I'm new here. So, before I begin thank you for reading this. I am having issues with my 4 year old lab Chewy. It started about 5 months ago. He broke out in this god awful rash that pretty much is the equivilent of hives in humans. I mean you could see the rash through his coat. Off to the vet we went and he was given steroids and got better. A month later same thing happened. We changed his food to HA and have been keeping him from rolling in the grass. However, still he keeps breaking out. He's been on steroids for the past 4 months gaining 45lbs. We did a thyroid test I get the results tomorrow. However, i'm wondering if anyone has come across this in their lab. Any advice or ideas on whats going on?
What is HA? Have you seen a dermatologist? Was a skin scraping analysis done?
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Same questions here.
the steroids are only masking the problem IMO, not getting rid of it.
Ok I talked to my vet this morning. His thyroid test he had yesterday came back. It was very low. So we're starting him on meds for it this afternoon. We're still doing the food trial with him on HA(the prescribed hypo allergenic food).
Any other advice?
Thank you again!
If this was my dog, I would see a dermatologist as well. Also - look hard at the hypo allergenic food ingredients. You may do better with a novel protein/carb food like duck/sweet potato.
Did he advise you use any sort of bath like Aveeno?
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Yes I have an aloe bath to use with him. It hasnt helped much. You can use aveeno?
I'd stick with the HA (it's a hydrolyzed protein food and very good for possible food intolerances), and definitely get to a dermatologist asap. Steroids alleviate the symptoms but don't solve the underlying problem. (And cut back on the food and treats! 45 lbs yikes!)
Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten. - Cree prophecy
We have to be off steroids for 6 weeks before we can see the dermatologist. Starting monday he'll be completely off them for 1 week. So... we're waiting on that. We are cutting back on food thankfully!
He has hair loss too and it's coming in slowly. It's lost its shine though. Hopefully that will come back too.
He started his thyroid pills tonight. He's doing ok. He's such a good dog always happy even when he doesnt feel too good.
Thyroid issues will make the coat dull. Once you get the levels up to where they should be, the luster and shine will come back. Aveeno is a great shampoo to use for dry itchy skin. As for the hives, it may be food or environmental. I would lean toward environment. Have you switched laundry soaps or anything like that that you use on his bedding? Make sure you do a double rinse on the bedding. I had some dogs react to a change in laundry soap. Also if you have used a new cleaner or even maybe something monthly that you use on him or in the yard?
With the food don't feed any other treats or food. Just the HA. Nothing else... not a crumb.I made that mistake and thought it was food, forgetting a little treat, or crust of bread could be a problem. It wasn't until I went 6 weeks with only the prescription food that things changed.