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    Default In desperate need of Vet advice..Any vets on here??

    Hi I am desperately seeking other advice and hoping amongst you there may be a vet. I have a bull terrier X 16 mths old and has terrible skin. She has had bad hair loss and it is covered in little pimple type things, her feet are badly affected and all swollen but they are all over her. They can get pussy. She always feels very hot. We have had her to the vet twice and given antibiotics and ivomectin but nothing has really helped. We have also given her advocate incase if was a mite and that is also not really helping. She also has a chesty cough and alot of gunk coming out of her eyes and ears are very VERY waxy. I am at my wits end and am about to do a 800km trip to take her to my vet in my hometown but hoping to get some advice on here that may help....

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    Diet! Look at what you are feeding it, my Mums dog had the same but with arthritis (young dog) & was told to put her down, instead she put her on a raw food diet and the dog is good as new. Just a thought.

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    Perhaps an allergy? Our dog had a grass allergy and had terrible skin and hair issues.

    Good luck in finding some answers.

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    My sisters dog has something similar, it's called pyodermis (sp?) Apparently dogs like yours are prone to it, she has her dog on antibiotics all the time, shes started putting a bucket collar on her dog because it chews it's sores, she sprays them with citrogen spray and it's improved alot.

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    *raises hand*

    At first thought, I'd say allergy. Flea bite dermatitis present the skin symptoms you describe. Pink, itchy skin, especially around the belly area, and loss of hair above the base of the tail are other signs.
    It can be set off with contact with anything flea related; not just fleas but also hair from dogs that have fleas!

    The feet, though, make me think it could be allergy to something she's walking on or having contact with. If you have new rugs, carpet or even a new fabric washing liquid in your house, it can set off an allergic reaction that causes swelling in the pads, open wounds, pus and extreme itchiness.

    Limit her to a certain place, like the kitchen, for a few days and see if it improves.

    With her ears, pull them back gently and have a look inside. They should be light pink and have no smell.
    If they're red, inflamed, swollen, smelly, yellow/brown, or you can see little flecks of brown or black inside them, it's either ear mites or otitis externa/interna/media....all treatable.

    For her skin, the vet will probably prescribe diphenhydramine. It's an antihistamine and if allergy is the cause, will help a lot.
    Washing with an oatmeal shampoo will also help.
    Cut out grain from her diet.

    The cough worries me. Especially combined with the skin and ears. It could be distemper. It's less common now that 50 years ago, but a very serious illness.
    Other symptoms of distemper are fever, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness in the legs, irritability, loss of appetite, hard to breathe/raspy lung sounds. In last ditch cases, convulsions.

    If the cough is a hacking sound, like a dry throat cough, it could also be kennel cough.

    Vet is your best bet, but take these suggestions with you to cross them off the list. At the time of looking at a patient it's hard to think of absolutely everything it could be, and something important can be missed.

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    I agree with diet. Try a prescription diet from your vet and only feed her that for 8 weeks and see if there is any improvement. Some premium food companies do a sensitive skin food which you could try first if you can't get to the vet. Normally its a beef protein causing skin problems. You can also cook kangaroo mince and rice if you want to make your own. Also try a spoonful of natural yoghurt as I've heard probiotics can help skin allergies as it kills the yeast in the digestive track. I might be totally off but thats what I would be trying.

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    Also get them to check the dogs thyroid, my dog had sparse hair, oily/smelly skin, black pigmentation, pimples, and problems with her ears. We tried diet changes/ allergies, etc. but it was a combo of thyroid problems and mange. It was treated with thyroid pills an ivomectin drops for the mange.

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    3 years ago my adorable 6month old ridgeback puppy started getting very itchy and losing hair, he would lick and scratch til he was bleeding and was obviously miserable. He was tested for mites and mange etc but all clear. We tried normal vets, courses of steroids, sprays and washes all reduced the symptoms a little but as soon as we stopped it came back with a vengeance. We saw an animal dermatologist who tried a different diet, frontline incase it was flea bite dermatitis, but to no avail. We then headed down the path of skin patch testing and it showed he was allergic to dust mites, palm, clover, privet, poplars, Lincoln grass, buffalo grass and 6 other varieties of plant/grass! This stuff is eeeeverywhere so removing him from having contact with these things was impossible. We went down the path of immunotherapy where we inject him with his allergens at set rates and intervals to encourage his body to make its own antibodies and hopefully cute or dramatically reduce his reaction without having to resort to corticosteroids. 3 years on we are on our last vial and we have never looked back. We still have occasional flare ups but easily treated with aloveen washes and conditioners and a low low dose of cortisone to break the itch.
    If the dog has pimply red skin I can almost guarantee it has 1st level infection, if it's not oozy and smelly then this is easily treated with malaseb wash once a day, leave soap on for 10 minutes then rinse off and apply pyohex conditioner to the feet and bad bits (belly I'm guessing?) and leave it on. Once the red pimples are gone (takes up to 2 weeks) you can switch to the aloveen shampoo and conditioner as needed usually once a week but it will reduce just watch your doggie. Happy to chat more about allergies in dogs if you want to PM me

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    All of the above but I would lean towards allergy. If you can get a course of steroids and antihistamines it may help get it under control while you figure out the cause.

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    Hot spots? Google them. Pretty sure my sisters dogs have these exact symptons this is what they are.

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