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Elizabeth Crisp | 2 years ago
I Have A 3 And A Half Year Old GSD With HYPOthyroidism. I’m Curious If…

I have a 3 and a half year old GSD with HYPOthyroidism. I’m curious if anyone else has dealt with this disease in itself. So to begin, when she was about a year old I started noticing redness on her stomach. The vet I was currently with kept telling me she had ringworm and providing me with medicated shampoo and treating her with ketoconazole. It always seemed to clear up but would come right back soon after. So I searched and found another vet and he did all the testing and blood work and diagnosed her with HYPOthyroidism. She has kept a chronic skin infection which he diagnosed as a type of yeast infection due to the fluctuation of thyroid levels. She has been on levothyroxine for a year now. We have adjusted her dosage 3 times and each time she seems to do well for a month or so and then it seems to “level out” and her skin flare up comes back full force. It seems to get better and lightens up and starts to pink up and then goes right back to the hair loss and crusty on her stomach and under her legs/pits. I continue to do the medicated baths as told but it’s getting frustrating. I’m in the vet’s office every couple months it seems and spending hundreds each visit for the same thing with no resolve. Dont get me wrong I will do whatever it takes to help her but somethings gotta give. I’m just curious if anyone else has seen/heard or has dealt with hypothyroidism and the chronic skin infection. Have u found anything that helps or resolves it? What is your experience? Also she keeps bad ear infections (also tested and diagnosed as a type of yeast) daily flushes and drops in her ears as well. Still not seeming to get any better.

I feel so helpless and quite frankly I’m getting discouraged. I love the vet she sees now, he is a million times better than the one she seen previously.

Does it ever get better?

The pic is an older one, shes alot better now but still has the hairloss and discoloration over the better part of her stomach and under her legs. Just not as dark or as much.

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Laura
1 year ago

Good luck! Do report back, if you think about it? We see hypothyroidism leading to hair loss in Dobes, but it doesn’t usually come with rashiness. I’d be very curious about any other vet’s ideas about it.

Laura
1 year ago

I would wonder if there’s an allergy situation going on in addition to hypothyroid.

Laura
1 year ago

That’s possible, too. I certainly wouldn’t rule out a second opinion. I’d also look for a veterinary dermatologist, if there’s one near you.

Laura
1 year ago

oh wow, apologies for the crazy number of responses. sometimes this site glitches in the strangest ways.

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Hannah Parmer | 2 years ago
I Have A Leopard Gecko I Got From A Science Teacher She Has Been My…

I Have a leopard gecko I got from a science teacher she has been my pal ever since. I usually feed her about 25 crickets every two weeks and change her water everyday. I also have a heating pad for her.Here lately she hasn’t been eating, in a matter of fact, she has not been eating in 3 months. her tail is starting to shrink.I’ve given her pedi-lite baths, I’ve tried to feed her worms instead she ate them for a while then stopped eating those too.Today she started to shed witch for her that’s odd she never sheds. I’m so worried about her I adore my Elizardbeth please help if you have any advice. I would take her to a vet but there is not a vet around for reptiles.

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Sarah
1 year ago

Good morning,
I would start making phone calls to all local vets and rescues to try to find a vet with reptile experience.

Laura
1 year ago

How far are you from Bellwood? The Bellwood Animal Hospital treats exotics. Also: what substrate is she on? I worry about obstruction. Is she warm enough? How old is she? Are her sheds normal?

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Vedrana Vilusic | 2 years ago
Please People, We Need Help. My Friend’s Dog Suddently Started Licking And Swallowing Continuously. …

Please people, we need help. My friend’s dog suddently started licking and swallowing continuously. Here is the video

https://youtu.be/ooQxji1jsAU

What could this be?
He bathed the dog 2 days ago and she was eating the same food as before (some kibble). She was mainly in the house, except 2 walks daily for 15mins since its winter and freezing outside :/

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Sarah
1 year ago

A sudden change in behavior that is concerning should be seen by your vet. I would call and get the dog in as soon as you can.

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chelsea jensen | 2 years ago
My Dog Recently Got These Dark Spots All Over Her Belly And Chest And Ive…

My dog recently got these dark spots all over her belly and chest and ive become worried. i took her a nice little bath this morning but I’m terrified it could be something serious.

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

I would guess dirt or skin pigment. I have even seen this with skin allergies. Please see your vet for help if it persists or worsens.

Laura
2 years ago

I’d wonder if that’s flea dirt. Is she on a flea preventative?

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Cathy Testerman | 2 years ago
I Have A 6 Week Old Kitten That Developed Severe Diarrhea 5 Days Ago. I…

I have a 6 week old kitten that developed severe diarrhea 5 days ago. I took her to the vets 3 days ago. Stool culture positive for coccidia. She has been on treatment for 3 days with no improvement. Her rectal area is raw. She is eating and drinking but obviously does not feel well. I have been bathing her and putting Desitin on her rectal area per my vets recommendation. Shouldn’t she be getting better by now?

