German Shepherd Dog > Skin Issue on 9 month old GSD. (12 replies)
Skin Issue on 9 month old GSD.
by Gsdbs on 20 May 2012 - 15:39
|I have a 9 month old male wg showline pup who is having some sort of skin issue. I noticed yesterday a couple of small dry scabs on the back of his neck behind one of his ears. Today I noticed a few more behind the other. I haven't really noticed him scratching a lot, but they seem to be sensitive when I try to inspect them. He has a pretty thick coat but is blowing it right now. I also am in the process of switching his food from Wellness Super 5 puppy to Orijen puppy. Not sure if this could be a sign of a food allergy. He goes to the groomer about once a month and was there last Wednesday. I also brush him out everyday or two. I live in Texas and it is getting hot, but he spends most of the day inside in the AC. Any thoughts would be appreciated.|
by nypiper127 on 20 May 2012 - 15:50
|If it started when switching food...food allergy would be my first thought also. Compare ingredients carefully. Switch back to original food and see if it stops. I would have thought you would have noticed an uptick in scratching though. Are ears dirtier than normal....wax build up / smell also sign of allergies. NO snacks whatsoever when trying to identify / eliminate possible foos allergies. Also keep in mind fleas / mange.|
by Bhaugh on 20 May 2012 - 18:15
|Do you have flees in your area? He may be getting bitten by a bug of sorts. I would clip the hair away to allow it good ventilation and will help you see better should the spots get bigger.|
by marjorie on 21 May 2012 - 01:10
|a 50-50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water sprayed onto the scabby areas work really well to clear them up. Your dog will smeel like a salad, but it works!|
by ggturner on 21 May 2012 - 01:45
|Marjorie is right. I spray my gsds with apple cider vinegar and water for hot spots. It also repels fleas so I spray it on them before they go outside.|
by SitasMom on 21 May 2012 - 14:33
I had a dog that would develop hotspots every time she started shedding. A bath and extra brushing is the only thing that seemed to help. Vet said it was hormonal when she was spay it stopped. That being said, this doesn't apply to you....
What shampoo, conditioner"and good smell-ums" does the groomer use on him, has it changed? Do you actually talk to the groomer and ask if she/he noticed anything you should be concerned about (extra dirty ears, etc)?
Have you had the vet take a sample to see if its mange?
Have you had his ears checked for infections; yeast, mites, bacteria? Best done by a vet....
Getting a true diagnosis is much better then guessing and making the problem worse.
Sometimes when a dog has ear troubles, scratching them hurts so much they don't do it.
IMO - Its really cool to try to "fix" a problem all by your self, but its always best to see exactly what the problem is before deciding if you want to go with natural or conventional medicines.
by Gsdbs on 22 May 2012 - 23:50
|Ok so I went to the vet and he said he wasnt sure what it was. Scraped for mites/mange and came back negative. He gave him a weak steriod injection along with an antibiotic Simplicef. 200mg a day for 14 days. Also prescribed a topical spray called Betagen twice a day. That was Monday morning and it has now spread down his back. Vet said if I didnt see drastic improvement in next 5 days to bring him back. He still isnt scratching and seems to be in good spirits. He is drinking more water than usual and is eating fine. The vet said he didnt think it was a food alergy because they usually chew their feet and have issues there over their back. These lesions feel sort of like ticks on the back of his neck and his back but look like little clumps up in the base of his hair. Advise would be appreciated. It has obviously become worse each day since Saturday.|
by marjorie on 23 May 2012 - 04:22
|Had Missie T on antibiotics of every kind, even injectable. Only thing that worked was the apple cider vinegar.|
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by SitasMom on 23 May 2012 - 14:55
fly, mosquito, ants ?
trying the apple cider vineger can't hurt.
by heiko1 on 23 May 2012 - 18:03
|Have the vet check the infected area for ringworm.|
by Gsdbs on 23 May 2012 - 23:50
Looks like it was the food after all. Switched him last night to Natures Variety LB puppy instead of the Orijen Large Breed puppy and it seems to be clearing up. He also seems to be in better spirits. Guess it had something in it that he is sensitive to. Googled "Orijen allergy" and there were a few other threads on other breed sites that talked about the exact same symptons. Funny because vet assured me he didn't think it was a food allergy. Anyone know of a great GSD vet in the Houston area?
by Elkoorr on 24 May 2012 - 16:29
|Dont feed your vet to the wolfes just yet. They can be wrong, an animal just cant talk and tell. First diagnoses, especially with tests done being negative, are vague and a best guess. What follows is an on Rule-out basis.|
I went through a similar thing few years ago with my american line GSD. He was getting almost bald penny size spots on his ears with little scabs on the edges. No itching or scratching or stinky ears. Scrabing too came back negative. Then it went down to his muzzle and lips. I already knew he had some type of allergies, even though we never figured out to what directly allergic he was.
Once more I switched foods, this time to Wellnes LID Rice/Salmon. What a change and almost instant improvement! He still will get an occational hotspot on his hips in the spring, but sulfadene spray and an extra squirt of canola oil to his food takes care of that.
Here is a pic of the spots as it started:
by SitasMom on 24 May 2012 - 17:42
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suburbia north animal hospital
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