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Old 11-13-2012, 09:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys...hoping someone might be able to help. We've had Callie at the vet 4 times now and actually saw different vet for a second opinion. She has an isolated itchy spot behind her left shoulder. It gets bumps and scabs. She digs and some of the hair has fallen out and the hair that is in that spot is dry feeling. We tried an antibiotic...a steroid, topical spray, we have gone grain free and she eats Taste of the Wild lamb. The second vet we went to did a culture and let it grow for 10 days and she said it was negative for fungal and ring worm. We are on amoxicillan and an antihystamine now. It seems a little better after I bathed her in a special shampoo but she's still itching. It seems we have the vets stumped. Anyone have any experience?
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like contact dermatitis. We have been dealing with this also, Suki has been getting welts and then hard scab like bumps in localized areas around the back legs and rump area and most recently around her face and ears. We have it pretty much narrowed down to flea allergy. She is not infested, and she gets monthly treatment but just one bite from a single flea and she breaks out in hives. The subsequent itching that she does is what causes the severe scabbing. We usually just use a topical anti-itch spray at the first sign of a bump and then treat the scabby areas with antibiotic/pain relief ointment. We haven't quite figured out how to avoid the problem all together yet, but we're trying different things.

Does your dog get treated for bugs monthly? Also - could your pup have come into contact with a chemical, or have you tried or used a different cleaning product recently? GSDs are very sensitive in the skin department, something as simple as that could be causing the irritation.
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Both vets checked for fleas...we even tried to use the comb on here and haven't seen anything. Love her heart...
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Are you using a spot on treatment for prevention re: fleas/ticks/heartworm?
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What sprays have you tried? Duoxo makes a great allergy spray that I have actually used on myself! Heals and gets rid of the itch beautifully. I am now trying it out on Hans's itchy areas.
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Have they done a skin scrape for mange?
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Yes I have the same problem. Sasha gets hot spots on her rear toes and in between. We have no idea what it is. It's not fleas and not her food, since I have switched it twice already. Vet recommended medicated shampoos, genesis topical spray and I use vetericyn. She also scabs on her stomach


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They did scrape for mange. Negative. Medicated shampoos, topical spray from the vet. We thought about fish oil but it's isolated so it's not all over.
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Vet also combed her really well to see if he could spot any fleas...no fleas. My other dog has a fine white coat and we could spot fleas easily on him and haven't seen any.
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What about topical spot on treatment from the vet or pet store - have you used these for flea prevention?
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