good reviews that I would feel comfortable taking my boy to. The last vet he went to said he it was "probably allergies" and left me kind of hanging with no real idea of the cause.

Basically his symptoms are very itchy skin, thin/missing hair in small patches all over, flakey coat, and now he's started licking his paws.

He is currently eating ToTW Pacific Stream formula.

The stupid banfield vet seemed hesitant to refer me to a dermatologist around here (probably didnt want my diagnostic money to go to someone else) and now I don't know what I should do. Any insights?
 

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Serious stuff going on so you need to get to a dermatologist specialist right away. Skin issues sometimes seem to start going downhill pretty fast and that is when you need an expert who will do all the appropriate tests, including thyroid. Often, skin issues are a complicated set of problems that will require a multifaceted approach to healing. Good luck and keep us posted.
 

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Serious stuff going on so you need to get to a dermatologist specialist right away. Skin issues sometimes seem to start going downhill pretty fast and that is when you need an expert who will do all the appropriate tests, including thyroid. Often, skin issues are a complicated set of problems that will require a multifaceted approach to healing. Good luck and keep us posted.
I was thinking that as well but he's so darn young. Just 5 months. Ah well... I guess I'll go in and push the vet for the referral she didn't want to give me.
 

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Could it be a staph infection? I'd think the vet would rule that out first visit. I'd opt for thyroid testing also even though he is relatively young.

I might try switching foods too.
 

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I took classes on pet nutrition and I am a licensed Vet Tech. I too have a Blue Dobi and here is what I recommend:

The dandruff is caused by dry skin and corn in dog food is a BIG factor in that. I recommend feeding any dog food with no corn, wheat or soy. Grain free is better. Your pup may be allergic to something in his food and that can cause skin and coat problems. Also, I give my Blue pup cold pressed Flaxseed Oil that I buy at Wal-Mart for 8 bucks. I use that versus fish oil due to the smell. Flaxseed Oil is great for the heart too. It has Omega 6, 3 and 9. Give 3 tablets daily in a piece of cheese. As a shampoo I use Mega-Tek dog shampoo. It is a bit pricey but it works miracles. It will repair damaged pads, noses and will help regrow dog fur as well as human hair. I use it on myself too. It is Human grade stuff with tons of protein and nutrients for the skin and coat.

Also, Dogs need a variance in their diet. Anything you eat except grapes, raisins and chocolate; is good for your pet. If I'm eating an apple, I share with my dogs. Bananas are a great source of potassium for them too. Adding things to a diet will "fix" stool eating. Cottage cheese is also a great source of calcium and great for growing puppies.

If you have any questions, E-Mail me. I am more than happy to offer info to anyone...
 
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