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    Dog with skin Problem

    First post in this section , i have a year old ridgeback dog and he is suffering with a skin problem it appears to be concentrated around his neck and ears, we have been back and for the the vets for months, it originally appeared after he trashed a dog bed my thoughts were that perhaps the polystyrene filler had some thing on them but in hind sight now that may be a curved ball and actually have nothing to do with the condition,

    So far the vet has been unable to identify the core problem , after spending best part of 1600.00 on steroids and antibiotics they are now saying that he has to go to a specialist to have further tests, that 275.00 for the initial consultation, we are now bumping against the insurance limit once that is gone if he needs long term medication we have a problem.

    Moving forward we have thought about moving away from dried foods and feeding him naturally as some people call it that is to me raw meet etc we prep ourselves , i am interested to hear if anyone on hear does the same and what they feed their dogs do you give them any supplements as well etc.

    With regards to the vet , i am a bit miffed the vet did not suggest the specialist earlier so am considering changing vet if anyone on here is in the epsom area and can recommend a vet it would be helpful.

    Keith

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    gutted for you ! i think vets play on insurance and owners emotions far to much , i cant help unfortunatly but hope you get a good outcome ,atb arron. just thought , we have a wirehaired pointer x who everyyear loses a big patch of hair , i got some camarosa ointment after hearing good things about it , didnt work for my bitch but wouldt right it off as a thing to try !, she eventualy came good ,( think it is hormornal )
    Last edited by arron; 01-09-2013 at 10:25.

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    Has the vets taken a scrape of the skin?

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    Yes , can back clear for whatever they were testing for ! to be honest i am tempted to change vets , as soon as the pills end with in a day or two its back so my thinking is he as some thing in his system that the drugs keep at bay or he is reacting to something he is continually in contact with.

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    Diet can be a trigger factor. Randomly trying raw food may or may not help. To exclude diet as a cause we need to feed a specific exclusion diet offering protein and carbohydrate sources that are unique. Just feeding raw meat won't help if the dog was allergic to chciken etc.

    Skin is usually simple enough to get to the bottom of. Scrapes are useful but can have low sensitivity (ie there may be mites there, but just not collect any). Skin biopsies vital to see what is going on, and can sometimes reveal some of the harder to find mites. Food trial very useful to rule in or out a component of food allergy. Depending on the pattern and age then blood tests to rule out hormonal derangements (thyroid, steroid) and possibly allergy testing by either bloods or skin testing.

    That lot will get us to the bottom of 99% of skin cases. Many need ongoing treatment for life.

    You can help a lot by using an effective flea product every 4 weeks without fail. Washing dogs beds regularly in non-bio washing up liquid. Medicated bathing.

    Section 161 of the Highways Act 1980 (England & Wales) makes it an offence to discharge a firearm within 50 ft of the centre of a highway with vehicular rights without lawful authority or excuse, if as a result a user of the highway is injured, interrupted or endangered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apache View Post
    Diet can be a trigger factor. Randomly trying raw food may or may not help. To exclude diet as a cause we need to feed a specific exclusion diet offering protein and carbohydrate sources that are unique. Just feeding raw meat won't help if the dog was allergic to chciken etc.

    Skin is usually simple enough to get to the bottom of. Scrapes are useful but can have low sensitivity (ie there may be mites there, but just not collect any). Skin biopsies vital to see what is going on, and can sometimes reveal some of the harder to find mites. Food trial very useful to rule in or out a component of food allergy. Depending on the pattern and age then blood tests to rule out hormonal derangements (thyroid, steroid) and possibly allergy testing by either bloods or skin testing.

    That lot will get us to the bottom of 99% of skin cases. Many need ongoing treatment for life.

    You can help a lot by using an effective flea product every 4 weeks without fail. Washing dogs beds regularly in non-bio washing up liquid. Medicated bathing.
    That helpful , he has had a skin biopsy which was clear , when i say raw foods we were going to feed him exclusively on one meat (protein) which he has not been exposed to and a form of carbs he has not either . what would you suggest to bath him in , irronicly one other thing which coincided with the first fair up was us treating him with a flea treatment.

    ​Keith

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    What diet is he on now?

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    An exclusion diet requires a single protein source and a single carbohydrate source - ideally one the dog hasn't ever had before.

    Rabbit can be good. Venison if you have surplus. Potatoes make quite a good carbohydrate source as most dogs only get them very infrequently. You can go for weird ones like tapioca.

    Hoovering up a single bonio wrecks the whole thing.

    6 weeks with NOTHING else to eat - even if you have to muzzle dog when out.

    Section 161 of the Highways Act 1980 (England & Wales) makes it an offence to discharge a firearm within 50 ft of the centre of a highway with vehicular rights without lawful authority or excuse, if as a result a user of the highway is injured, interrupted or endangered.

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    Depends how the skin is as to the 'best' shampoo. I like Malaseb for infections and Sebolytic for greasy dogs. Malaseb prescription only.....

    Section 161 of the Highways Act 1980 (England & Wales) makes it an offence to discharge a firearm within 50 ft of the centre of a highway with vehicular rights without lawful authority or excuse, if as a result a user of the highway is injured, interrupted or endangered.

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    A friends dog and a skin condition and tried all sorts of treatment suggested by his vet none of which cured the problem. He was advised (by another friend) to try putting manuka honey on the affected areas and he claims this cured the condition. Could be worth a try!

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