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01-02-2014 09:09 PM
DShea ok back for an update. My vet called me a few days ago and told me that Mako's stool sample tested negative, so thats good. Mako is doing great, not itching at all really but its the medication that im giving him. only have a few pills left....so i guess this is only temporary, but i did catch him licking his hotspot once over the weekend. the hotspot is greatly reduced in size and almost healed.

thanks for all your responses! i will stop the flea topical and see if i notice anything, also i will try to bath him every weekend. I will try the z/d ultra dog food for 3 months as well...i know some of you are against it, but im just going to try what my vet is recommending.

i should be going to the vet sometime next week for a check up
12-30-2013 10:25 PM
Momto2GSDs
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Originally Posted by DShea View Post
well i got back from the vet thursday, and Mako has an infection in his anal glands and found no fleas or ticks on him. My vet came me some medication for the hot spots (Cephalexin pills, and quadritop apply on hotspot) also gave me Prednisone 10mg.

i had to send at stool sample to see if any parisites are in his intestines, may be related to his anal infection? im not sure. since ive been back from the vet thursday Mako has not itched one bit! im not sure if its the prednisone pill or what...

also i cannot do an allergy test yet untill all medication is complete, i guess it will give me mixed results.But my vet has recomended me switching food to Hill's prescription diet z/d ultra allergen free. any thoughts on this food? and sentinal flea medication?

i wont be back for an update till next thursday, going on vacation and mako will be comming with me

The 5th ingredient is sawdust (powdered cellulose)! Here is an article about Allergen-Free food: The Problem with Allergen-Free Pet Food

IMHO, I would not use a topical and add more chemicals to your dogs fragile immune system.

Hope your baby gets better.
Moms
12-30-2013 10:00 PM
KristineCantey We seem to be having the same issue here. My pup is on z/d ultra and she loves it, however; it doesn't do anything for her itching We did raw for a while and she was never better, except she had stomach issues with it. We are altering the diet so hopefully that works. I know the price of the prescription food you are looking at and it is insane. We are trying to get prednisone as well but the vet is giving us the run around on that one. I would suggest a good raw diet.You can find some great dog food stores that have it all made and ready to eat or make it yourself. We just buy chickens from the store, added some organ meats, some fish and fish oils, the right veggies with it and throw it all in a food processor. Separate it into servings and freeze. Couldn't be easier. Hope your vacation was good and I really hope your pup is feeling better soon, I know how crappy the itching is.
12-27-2013 08:46 PM
llombardo Benadryl for the licking of the paws..its generally hayfever. Coconut oil on the hot spots. One of my dogs just started itching consistently recently..I thought fleas to, but it turned out to be dry skin. Gave him an oatmeal//green tea leaf bath and that helped tremendously. I also don't give him any flea medications during the winter.
12-27-2013 07:35 PM
JakodaCD OA is it necessary to give him any flea preventative? I would try to NOT use any type of flea meds on him, he may be allergic to 'that'.

I'm not a fan of SD food, but if it works go for it.

I use Vetericyn for 'everything', hot spots, sores, itchiness..

Hoping he can get some relief..the poor thing, that sore looks nasty
12-27-2013 07:23 PM
DShea well i got back from the vet thursday, and Mako has an infection in his anal glands and found no fleas or ticks on him. My vet came me some medication for the hot spots (Cephalexin pills, and quadritop apply on hotspot) also gave me Prednisone 10mg.

i had to send at stool sample to see if any parisites are in his intestines, may be related to his anal infection? im not sure. since ive been back from the vet thursday Mako has not itched one bit! im not sure if its the prednisone pill or what...

also i cannot do an allergy test yet untill all medication is complete, i guess it will give me mixed results.But my vet has recomended me switching food to Hill's prescription diet z/d ultra allergen free. any thoughts on this food? and sentinal flea medication?

i wont be back for an update till next thursday, going on vacation and mako will be comming with me

12-26-2013 01:04 PM
gagsd Undiagnosed sarcoptic mange can also be an issue.
I prefer frontline spray. Treat, then again in 2-4 weeks.
This will take care of mange and/or fleas (on the dog). As another poster said, a dog with flea allergies can be affected by 1 single flea. You may never see it but the dog will. So consider the home and yard when treating.

Food allergies are possible. If that is the case then a better quality food may not make a difference. You need a novel protein. Something the dog has never had before. Like Kangaroo or duck. You would want to stay on that food for 6 weeks. No other treats except that protein.

And of course it could be environmental. Soap/shampoo. Plants, grass. An allergy panel may be helpful at that point.
12-26-2013 07:52 AM
MadLab
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Madlab, was your dog just getting hot spots because of beeing in the water? was he/she itching and scratching too?
I don't know. People say they are due to the dogs skin being damp. Maybe they are due to some fungal or bacterial infection.

My dog got them mainly on his neck and back. He also got some on the base of his tail and on his side which he did scratch and bite until bloody.

Neem works as a anti fungal, bacterial, viral and stops pests and is good for skin and hair. So it is covering all angles.

IMO too much synthetic medication is bad for a dogs natural defense system and should be avoided. It is possible to find alternatives in nature. But people and vets love medication so they can feel they are doing whats best for the animal.

I think diet is important since i seen a change in my dogs from going 50/50 raw.
12-25-2013 10:57 PM
Sunflowers Try nutriscan. It helped us tremendously. Also check for fleas. All it takes is one flea bite to trigger some pretty awful reactions.

NutriScan Food Sensitivity and Intolerance Test for Cats and Dogs
12-25-2013 09:27 PM
Redhdmedic Hi there!

I was hoping to hop on your thread and see if we can both get some answers together...seems we are pretty close geographically and have similar issues! Our girl Stella is about 5 y/o, we adopted her in the spring of 2012 and found her to have some trouble with itching/hot spots and switched to grain free/LID and all was well with the exception of occasional moments of itchiness...however this fall she started getting itchy and has been a wreck since...we keep going to the vet, doing round after round of steroids/antibiotics and baths and it clears for a few days then starts again...we did just toss in the towel and decide to try to raw route because I seriously cannot handle her being so uncomfortable...we've also been adding coconut oil...
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