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Old 02-07-2013, 01:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My vet is mystified by my 16-month-old pup's hair loss and dandruff/scaling on both ears. I will take him to a dermatologist and possibly test him for SA, but meanwhile I am leaping into home treatment for SA on the theory that if it works, it increases the likelihood that this IS SA and makes it more worthwhile to pay for this costly test. Note: this is a neutered pet dog.

My first two treatments have been briefer than intended. He hates baths and won't stay still while I am rubbing him with oil... which gets old fast for me too. Any suggestions on how to make long oil soaks more bearable for both of us? There isn't any space in our house where I can let loose an oil-coated dog other than a tiny powder room, and it's coooold outside.
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A snowsuit, to protect furnishings, and keep him warm outside?
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A crate? Much easier to clean oil off of than walls!!!! If you don't have one....borrow one?
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Thanks, guys. I will try the snowsuit as this may well be a lifetime proposition. The crate is perfect, of course, but it will have to wait. Unfortunately he came to me as a completely non-housetrained adult a few months ago and he is already miserable about his crate time. I am tethering him to me in the daytime and crating him at night or when I am away, but there is little if any progress. But that is another story.
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Good for you for being matter-of-fact and proactive about this. If it's NOT SA, he will probably have the nicest conditioned hair anywhere! Not sure how often you have to do the oil treatment, but what about sometimes if you took him for a long run or walk to tire him out, then came home, did the oil treatment, and plugged in a movie for yourself and cuddled him in a fluffy towel for the hour?
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Just a thought....probably not...but here goes....when my chihuahua Emilio got his Rabies shot, about 2 weeks later all the hair on his ears disappeared, he had scaling and eventually scabs and bleeding. Turns out it was vasculitis caused by a reaction to the shot. Look up vasculitis, it was misdiagnosed by 2 vets before the 3rd vet figured it out They can get vasculitis without a shot too.
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what kind of dog food are you feeding??? normally when dogs have skin problems that is the first thing to check.
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Not sure how often you have to do the oil treatment, but what about sometimes if you took him for a long run or walk to tire him out, then came home, did the oil treatment, and plugged in a movie for yourself and cuddled him in a fluffy towel for the hour?
It sounds great in theory... especially he is in his new snowsuit for those moments when he just has to jump down and chase the cat or fight with his sister over a chewy. Thanks to all of you guys for helping me see how this onerous routine can be normalized.

As for the idea of vasculitis, he doesn't (yet) look like any of the pix of it I see
online -- no inflammation as yet -- but you make it all the more clear that he needs to see a dermatologist and I will ask her/him about it.
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what kind of dog food are you feeding??? normally when dogs have skin problems that is the first thing to check.
I am feeding them Orijen kibble with yogurt and a spoon or two of canned dog food i(Cesar or Drs Foster/Smith st the moment) in the am, with a sprinkling of dental supplements (either seaweed or some white stuff my vet gave me). At night they get cooked meat, canned mackerel or salmon (packed in water, no salt added), or egg, together with a spoon of cottage cheese and sometimes a little more Orijen kibble. Mashed sweet potato once a week and raw, somewhat meaty bones also about once a week. They have been getting a lot of Zeke's Natural treats lately too. Oh, and they get Stella and Chewy's raw medallions or whatever they are called for snacks or toppings, the duck version right now.

Does anything sound suspect? You probably didn't mean for me to write it all down here, but I get your point -- this is definitely something to list for the dermatologist and/or my regular vet. Thanks for that important tip.
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id skip the Cesars all together it has meat by products otherwise looks great. maybe try feeding a few less things because there is a possibility he may be allergic to something.
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