Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Gardiner, MT
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I am a new Havanese owner. I purchased my Hav from a breeder in Colorado. She is AKC registered, limited. I purchased her when she was 4 months old and the first thing I noticed is that she scratched a lot. I thought it was fleas, so at the recommendation of a friend, I gave her a dose of Frontline. That didn't seem to help at all, so I took her to the vet for her first check up. He couldn't find a reason for the itching, but did not find any fleas on her. At age 7 months I noticed that she was chewing and licking one leg which seemed to be missing hair, and also found a spot on one hip where the hair was very thin. Another trip to the vet. This time I was visited by a different vet as the regular was not in. He diagnosed it as too much water and gave me some spray to treat it with and instructions not to bathe her between groomings and keep her as dry as possible. One month later I took her back to my regular vet because she was not improving. This time he did find two fleas on her so he had me treat her with some more Frontline and he began treatment for parasites. At the end of this treatment she had not made any improvements and was now showing pink skin on her tummy as well as all of her paws. He now suspects food allergies and has her on a prescription diet using the elimination method to determine what exactly is causing the problem.
I have learned so much just reading your posts regarding allergies, diets, etc. and am so glad I found this forum. I know nothing about pets and purchased this puppy for my retirement. I could not have picked a more perfect little companion. She has a personality that I never expected in a puppy. She is extremely smart and just a joy to be around.
If any of you have further suggestions as to treatments, food, or other ideas to help up through this difficult time I would appreciate it so much.