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I brought Maddie in for her annual vet visit yesterday. She is almost 2 1/2 now, she weighed in at 65.5 pounds, which is great. She was 62 pounds when we got her last September and kind of skinny, so the 3 1/2 pounds really looks good on her, barely can see her ribs anymore.
She is still having an issue with the skin on her chin, has been ever since I got her. When I first got her I thought the previous owners had been feeding her from a plastic bowl, because of the scratching and soreness on her chin. Well, needless to say I do not use plastic bowls. It didn't get any better with the bowl switch or food switch. She was eating Iams when I first got her. I thought it could be a food allergy. I immediately got her off of that and started her on Solid Gold. 3 months on the Solid Gold, and nothing but runny and mushy stool, so I tried Natural Balance Organic. Still problems with stool and chin scratching. I switched her to Canidae ALS and have no more stool issues, but the itchy red skin on her chin is still there. All the vet had to offer was the plastic bowl advice. I told her I am not using plastic bowls, and she kind of changed the subject. I brought it up again, she said she didn't know and shrugged it off. Needless to say we won't be visiting that vet anymore.  :x  I have been using extra virgin coconut oil on it because it's suppose to be a natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial oil. It really does work, but as soon as I stop using it, the rash or whatever it is comes back. Does anyone have any ideas what could be causing this or how to get rid of it? I guess I should buy some stock in coconut oil if I can't find anything else to cure this!  :p
 

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I really don't know that much about skin issues, but I am sure someone else will be able to tell you something...I don't blame you for looking for another vet, if you can't answer a question, don't evade! If you don't know, say so, that I would rather hear than nothing....Glad Maddie is doing well despite the problems with her chin...Hoipefully someone will have an idea for you....
 

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So it's just a skin issue you think? Guido has a really rough chin and it's kind of scabby. I think it might be from all the years the previous owners kept him in his crate.

I am using plastic bowls, but they are really smooth so I don't see that bothering his chin. I noticed too that the dogs had a soft stool, not runny, just soft. So I was wondering if I should change food as well. He came to us on Iams, but I changed them to Purina just because of the price.

You say that Canidae is good?
 

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I don't mean this to be a funny or stupid question, but are there Vet Dermatologists?  Or a vet school near you where you might have access to specialists, like UC Davis for example.
 

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I dont use plastic bowls just because they can be brothels for parasite and bacteria.

Even stainless steel bowls can cause some staining or itchyness under the chin (my dog has it all the time).   Try using some apple cider vinegar on the chin to see if it helps.    Thats my advice besides using a topical steroid.  

I am in the middle of battling seasonal allergies and its a nightmare!!!
 

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The whole thing with plastic bowls is that plastic can harbor bacteria. I know that you shouldn't even store food (kibble) in plastic storage bins because the oils in the food can go rancid and by just pouring food into the bins you can contaminate the new food this way. I use to store my food that way. I never even thought of the oil in food becoming rancid.
Maddie's chin was the way you are decribing Guido's, real rough and scabby. If you are using plastic bowls to feed, I would change to ceramic or stainless bowls. See if that makes a difference.
Maddie has done real well on the Canidae. When I switched her over from the Natural Balance, she was picking around and spitting out the Natural Balance, only eating the Canidae. So, I didn't even bother mixing the two anymore and her stool issues were gone almost immediately. I think Canidae is one of the best human grade foods you can buy,and very reasonably priced as well.  :D
 

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I may have to check into a Dermatologist for animals, or have some allergy testing done on her.  :roll:
I never thought of trying the vinegar. I'll give that a shot. Boy....apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, poor girl is starting to sound like a new kind of salad dressing!  :winkle:
 

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ROTFLMAO....Maddie's new salad dressing! That is way too cute Lisa....Hadn't thought about not keeping the food in a plastic container, good tip...Should have known that  :roll:
 

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Great tip on plastic dishes and storage containers, hadn't heard about either one before. Just a thought about the chin, our last boxer had terrible chin scabs and pimple-like bumps. When we took out our carpets and changed to hard wood floors the spots went away. I finally realized that when she chewed her toys on the floor her chin was breaking out from the rubbing, maybe the nylon in the carpet?
 

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Lisa I am actually going to a conference on skin disorders and allergies this weekend ( :( )....can you send me a very close up pic of Maddie's chin and I could try and ask the "expert" there????
 

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Absolutely!! Thanks Sharon. I'll try and get a close up of her chin tomorrow.
 

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Just came back from the vet with Hanna.  She has constant allergies.  Vet said pollen is bad this time of year or she could have a reaction to bug or certain treat.

So we put her on a mile steriod to clear up the rashes.   So your not the only one:)
 

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If it is the acne you can use the zit pads with salycilic acid in them.  I use the ones that are 2% and that has helped mine.  Hard to find it unscented though they always have a fragrance which neither me or the dogs appreciate.  If the coconut oil is working I'd just stick with it.

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I use Oxy Pads on Lilly.  Cleared her acne right up within a week.  Now when I notice she's having a breakout, I just swab her down over a few days and it clears up again.

It doesn't help that she's a sloppy eater either.

Liz and Lilly
 
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