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Sarah
2 years ago

I would call the vet in the morning and let them know your concerns. Ask if there is anything else that you could be doing and you might want to ask if there is some supplement that you could give to her food-wise too. Good luck

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Yes. If I would expext rhat if the cias wit the diarrhea was singularly the parasites that she would be better. In cases like these I usually recommend “playing” with the formula. Powder versus liquid replacer and trying to add more water vs less formula. I would also talk to the vet about checking another fecal sample for parasites and even switching to a kitten food. Even a different kind of food can help. If it’s not parasites it’s the diet. That’s my usual treatment plan for theee guys. Good luck. Please let us know what happens

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Chauntel Wedlake | 2 years ago
Hi Everyone I Could Use Some Advice Gizmo My Cat Came Home Early Hours This…

Hi everyone I could use some advice gizmo my cat came home early hours this morning (about 15 hours ago) with oil on the side of her and on her paws not sure where from I am guessing she has been lying underneath neighbours car have tried cleaning and bathing her with a little dish wash and she’s not showing any signs of being ill she’s her usual happy self have stopped her licking as much as I can and will give her another wash tonight any more ideas ?

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, Depending on what the substance is and how healthy your cat is I usually recommend a groomer shave off the affected fur. It really (absolutely positively) should be done with clippers (NEVER EVER SCISSORS). The feet might have to just slough off the substance. I don’t ever use a product on a cat unless it is safe for them (Which very few are). And remember cats lick off everything so you always have to worry about ingestion and toxicity.

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Gill Wilson | 2 years ago
I Have Just Been Given My Daughters 7 Year Old Neutered Declawed Large Ginger Tom…

I have just been given my daughters 7 year old neutered declawed large ginger tom as she has had to move to a small apartment with no pets allowed. He is a beautiful cat, friendly & loving but has one enormous problem. He consistently poops outside of the litter box. We have tried all types of litter. He prefers to use bath mats or the dog bed or even the floor by the door. The pee pads also. He has a huge colon (as determined by the vet) twice the size of a regular cat. My question is what to do about the pooping problem? I can’t let him out as I live on a pond where there are alligators. I don’t want to send him to a no kill shelter. I’m at my wits end – I already have an old cat and a dog. My sanity is in jeopardy. Help me please…..

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, It is super important to always rule out a medical condition. For your cat in particular I would be worried about the declaw (can cause chronic pain or pain of association after the declaw that can last a lifetime) or joint pain if he is a big boy. For these cats we try very low boxes and very soft litter. I also always recommend changing the boxes to offer every kind of type and variety so they can tell you their preference. Try shallow low sided boxes like a cookie tray. Try taking the lid off. Try larger and… Read more »

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dominique rohan | 2 years ago
Whats Causing My Dogs Rash?He’s A 9 Month Old Pit And Has Been Constantly Licking…

Whats causing my dogs rash?He’s a 9 month old pit and has been constantly licking and scratching his back and legs where these red and bumpy rashes are.We walk him only on the street,have switched his food and shampoo multiple times and use coconut oil after he has a bath but nothing seems to help.Any help is appreciated the rashes go straight down his back stomach and legs.

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

A rash can be caused by many many things. Anything ingested, absorbed or even stress or heat. For these pups I always go over a very through history of anything they have eaten or been administered and also discuss topicals and environment. I usually suggest an oatmeal bath and monitoring closely for any progression of the redness into hives, depression or trouble breathing. If these occur they should be considered an emergency and you should go to the vet. If the redness persists or worsens talk to your vet about long term care for allergies. There are lots of good… Read more »

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Sandra McDonald | 3 years ago
What Is Safe To Bathe My Dogs With Fresh Bite Wounds?

What is safe to bathe my dogs with fresh bite wounds?

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Sarah
2 years ago

Keeping a wound clean is important. However, it is more important that bite wounds be checked by your vet. Especially if they were from a dog fight or wild animal- I would call my vet and schedule an appointment if you haven’t already.

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2 years ago

I concur – get your dogs checked by your vet ASAP, and ask your vet for the best cleaning option for your situation. I hope your dogs are ok.

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Mary Fischer | 3 years ago
I Have A 9 Week Old German Shephard Puppy That Is Itching And Scratching. Apparently…

I have a 9 week old German Shephard puppy that is itching and scratching. Apparently all if them from the litter are. Ive washed him in oatmeal bath for puppies and someone suggested they were allergic to the food (blue buffalo puppy, chicken formula). Ive started to change his food, but I dont know what it could be!??
I have 2 other dogs and they don’t do this.

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

I am not a fan of blue buffalo either. I would be worried about fleas, scabies and infection. Allergies are unlikely at this age. See your vet.

Sarah
2 years ago

I would get to the vet right away, for many reasons? First and foremost, to have the puppy thoroughly checked over… this could be parasites, which are possibly contagious to your other dogs. It could also be a reaction which also needs to be treated. 9 weeks is young to be away from mom, in my opinion. Please bring your puppy to the vet right away for a thorough exam and puppy visit.

Laura
2 years ago

You just brought puppy home? You need to get him to YOUR vet for a wellness visit, within the first week of bringing puppy home. 8 weeks is the legal minimum for puppies to leave littermates in Maryland. If this is the beginning of mange, demodex is on every dog – it will cause rashes and skin irritations in dogs with suppressed immune systems. Seriously, get your puppy to your vet and bring this up with them. 🙂 As for the food, I would throw out Blue Buffalo entirely. There have been issues recently with lead poisoning, and in the… Read more »