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Question by Cindy
Submitted on 1/26/2004
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I am looking for other owners of JRTswith skin conditions--especially of the ears.  We have a 2 year old male JRT with an undiagnosable skin conditions on both ears.  Our vet is baffled. His ears clear up somewhat with Neosporin, and topical Heartworm medicine helped somewhat, but nothing clears it up completely.  Anyone else with this problem?

Answer by Donna
Submitted on 2/16/2004
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You didn't describe the condition???  I have a Jack female that had her ears lose the hair and get dry and leathery.  My vet thinks it is just a fatty acid deficiency.  Have you tried putting your dog on a supplement for the skin?  My favorite is Linatone plus with zinc combined with brewers yeast with garlic tablets.  It gives them a really healthy glow to their coats and reduces the shedding.  I also have my dogs on Pro Plan dog food Chicken with Rice formula.  I shy away from the grocery chain food.  I don't think it is as healthy as the other foods.


Answer by Jill
Submitted on 9/8/2005
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I am getting very frustrated with my dogs skin condition and was glad I came across this webpage to find that I am not alone. My one year old male JRT has had skin problems since 6 months. He had been diagnosed with ringworm, ear infections, and eye infections. Symptoms include itching his ears and muzzle that leave a red hot area at first, and then with in a day turns into a rusty-colored flakey area...HELP!!! Nothing seems to work. I bathe him once a week religously in antiinfective shampoo from the vet, he is on ketoconazole for a ? fungal infection, and  antibiotic eye/ear drops. It will subside for a month, and then reappear. I am going to the vet today, and will absolutely get another opinion if she cannot find the real cause of the problem. Could this possibly be allergies? I read somewhere that licking the paws is a symptom of allergies, which my JRT often does, does this sound right? Please, Please, Please someone help me and my best friend...we are both miserable!!!!!!


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