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Question by gitty
Submitted on 1/11/2004
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Our yellow lab has itchy,scabby areas on his back and the hair pulls out at these scabby areas.  It started under his legs and arms and actually turned the skin a dark color. Our vet thought is was a fungus but testing showed it isn't.  This seems to be spreading throughout the back.  Any ideas what it is?

Answer by bj
Submitted on 2/20/2004
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My Doberman had the same problem. I took her to the vets with an swollen lump on her throat, and he gave her  Prednisone. After a few days on that I noticed her itching and that god awful smell she had was gone. Her hair started growing in thick right away, and she quit itching and scratching all the time. I asked the vet and he said, yes, it does work, but it is a steroid and should not be used for long periods of time. My dog had suffered with it for 6 years or better. I decided to use it anyway to give her a better quality of life. I gave he one pill about every 3 to 4 days to just keep it under control. She was a much happier dog. Sometimes you have to fight with the vet to get them, but you usually win out in the end.


Answer by Sharon
Submitted on 3/24/2004
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I have two Rottweillers, and they both had something which sounds the same.  Scabs formed and they were soft and oozing, the hair came off everywhere that a outbreak occurred and it spread quickly.  I was told it was very contagious.  Also I was told it was possible that it was from parasites in the lake in which they swim.  I was told it was a bacterial infection.  Both dogs were given antibiotics orally and topically.  It took about a month for the hair to grow back.


Answer by Sparky
Submitted on 5/4/2004
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Hi my nickname is *Sparky*. I am not sure what it is but if your regular veternarian isn't sure you may want to talk to a veternarian that works for one of the vet hospitals. Well I hope everything goes well you have my wishes!!


Answer by nona
Submitted on 2/5/2005
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I also have a toy poodle who started itching and biting her feet and then legs. she was put on antibiotic's and then on steroids, it did not help.
another vet tested some tiny pimples on her body with a greenish color to them, and did scrapings of her scaly stuff...
He said the oozie stuff from the pimples showed a staph infection. but he didn't seem worried about that he said she was allergic to the food we had her on and also something outside.... he wants us to make her food for her out of rabbit, potato, canola oil, table salt, bonemeal, & multiple vitamin-mineral tablets(made for adult humans) I have never heard of this before.... I questioned him about a staph infection the worst kind a human can have which is MRSA I have been in and out of the hospital for the last 6 mths..operated on 4 times trying to clean the MRSA out of my body... I still have it, I'm afraid the dog now has a form of it... what do you think... I'm scared. she does not act sick no vomiting, diahrea, nothing of course I was and am not sick accept for really bad chills and my white blood count being very, very high.... thank !


Answer by maggie
Submitted on 12/18/2005
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Hi, I, too, have a dog with a similar problem -- small scabby areas, the hair comes of easily, and red raw skin is underneath. My dog is 3 1/2 yrs old.  We are the 4th household she's been in (and we will be the last -- we will not shunt her to yet another home). The reason I even mention this is that she is probably under a lot of stress having been in three previous homes where she wasn't truly wanted.  I know that she was starved, beaten, and at one point almost shot to death. Could her little scabs be a stress related symptom? When I don't wash my hair for more than three days running (I do a lot of back country camping) I get the same kind of skin condition on the nape of my neck. In humans it's called psoriasis, can dogs get psoriasis? If so are the treatments the same for canines? Can I use Neutragena T-Gel on a dog (it works fabulously for me)? On the other hand, could this be a diet related condition?  I don't think she's ever had a decent diet -- prior to coming to us she was fed whatever scraps were available. For the time being she's eating the same food as our other dog who's 9 yrs old -- Eukenaba senior maintenance formlula. It's pretty low in fat, could it be a lack of fat that's causing her scabs? She had them when she came to us, but now there seem to be even more. LITTLE GIRL is such a sweet pup, I wish I better understood what's happening with her both physically and emotionally.
There are no fleas in the picture, the doggy beds are washed every three days, and the pups are bathed once a month with the gentlest shampoo available on the market.  Does anyone have ANY ideas I can further research?
Thank you.


Answer by anaymous youth
Submitted on 2/26/2007
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Hi this is an anonymous youth and I want to be a veternarian when i grow up im only 12<just incase you think im 6> Can you tell mr a good high school to held ful fill that goal and some exciting emergency stories.


Answer by MARK
Submitted on 4/25/2007
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