I have a very hyper normal 10month old lab. I got him when he was 8 weeks old back in July. around mid September I started noticing him scratching and becoming itchy. He started to lose a little bit of hair but nothing serious. I took him to the vet and she skin scrapped him for mange and found nothing. Gave me some steroids and anitobics. A couple weeks later wewere back at the vet for the same thing. This time she scrapped him for mange again and it of course came backnegative but gave me Ivemec just incase. She also did a fungal cultural. It also came back negative. Needless to say its now February and we still have them same issues. He has been to the vet a total of8 times and received numerous anitbodics as well as steroids. His hair loss now is so severe he I can't take him nowhere because because everyone says that dogs got the mange. He's been scrapped a total of 4 times and came back negative eveytims. His skin is now turning dark in spots. I'm at my wits end and even taken him for a 2nd opinion. The other vet said same thing. Please someone HELP!attached are some pics of Easton from September till now
What are you feeding him? Has the vet done a complete thyroid panel?
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Wow, that is bad! What is he eating? Sometimes it is allergies and a diet change to a protein they have not eaten before that is grain free does the trick. You can also try some high quality salmon oil on his food.
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He is eating taste of the wild and I give him 2 tablespoons of salmon oils 2times a day with his meals. The vet has mentioned a determologist but hasn't given me any names or recommendations. He has never been tested for thyroid problems I have mentioned it to the vet she said it was possible but normally with thyroid issues they don't itch like he's itching!
oDoes his coat feel a little greasy and smell a bit. Why I ask is have they tested for yeast?
If I tell you about Tess you may see if this is the same as your boy. I rescued Tess 18 months ago and she has had long term yeast infections. Itchy, bald and smelly. On the bald parts her skin goes black.It is black spots that join. This looks terrible, but comes off when teh vet scraps it. I put coconut oil (you can use any oil) on it and it keeps the skin clean. She also has red itchy ears.
The first place my vet looks when I take her is the groin which goes red.
Often when the vet takes a scrapping it is negative, but they know it is yeast. My vet said the first thing they learn in vet school is if a dog is smelly and doesn't come right after a bath think yeast.
From memory seeing Tessas vet notes I am sure she had it from a pup. Her allergy vet said if her owners had done something about her when she was a pup she would not be in the state she is now and not be so hard to treat. Most vets should be able to pick this up.
People used to move away from her when I got her so know how hard this is.
ETA. I shluld have said what we do.I use Melaseb twice a week and to get it under control once she has had a flare up we pulse with Nizarol. At the moment I am trying to get her off Pred as I don't like it. .
Last edited by kassabella; 02-17-2013 at 02:42 PM.
Yes his coat is very brittle and he does have a smell. He is on antibodic as well as ATopica. The Atopica works well to help control his itching.. but its like 100$ for 15 pills.
It took years to figure out why my 8 yo black lab had chronic yeasty itchy ears, chewed his pads on his paws raw, and just itched and itched...allergy to yeast, wheat, grain etc. finally put him on a grain free kibble with a raw mash (see barf diet) of veggies, cranberry and sometimes apple sauce. It's been 4 years without itching!
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I didn't see the photos last night. This looks like Tessas fur, but could well be something completely different.
As you see there are so many things it could be so I would see my vet again.
Many of us have dogs that itch in some shape or form and each is different. What works for one may not work for another. I have 2 allergy dogs and both very different so need different treatment and different food.