That goes for buyers too! Research pedigrees, learn about genetics and don't buy impulsively(not saying you did at all, but many people just buy out of convenience and don't look at the breeders program which supports those breeders who don't do right by the dogs).
Was this vet a specialist?
I would get a second opinion,did the vet rule out a yeast infection that is causing the skin issue?
I'd do more research before going the route the vet suggests, and if that is your only option then so be it....Pred is a nasty drug with side effects, but sometimes there are no options
I would think there would be other alternatives to what your vet has suggested.
Canine Allergies and Your Dog's Health - Whole Dog Journal Article
Sorry for Moxy...she must be miserable!
I didn't buy from a breeder. I rescued her from the pound the day she was supposed to be PTS. She was emaciated and gross, but she had potential.
I have been to 3 different vets, and this one is the first one to offer a diagnosis that finally made sense. It's been ongoing for over a year, now. Unless I want to constantly spend money on antibiotics,anti-fungals....etc, then this is the maintenance that is required. The prednisone keeps the itching and scratching at bay, which keeps the infections down, same with the shampoo. So, I'd rather go this route, which will be cheaper in the long run, than following a constant cycle of antibiotics/antifungals. And, yes, she has a fungal/bacterial infection right now. So, that is part of the problem, and she is being treated for that. The vet said that the low dose of prednisone, given every other day, will be safe for her over the course of her life than prednisone given every day. He also wants to follow up with her next Friday to make sure this route is working. He was the one who said she should have never been bred.
I'm not trying to sound snippy. I'm still upset at the previous 2 vets that never offered solutions. They just said, "Skin infection" and left it at that. We ruled out flea and food allergies. It's been an uphill battle for a year and a half. There was a 2 month golden period while she was on Doxy for erlichiosis. I'm going to try this route, and we'll see how it goes. She still gets 1000mg of vitamin C daily, with probiotics, coconut oil, grain-free dog food, and raw treats. She got spoiled with some raw beef stew cuts last night. She and the little dog loved those.
I care very much about Moxy. She has an amazing disposition and has been a wonderful companion for our family. I go out of my way to make sure she is taken care of. So, that's why I'm really upset about irresponsible breeding. Especially in a breed like the GSD that is so prone to health problems as is.