My miniature pinscher recently developed some sort of skin condition and I don’t have hundreds…

My miniature pinscher recently developed some sort of skin condition and I don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend at the vet trying to figure out what it is. We did have a skin scraping done, with the results of "no mites found." She has severe dandruff, from head to tail. She also has scabs on her ears and legs, and is losing hair from between her eyes, her ears, and her legs. When this first started I had changed her food to a grain free. As soon as I noticed an issue, I changed her food again to a different grain free. The condition continues to get gradually worse so I’ve changed her back to her original food and am now giving her coconut oil twice a day. She was on antibiotics (Clavamox) for 10 days to prevent infection in a bite wound, but it didn’t seem to help. I have three other dogs, one of which has no similiar symptoms at all. The other two both have a very light case of dandruff. My vet wants me to treat it as mange and put her on ivermectin, even though he didn’t see any mites on the scraping. I really don’t want to expose her to unnecessary medication at this point. Is there anything else I can do for her? Are there any other things this could be? My vet said it could be ring worm, but no one else has any of the symptoms, so I’m relucant to spend the $80 (that I really don’t have!!) on the test for it. Please help! I have heard wild alaskan salmon oil is also good for the skin. Can I use this with the coconut oil or is it one or the other?

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Kate, Thanks for asking your question. Dermatology is one of the most frustrating animal conditions that we see. I can hear the frustration in your note, and I empathize completely. It sounds as if your dog needs to be seen again by a veterinarian. There are far too many possibilities of what the skin condition could be for me to be able to provide you any direction for treatment. Without a diagnosis of what is causing the skin problem, and we shouldn’t prescribe a treatment plan if we don’t have at least a presumptive diagnosis I know that many… Read more »