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Old 12-03-2012, 02:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have two GSs. One is a recent rescue (Heide), and the other we raised from a pup (Brock). We are currently having problems with Brock. He is 15 months now and starting around 6 months he started to have break outs/rashes on his under side. We have sought advice and several failed fixes from several vets. We at first thought it was a food allergy so we changed foods several times, and took away all treats. It seemed to work for a few months but came back even worse, with hot spots on his back side, and red swells on his under side which would look like blisters. We have him on a medication for skin issues now which keeps his biting and itching to a minimum. We are still looking for long term fixes though. We have him on Nuvet, and are feeding him "Call of the wild". We dont give him treats. We have chickens, goats, and a horse. If any one has any ideas or knows a good vet who specializes in skin related problems we would greatly appreciate it. Thanks-
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Was he ever treated for mange? I had a problem years ago with our GSD Cheyenne, finally I went to a different vet, diagnosed him with mange and after treatment he was fine.
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I agree with Kya, but also wanted to note: you stated that you have changed foods several times ... how long were they on each food ... it takes a while for the "bad" food to leave the system, and the "new" food to kick in.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have never thought of it being mange. He has lost no hair, and the rash is only around his genitals. But the vet has never mentioned if yet either. They did do tests on it to see what it was but could only say it was an infection. I will ask him. When I changed foods its was after several months at a time. Thanks for the ideas!

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Old 12-03-2012, 05:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Started around 6 months old, not long after first rabies vax.? Was/is he on any heartworm/flea/tick prevention? any more vax in past year.
Has the vet used abx. or sterooids?
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