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Riki's skin problems...little red bumps
Riki is six. His parents weren't health tested as that wasn't such a big thing back then. Daisy has actually been my problem child with skin stuff. Each year vet visits for itching to the point of matting and losing coat. She has been on temaril p for seasonal itching and steroid shots, all of which worked a week or so and then back to itching.
My dogs have no fleas and eat a raw diet with all the best of everything. I have tried so many supplements and special things over the years.
Riki started itching around his eyes. Then itching his paws...not all over his body like Daisy does. Then I noticed little bumps all over his groin area that went away after a bit. I thought he had a food allergy reaction as I gave him some tuna so I didn't think too much of it. Then he started getting these little red bumps that turned into round dry skin patches. Then he started getting pink skin. I took him to the vets and they treated him like Daisy with the temaril p, steroid shot, and antibiotics. No improvement. Blood work done, and it appears that he might have a thyroid problem...which I understand is a big cause of itching, hair loss, and other problems in havanese.
He doesn't have the smell and itchy ears like those in the SA study. It is more a crusty dry patching small areas of the skin on the back of the legs, tail and losing coat around the last 1/4 of his back.
I have a call into the vet right now for a follow-up visit and more blood work. I understand it can be controlled with medication for life...good grief.
I guess this is another reason for health testing. I don't know how they would screen for thyroid issues.
Anyone else experience something like this?
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