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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-07-2014, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Whats Wrong with My German Shepherd

First off this is my first post but I'm not having any luck it seems with my vet or looking online. I have a female german shepherd who will be 2 here in a few months. Shes been in great health till this last December. In December we started noticing a patch of hair started thinning out to almost nothing in a couple weeks, the rest of her coat was fine. We took her to our vet, he said it seemed like anxiety where she was biting at it herself and causing the hair loss. Vet said it was a little inflamed and had little bumps, he gave her a shot and prescribed an antibiotic to take. We started her on the medicine and then sent her to a 3 week obedience course where they continued it. When I picked her up most of the spot had cleared up and hair regrew and she looked really good. After being home a week the spot started getting worse again and this time it had spread to another spot on her opposite side, the back of her thighs, base of her tail and real bad on her ears. Again took her to the vet and again another shot and same medicine. He says its allergies and dry skin. Shes always been on the same food with no problems, we give her oatmeal shampoo bathes and nothing seems to help. Shes been on the medicine for a week now with no changes. She still eats fine, no change in weight or behavior, shes still very active, the spots don't seem to bother her besides occasion scratching. They are not red but white. Any ideas please???

Just to add we live in ohio in a 100 year old home with a gas furnace. It is very dry in our house if that makes a difference. Thanks
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Maybe ask them at the obedience school, what they suggest. Is it a lot cooler there? Maybe you could try a humidifier at your house. Maybe there is something in your house she is allergic to. Maybe get a second opinion from a different Vet. "just threw a few things out for you to ponder"

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Given the location it could very well be a flea allergy. Clearly being on her ears it isn't anxiety chewing.

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Hi, I'm not really qualified to make a guess, but would it be possible to get a second opinion from another vet? Did you actually see her chewing at herself? And, I wonder if she was fed different food when she was at the training? If so and it cleared up when she was eating something different, maybe it's food allergy related. Even if she's always been fine with her food, the manufacturer can change something and cause a problem for your dog. If she was eating the same food, is it possible some cleaning product in your house is causing irritation? There are so many things that could end up with skin/fur problems, it seems like the vet could do some more investigating before just giving antibiotics. (Sorry, throwing antibiotics at a problem without knowing the cause is my PET PEEVE!) Good luck, hope you find a solution
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With a construction background working in the Hollywood Hills hundred year-old homes are an absolute nightmare. If you click on my name and look at some recent posts you will see what I'm doing with my puppy. My vet is an allergy specialist I have the puppy on coconut oil plant enzymes and something that is called; mineral clay. My vet indicated today that carrots can be a problem. I won't going to specifics but it creates estrogen in the adrenal glands. If it was me go to the health food store and get some virgin coconut oil give a half a teaspoon per meal or a teaspoon a day start the dog on plant enzymes as quickly as possible and then slowly add the mineral clay if that doesn't help in a month then you need to consult an allergy specialist vet. The dust in the attic and in the ventilation system being the hundred years old with asbestos dust dirt mice droppings etc. is an absolute nightmare
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Another vote here for coconut oil! Feeding it and rubbing on the skin. Can't hurt, my guy had itchy problems for years and annual shots. No reason found??

The first year was the worst! He's a black dog, grey skin and his skin turned bright red!!! No cause found?? That never happened again but persistent yearly itching and an annual shot in Sept for 6 years???
I started doing the Coconut thing and it does seem to help (vet did prescribe fish oil but it seemed to make no difference) he is doing much much better with the Coconut oil, if we make it through Sept..I'll be sold!
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is it look like this?

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-12-2014, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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I took some pictures, nothing has changed with the medicine the vet gave. Hope the weather brakes so we can open some windows and air out the house
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I don't know where you are, but I would call around and find a vet that specializes in dermatology. Or if you are in a large city, you might consider contacting a local vet teaching hospital and ask them for referrals to a dermatology specialist in your area.

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Is the first picture her ear? If she scratching as well, keep her toenails trimmed, won't solve your problem, but may limit the damage.
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