So I have an awesome Black GSD Born Feb 2. Purchased from a breeder in north Florida. We got him home (north central florida) and things went a little south- pun intended. Breeder said he cleared on hookworms and wasn't- not a huge deal, we were taking him to the vet right away anyway. Vet made suggestions to me about some sore spots on his joints where he was losing hair attributed this to the cement pad he had been on up to that point. Fast forward just another week or two take him back in for severe scratching, Vet put him on CEPHALEXIN broad spectrum meaning to me IDK what it is but lets get it treated, thought that was fair. BTW those joint areas healed quickly and nicely, no baldness. Now over the last two days we have noticed on the inside of his front legs has scratched a large amount of hair off of the inside of his front legs.
Some things to note are:
Started him on the Blue Buffalo but switched to Royal Canin on the suggestion of our Vet.
BUT we do add an egg or chicken liver to his kibble. -sometimes with water
He does spend time in our pool (mostly on the raft) and the pool deck sometimes laying on the pool furniture or pool deck.
Our lawn isn't that great, he goes out to pee/poop (good consistency) and spends time chasing insects that I barely see. ants mosquitos even with no success (on or off leash) squirrels. He's in training so I do spend time with him off leash and he does come 75% of the time.
He enjoys his XXL crate sleeps in it fine and goes voluntary when the lights get cut off. maybe a nap or 2 during the day if our daughter is aggravating him to much
We will be taking him back to the Vet this week, just wanted to hear from the group as I just signed up today.
some of the attached pictures are older the ones showing his sore spots are from last night
PS was a Doberman guy from childhood until I joined the Army (no dog 20 yrs), retired a few months ago and the family agreed on GSD- really happy about that.