My 7 y/o mini Aussie has had an ongoing skin condition that we haven’t been able to completely get rid of, and was wondering if anyone has seen anything similar. We’ve tried just about everything.
A little background, he has had quite a lot of issues ever since he matured. We attribute them to him having been weaned extremely early (we brought him home at 6 weeks, they had been weaned completely from mom by 5:no:). Issues mainly have to do with teeth and allergies. We had a panel run on him about 2 yrs ago and he was allergic to everything they tested for. Needless to say, he gets very itchy.
We have tried every “allergy-friendly” food under the sun (lots of $90 bags:eek:), unfortunately with no change. Going raw is not an option. We had controlled the allergies with Apoquel for a while, but vet was concerned about long term effects so we weaned him off of it. He gets a half tab of zyrtec if he is really uncomfortable. Right now, we are working through the Allercept program (currently on 2nd bottle), and he gets a Cytopoint shot every 5 or so weeks. Not sure if the Allercept is doing anything, but there is a notable difference in comfort level and appearance of skin before and after the Cytopoint.
Basically, he has recurring allergy-induced staph infections. They mainly affect his back (all along his spine but especially near the tail dock), and he will sometimes get the “plaques” along his flanks and on his chest. They are extremely itchy, and cause a lot of flaky dandruff. He goes on an antibiotic when needed but obviously can’t stay on it long-term. The plaques fade with the antibiotic, and the allergy meds help keep the infections at bay, but never completely prevents them. We’ve also tried frequent bathing, non-frequent bathing, medicated shampoo, oatmeal shampoo, tea tree oil shampoo, hydrocortisone, coconut oil (on coat and orally - he loves the taste!), etc, etc.
Overall it doesn’t affect his quality of life, and the itchiness is well managed with the allergy meds, but it’s kinda gross to look at and the meds really add up! We are obviously working very closely with our vet, just wanted to see if anyone out there has had a similar experience!