I am the owner of an 8 month old shepherd mix (possible lab, rottie)
about 2 months ago we noticed that he had a scabbed, itchy spot on his face. we tried to fight this ourselves with polysporin and an e collar, but Houston is just awful with the e collar on so we slacked a bit. It got a bit better, but not gone. So we took him to the vet, the vet said could be mange but probably not. most likely allergies. sent us away after giving him a shot and vanectyl to take home. and it worked like a charm! the itching stopped, and his face healed up. of course, once the medication was finished, the itching and scabbing returns. i called the vet, to which we were told:
a) come get a skin scraping
b) come get more medication or
c) come get a cortisone cream.
does anyone have any advice? we are first time dog owners. I am 95% sure these are seasonal allergies as we havent changed food or anything.. and well, its spring. is there another route we could go instead of keeping him on vanectyl (its expensive!) as well as avoiding steroids?
also, is mange really a possibility with itching confined to one spot that cleared up with vanectyl?