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Old 05-04-2010, 09:03 PM
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Help! Duke Has a Bad Skin Problem (pics)

Our foster-turned-adopted doggie Duke has a skin problem that just seems to stay with him. A couple of months ago the vet did a skin scrape and found some yeast and he was put on a short course antibiotic. A few weeks after that cleared we found healing, scabbed-over sores on his leg. Back to the vet and they diagnosed 10 days of antibiotic. That cleared up nicely. Last week at his and Connor's annual physical the vet noticed really thinning hair on his legs and his chest area. The skin underneath is pinkish-purple and doesn't really seem to bother him that much. So the vet tested scraped for mites, which was negative but because of some ear scratch reaction she decided to treat for mites. He was given a topical drug similar to Frontline called Revolution. I put the Revolution on his back last Friday and hoped it would start to clear up his condition, even though he still has 2 treatments to go.

So, last night I was petting Duke and found more sore on his legs and one on his chest. Plus, there seems to be larger/more areas of hair thinning and pinkish-purple skin (see pics below). We have a followup appointment on Thursday and hopefully something will reveal itself as the root of his problem. Allergies, autoimmune, really bad mites?

Do any of the experts here have an educated guess or can give me some ideas of what I can ask at his appointment on Thursday?
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:06 PM
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My guess would be allergies? What is he eating?

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Old 05-04-2010, 09:12 PM
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He's eating Eukanuba Large Breed Adult. You know what - now that you ask I'm thinking it's possible that Duke's current skin issues may be related to food. Ten days ago we accidentally switched Duke's and Connor's food: we had them on Eukanuba Adult Maintenance, but by mistake bought a bag of the regular Eukanuba Large Breed Adult. Maybe there isn't enough difference between the 2 formulas to cause his skin problems, but it certainly is worth considering. Thanks!!
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:23 PM
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Hopefully it is a food allergy and an adjustment in his diet will clear it up. We had to be very careful with Millie and what she ate. Eat the wrong thing and she would break out in an instant. I switched her to California Natural Herring and Sweet Potato, end of problem.
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Also you might want to get the Micro-tek shampoo. It is wonderful at clearing up skin issues in dogs. I have used it for so many different issues with some of my foster dogs from staph infections to basic skin infections. You can get it at horse supply stores. I would also consider switching him over to a grain free food to see if that might help him also.
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Tasha, our foster that we adopted had skin issues for a year. We tried many different antibiotics and then different foods. She is now on prescription food venison and potato and now her skin is clear. She gets no table food. I gave her a little chicken once and the skin problems returned. She gets organic peanut butter treats from a local dog bakery occasionally.

We started with no grain food, then tried single source protein foods and then the venison and potato worked. It was a long process but her skin has been clear for the last six months.

I hope Duke feels better soon!
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Old 05-05-2010, 08:31 AM
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My springer had that did antiiotic's cleared up came back, it is skin allergies, pyoderma, look that up, anyway we put him on wellness dog food, plus have his thyroid check could be low. My springers was. Wellness dog food we think did it more then the thyroid pills he was border line, in the process of getting him off. His fur is beautiful plus for awhile we did the fishoil because it started off with seborrhea, bad dandruff but went into scabs and hairloss, look that up also, lots of sites on it. Good luck with it.
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Old 05-05-2010, 08:33 AM
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I second BeauShel's shampoo recommendation. That stuff is just magic.

However, if the dog is having repeated issues with thinning hair and skin infections of different types, I'd have a thyroid panel run. It doesn't sound like it's the same thing that just hasn't gone away. It sounds like his skin is at risk, and opportunistic infections keep taking hold. Treating those infections is important, but they'll keep happening until the underlying issue is addressed.

Thyroid problems would be more likely than a difference in ingredients between two Eukanuba formulas (though that's not impossible). I'd probably have a full thyroid panel run before anything else, since it's a non-invasive test (aside from the blood draw) and not prohibitively expensive.
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Copper had repeated sores and skin problems last year. His thyroid tested fine. His specialist put him on a strong antibiotic and recommended a chlorhexadine shampoo you have to get from the vet - Duoxo. He cleared up very well and now gets bathed in it regularly. The micro-tek is probaly less expensive though. The Duoxo is $20 for 6.2 oz and lasts about 6 baths.
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It does not last for 6 baths - I meant to type 3! so it is rather expensive.
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