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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-11-2017, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Question Go back to kibble?

Titan has skin issues and is on a raw. Would it all stop if I went on a high quality kibble like a Acana.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-11-2017, 10:24 PM
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That would depend entirely on if his skin issues are caused by food intolerances/sensitivities/allergies/malnutrition or if it is environmental.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-11-2017, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. He gets hotspots and before I gave him a bath I saw clumps of hair stuck together by some type of reddish yellowish substance, after I gave him a bath he now has small red spots and 1 hotspot.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-11-2017, 10:49 PM
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Food allergies are the least likely cause of skin problems, according to vet derms. It could happen, but there are lot of other more likely causes I'd be looking at first.

Bacteria, fungus, and parasites would be at the top of my list of suspects. So would an environmental allergy. Have you done a skin scrape? Had a vet look at the hot spot?
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No, each time we go to the vet she just gives him a shot and some non itching pills which really don't help a lot.

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I just took another peek at his hotspot. I lifted his hair up and there was more hair stuck on the hotspot. I grabbed that hair and lifted it up. When I did that it also lifted up part of his skin and there was blood. I'm going to get a vet appointment and ask them for a skin scrape. I will also probably do an allergy test to see what he's allergic to.

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And also can the raw meat give him the bacteria, fungus or parasite.

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No, a skin infection would not be from the meat.

Hot spots can happen for lots of reasons, but they're easily treated. They tend to be seasonal. My vet says hot spots are the #1 reason for people bringing dogs into the clinic, in our moist climate. I keep a bottle of prescription spray and as soon as one starts, we spray it so that it doesn't get bad. Vetericyn spray (over the counter, no prescription needed) can be a big help too, if you catch them early.

A skin scrape for persistent itching is usually the first line of approach, not allergy testing. It takes 5 minutes and is very inexpensive -- they mount the scraping on a glass slide and look under the microscope to see what came off the dog. Sometimes there's a bacterial colony on the dog (staph, usually) that needs to be knocked out. Or mites.

If the vet hasn't been successful treating it in the past, an appointment with a vet dermatologist can save a lot of time and money in the long run. I would consult with one before spending a lot of money on allergy testing. Your vet can refer you, or you can find one with this directory:
Veterinary Specialist Directory - Find Veterinary Specialists - VetSpecialists.com
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