1) Sores at corners of the mouth:
My 2 year old boy has some sores on the corners of the mouth. I have treated it in the past with Betamethasone clioquinol cream successfully. (Cleaned area with hydrogen peroxide, applied cream. Results are very good. Over night there is reduced inflammation, and within 48 hours of application, symptoms disappear).
But it keeps coming back.
I suspect it is dryness / infection exacerbated with him scratching it.
Have applied neosporin tonight.
Problem is: it keeps coming back. Not sure if it is auto immune disease.
It does not seem to bother him. He eats and plays as normal. At first I suspected the large "Nylabone". So we stopped giving it to him. But the problem persists. His diet is 50/50 Kirkland signature chicken and rice and raw chicken.
2) Sores on the back.
He used to have very bad dryness / red spots on his back. I thought it was due to "hot spots". Again betamethasone clioquinol would help for a few days, but the problem would reappear.
We saw the patches of affected area increase significantly over time, and were worried about mange.
But since applying frontline plus the problem has gone away. On the first application of frontline plus the problem receded. Within 1 week the redness and bumps disappeared, areas affected shrank noticeably. Within 2 weeks, there were small one or two red spots only. Within 3 weeks, only dryness and flakes. On the 4th week, the skin was healthy!
We administered frontline once every month for 3 months, then gave it 1 month 20 days of break (instead of 1 month), and we saw the problem reappear. Not so much as redness or bumps, but he started scratching his back again, and the area was a bit bloody due to him biting the affected area. We didn't wait, we administered the frontline plus.
Once we applied the frontline plus, and the back problem disappeared.
We are planning on a cycle of 1 month 15 days between the reapplication of frontline plus.
Note: The sores on the corners of the mouth persist during the frontline plus treatment.
3) Hip joints cracking.
He has a habit of getting up and stretching himself, especially after a prolonged period of inactivity, like waking up in the morning, or just lazing around while the others finished a movie, etc. He stretches his front legs and hind legs.
He will keep stretching his hind legs, till there is an audible cracking sound. One single crack. Reasonably sharp.
We have fed him kibbles with glucosamine and chondritin since he was 1 year of age. And 1 glucosamine / chondritin tablet twice a week since he was 6 months of age to 1 year. From 1 year of age, he has been getting 3 tablets a week. Now it is 1 tablet a day.
He goes on at least a 2 to 4 mile walk a day. I used to take him to the doggie play yard. But have stopped since the joint cracking started.
He does not show any problems / indications of being in pain whatsoever. Like a healthy pup, he gambols around the house and likes to jump, run, play.
But I am playing it safe.
Also, no history of hip dysplasia in his family line in the past 3 to 4 generations. He came OFA certified with a 2 year guarantee. Breeder is reputable.