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3 weeks several trips to vets (2 different) and none can assist. Dropped about $500 so far and the poor dog isnt showing much improvement.

We have a specialist in the dog possible calling today. Got an email from her this morning. So maybe we will have a solution. Local vets are thinking lupus, we still think its a major allergy mixed with a yeast and possible staff infection from improper diagnosis and a month of infection.








































 

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Sorry the photos arent great, we need a new camera. all 4 paws are raw, and what isnt raw is scaled and ash and peeling and turing into raw skin. Hot spots everywhere on the legs, chunks of the nose coming out. Ear infection irratated skin on the belly and neck/muzzle.

We started him on benadryl yesterday and antibiotics, and has already been treadted with steriods and medication for the ears and eyes for yeast.
 

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Damn, that doesn't look very good.. I wish I could tell you what to do, but have no idea.. I hope someone knows how to treat it..
 

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hey i figured it was worth a shot. Never know what one does for a living. I have a few docotrs I ride with, no vet though. The specialist actually called and we sent her more information on the medicines he has been on. She is going to call back tonight. Looks like one serious case of allergies so far.
 

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My dog had similar symptoms to that after we took it in for your standard worming and vaccination. It ended up being an auto immune disease which appears to be all to commonly occuring after vaccination in older dogs these days. She had similar conditions on her belly and legs and ugly looking ulcers in the mouth which caused her to stop eating. Look up autoimmune hemolytic anemia i think its called and pray that your dog doesn't have it.

Initially they thought paralysis tick, alergies, then food poisoning and all these other things but in the end it was the dogs immune system attacking itself. Saddest day of my life so far was saying goodbye...they become part of the family. :(
 

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Thats still a possibility, but with the benadryl he has perked up over the last 2 days.
Changing his diet again after conversations last night. I have heard a few stories like yours the past few weeks doing research, and the auto immune is a some what common problem, but mine is a 11 month old dog. Everything is screaming allergies for this breed, but an old fashioned vet with the mentality of no bathing a dog wit shampoos which we followed might have been the downfall for our dog.
 

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What breed is it :O My first Alaskan Malamute had life-long skin problems, turned out he was allergic to "house" dust and nettle pollen!! When he was quite ill, we fed him on what is called a "total exclusion diet", in other words boiled rice and chicken!! Totally hypo-allergenic (sp.) and also good for helping to clear up upset stomachs.

It cost a small fortune in steroidal creams, injections, pills and check-ups at the Vet's but he was family..............I hope it gets better for you all :thumbup
 

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I feel bad for your doggie. I hope he/she makes a full recovery soon. I hate to see dogs in pain.

Now cats, on the other hand, is a different story.
 

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My dog is an English Springer Spainel. Much like your malamute spaniels are commonly alergic to something. My last cocker spaniel was allergic to fleas, that was an easy fix. This is new, we have had a lot of mold spores (mushrooms) and such with all the rain this summer, and with all the reading the first fall can be awful for a pup. If he does have an auto immune dificiency and allergies its going to be a tough battle getting him healthy. Going to get him knocked out and have some skin removed and get some testing done on the cells. So far skin scrapes and blood test are all normal.
 

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So sorry for your pup! I have worked in a small animal hospital as a vet tech for over a year now, and have seen quite a bit. I am no vet, but from what I can see, and can compare to what I've seen in the clinic, here are my thoughts. If you want to rule out a food allergy, you need to feed a food that your dog hasn't ever had. What we recommend is duck and potato, venison and potato, or kangaroo and potato.All of which are by prescription only and available at a lot of small animal hospitals if yours doesn't carry it. Another thing the vets try is Temaril-P, a steroid, which is started with a loading dose and is gradually decreased over three to four weeks. And if all else fails, they try Atopica, a medication for atopic (skin) problems. Unfortunately, it is a horribly expensive medication, and you have to start out with quite a bit and gradually decrease it after a month. Our clinic had a program with Atopica where the first month was covered as a trial to see how effective the medication was for varying degrees of atopic issues. Maybe suggest to your vet to see if they can be a part of the program if they think it might help. If you are struggling to find answers and nothing is helping, get a second opinion. It's amazing how a different set of eyes can possibly figure it out. Post what ever you find out if you get a diagnosis. I am interested to know. Good Luck!! Stephanie- Matt's wife
 

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already went for a second, and a third, going to a college to a dermatologist next.
 
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