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Old 11-24-2012, 12:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone. I have a 10 month old boxer named Kyler. A Few months ago, he had a hairless spot that I thought was a hot spot. Then, whatever it is started to spread. Now, he has missing patches of hair down his back, head, the tips of his ears, tail, no hair at all on his chin, and it's progressing down his legs to his paws. Some of the skin has remained very red (like under his chin and neck) and other parts of the skin are darkening (on his back). I took him to the vet thinking maybe it was mange... They said it was not mange and did a skin scrap to test for fungus. The test came back negative. The vet gave us some kind of antibiotic and medicated shampoo and it's not helping at all! He is still eating regularly, no change in diet, and no loss of energy. However, he is extremely itchy and has diarrhea every few days. No one can tell my husband and I what it is! It's becoming extremely frustrating seeing my little Kyler so itchy and miserable :/ The vet does not think it is contagious because Kyler has had it for some time and my Shepherd Sam as well as the other dogs he has been in contact with have not contracted it. If anyone can give me any information on what they think it might be, I would greatly appreciate it! I believe the problem started in late August or early September and has slowly been spreading.
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Old 11-24-2012, 01:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know. My Murphy has demodectic mange which isn't contagious but she has some bald spots. It doesn't appear to be itchy as I hardly see her scratch. I hope they can figure out what is going on & get your pup feeling better. Did they tell you anything to give him to help with the itching??
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well he is rathet young to be dealing with something so awful! A couple of things - what do you feed him? He could have a very intense allergy to what he's eating. I would insist that the Dr. run a comprehensive blood panel and make sure to test his thryroid levels. Hypothyroidism could cause skin issues but is unusualin a pup his age. A blood test would also be able to indicate an infection or allergy based on the types of cells present.

It could also be yeast which is very itchy and smelly. Does he give off a particular odor?

I am sure others will chime in. I hope you find out what it is soon. Can't be fun for either one of you!
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We have been giving him to antibiotic the vet gave us (that is doing nothing...) And when he is really itchy, a benadryl. Here are some more pictures...
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Wait I see you had a skin scraping. I would do another skin scrape if it were me. Also I would go to a different Vet. When a Vet cant figure out whats wrong time to see another IMO.
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I would take him to a veterinary dermatologist.

Click on this link and scroll down - there's a specialist in San Antonio listed:

https://www.acvd.org/locator/locations.asp?state=TX

Keep us posted, sorry he is so itchy, hopefully he will be diagnosed and treated soon so he can feel better.

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Hi, I have an allergy Boxer too. Got her at 5.5 years and 30 lbs overweight. Fed Wellness reduced fat diet (chicken/turkey base food) and after a few months of diet and exercise, Daisy was in great shape but lost ALOT of hair and itchy. Thought I was killing her! did the blood profile and thyroid (comprehensive) tests. no thyroid, BUT allergic to chicken and turkey! Ah ha! Changed to Natural balance lamb/brown rice and found treats with ingredients she was not allergic too. Took a few weeks, but presto, all hair back, ear infections have not come back. she takes 50mg benadryl/day. she was also Zinc deficient! go figure. 15 mg/day. Listen to the previous post and find a vet that knows allergies!
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Well, the poor fellow has something! I would seek a different vet. Something is going on with Kyler that needs a diagnosis. Another skin scrape and some bloodwork. I wish you the best and hope you can find an answer to his problems...
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The more I think about it the more I believe it is an allergic reaction. Have you changed his diet? What specifically is he eating?
Skin Disease Due to Food Allergies in Dogs | petMD

He also could have yeast = either as a primary or secondary condition. I definitely would insist on another scraping. I second GypsieMouse's suggestion to have him looked at by a veterinary dermatologist.

Here is another link:
Malassezia Dermatitis (Canine) | Petside

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It looks like mange to me. Getting a positive skin scraping can sometimes be difficult. I would start Ivermectin treatment and see if he starts to get better.

Get a new vet asap.
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