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Old 05-22-2014, 01:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Losing fur - but it's not mange. Help!

Has anyone had this experience?

My 7 month old male has several small patches of fur loss. Started around his eyes, nose and mouth. Then we noticed a few tiny patches on each of his legs. Sounds just like Demodex, right? Vet thought so also, but he's had 4 negative skin scrapings on two different occasions.

Vet says she is surprised that she can't find the mites so she thinks it may be some type of skin infection HOWEVER even that is puzzling to her because skin infections are usually itchy and smelly. He does not itch nor smell.

So we decided to treat him with antibiotics and weekly shampoos with an anti-bacterial/anti-fungal shampoo. If it does not clear up we'll need to get more testing done and possibly see a vet dermatologist.

As a side note which may or may not be related, when he was 12 weeks old he developed a rash on his belly which went away after some antibiotics. Then when he was 4 months old he had a yeast infection on his belly which cleared up with the medicated shampoo.
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Old 05-22-2014, 01:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Did you check thyroid?

Is he itchy? Allergies? My dog was losing all her fur from allergies last summer and had pyoderma.
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No he is not itchy. No known allergies...yet. No blood work has been done, but if these antibiotics and shampoos do not work that will be the next step.
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What heartworm/flea/tick prevention are you using?

Did you start this at same time as rabies vaccine?
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He is on Trifexis. I started him on it about 3 weeks after his rabies vaccine.
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He is on Trifexis. I started him on it about 3 weeks after his rabies vaccine.
Think you found your issue...worried about HW, then stick to ivermectin (I only suggest b/c you are in florida otherwise I say pass on toxic pestisides), but have an MDR1 test done first.

look at "wondercide" - google it, for flea control.

Read this

Owners blame 700 dog deaths on Trifexis

and this

AVMA and EPA on Flea/Tick products
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It is not unusual to be unable to get a read for mites on a scrape, or two or three or many many more. I'd guess mange mites and treat for them. If it solves the problem, there's your answer.
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I was wondering about the Trifexis too... It sure does look like demodectic mange - not that I've ever seen it before, but it sounds just like all the descriptions. The vet thought so too. She took several skin scrapings though, she said they were "good deep scrapings". She also said the mites can hide sometimes but that they aren't that difficult to find.
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Maybe Ringworm?
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Old 05-25-2014, 07:47 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Go see Dr. Hill
Underhill Animal Hospital
4900 Lake Underhill Rd
Orlando, FL, 32807
(407) 277-0927

He takes care of all the K9s in the area. Make sure it's Dr. Hill, though. He is the owner and the best.
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