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Old 12-17-2012, 10:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm new to this so here goes. My silver sable shepherd's armpits are turning black and red. Also underneath his rear end and underneath back legs. He's light colored, kind of beige mixed with black and silver, but very light colored shepherd. Took him to the Vet and she said it's allergies and to put baby powder on them. Didn't work and they're getting worse. He licks them a lot. I feed him Blue Buffalo and always have. He's turning 6 yrs old and never had this problem before and we've always lived in this house. Sure would appreciate any ideas, or should I just take him to another Vet? Thanks,
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Staph infection or thyroid imbalance are possible culprits. Did the vet do a skin scrape? Get with a different vet.
Never heard of using baby powder on a skin problem. Gold bond, possibly....but not baby powder!
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Staph infection or thyroid imbalance are possible culprits. Did the vet do a skin scrape? Get with a different vet.
Never heard of using baby powder on a skin problem. Gold bond, possibly....but not baby powder!

Thanks, sounded a bit strange to me, too. I have 2 other dogs totally unaffected by this.
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Vitamin C supplement will help reduce inflammation and support the immune system. Omega oils help w/ skin and coat.
But I'd still get with another vet for some tests...what one dog has doesn't necessarily affect the others in the household.
Because the vet suggested baby powder would have me going elsewhere....very odd suggestion, but maybe they thought it was just chafing of the skin?
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Yeast infection?

Get you vet to check.
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Dog Hypothyroidism Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention

Desiccated thyroid extract - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kelp, Ashwagandha (works on stress hormones)

Link about cushings, but talks about thyroid.

Sounds like thyroid.

My dogs whole groin area turned black after a vaccination, I learned months later about kelp for the iodine (prior to putting on raw), used a tincture, he was between 3 & 4yrs....couple months on kelp, skin started to normalize...then switched to raw and skin completely pale pink again. He is now 8 and I think he is going to need a bit more then kelp as a small area in groin is blackening, not progressing, but definately think he has age related thyroid/possible immune. Looking into desiccated thyroid extract

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Thanks. Need to get a blood test done it sounds like. Appreciate all the responses. He's my best bud.
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Look into the link inside the Mercola link re: Dr. Jean Dodds re: "grey" area. Most vets only test T4//T3 and these could come back normal, but your dog could in fact, be heading to it. supplimenting with natural, before this happens could stimulate the thyroid to work. Synthetic meds. will take over hormone production and the thyroid will essentially get lazy and stop working all together...then meds will be req'd for life. Prevention in the form of already mentioned, search web too and titer (tests for antibodies - if dog has, then vax. not re'd) from now on, instead of re-vaccinating
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baby powder - you have got to be kidding . Baby powder isn't , hasn't , been used for babies , nor talc for after shower , for decades because of dangers to lung from fine talc powders being inhaled , and in girl babies with suspect cancers particularly ovarian cancer Study Links Baby Powder Use To Ovarian Cancer Risk CBS Pittsburgh - talc - scented talc was once an additive to hygiene products . important for your own healt - read Talcum Powder can cause cancer

your problem may be a sytemic fungal problem . I would find a good intergrative vet - get a diagnosis , then you can treat the CAUSE -- shampoo with Selsun Blue fortified for fungal , use Vetrycyn - good for bacterial / fungal --- and address through diet , environment .
first on the list though is get a Vet .
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baby powder - you have got to be kidding . Baby powder isn't , hasn't , been used for babies , nor talc for after shower , for decades because of dangers to lung from fine talc powders being inhaled , and in girl babies with suspect cancers particularly ovarian cancer Study Links Baby Powder Use To Ovarian Cancer Risk CBS Pittsburgh - talc - scented talc was once an additive to hygiene products . important for your own healt - read Talcum Powder can cause cancer

your problem may be a sytemic fungal problem . I would find a good intergrative vet - get a diagnosis , then you can treat the CAUSE -- shampoo with Selsun Blue fortified for fungal , use Vetrycyn - good for bacterial / fungal --- and address through diet , environment .
first on the list though is get a Vet .

My wife took him while I was working and when she told me what the Vet said I had the same reaction you did........baby powder??????? We live in a small town so not lots of choices, but there is another vet about 30 - 35 mi. away, but he's not open on Sat. where I can take him. She's going to have to take him again, but I told her I want a skin scrape and blood test done at minimum. I'll give the Selsun Blue a try in the meantime. Thanks a lot for the info. Common thread I'm seeing here is get another Vet, and I couldn't agree more.
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