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Skin Irritations -- sporatic scabbing, flaking, etc.

I am writing on behalf of Meader our beautiful 3.5 year old Havanese who has been suffering the last six months with what appears to be some sort of skin issue. We have been able to treat it with antibiotics three times but I hesitate to continue to use drugs as a solution. We have tried diet changes, etc. but still no long term results. He is does not have fleas -- is well groomed and bathed -- and generally happy. Itching can also be an issue and at times more pronounced than others -- I have added vitamin e to his dies along with a probiotic. The scabs can be very small to larger circular spots -- sometimes hair loss is accompanied around the site. He tends to get them mostly on the bottom of his body -- under the front legs, hind quarters, and around his belly.

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I wonder if you have had you dog tested for SA, Sebaceous Adenitis? Some of the things you describe as itching, loss of hair, flakes, make me think of it...

It would of course be a lot of other reasons why your dog have this symtoms...
Good Luck in finding a cure for you hav!

Here is a threed where you can read about a SA study that is starting...
http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=9514
and here is a page where you can read more about SA
http://www.janizonahavanese.com/SA.html

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Thank you so much!

Thank you so much for the quick response. I ran across this yesterday in research and have asked the breeder for some feedback. It very much sounds like he might have SA. The breeder generally sells for show and not puppy -- but, she should have a good idea if this condition has been present in her line? Thank you -- Lynn.
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The thing whit SA is that no one know yet quite how it is inherited...So even if your breeder never heard about it in her line...your dog could still have SA. The only way to figure out if a dog have SA is a biopsy.

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Also should check out the allergy thread.

http://havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=8558

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Allergies.

Thank you for the recommendation -- I will continue to read. At this point -- the breeder is telling me to go on a strickly raw meat diet -- Steve's Raw Natural Foods -- no treats and only distilled water. She said after 14 years of breeding she has had no issues with her dogs. We started tonight and I will post the results. She indicate that it would take some time to detox Meader's body.
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bless you both...

My Daisy suffers from exactly the same thing you speak of. She eats raw, has the best of everything...yet itches herself in the same places your dog does. She has a little bit of dry skin, and it is worse in the summer. She is five now, and it started at three.

I'm going to do the SA Study...but I think for her, it really is allergies. Seasonal...and awful.

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Thank you for the recommendation -- I will continue to read. At this point -- the breeder is telling me to go on a strickly raw meat diet -- Steve's Raw Natural Foods -- no treats and only distilled water. She said after 14 years of breeding she has had no issues with her dogs. We started tonight and I will post the results. She indicate that it would take some time to detox Meader's body.
It could take 2-3 months before you see a change if the issue is diet so you'll need to be patient. Good Luck! I hope this solves your problem.

Jill - Tess & Cody's mom
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Janet,

Just wanted to make sure you saw this recent thread. http://havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=9588

Sounds like someone that might benefit from your knowledge/advice.

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Thank you for the recommendation -- I will continue to read. At this point -- the breeder is telling me to go on a strickly raw meat diet -- Steve's Raw Natural Foods -- no treats and only distilled water. She said after 14 years of breeding she has had no issues with her dogs. We started tonight and I will post the results. She indicate that it would take some time to detox Meader's body.
If she's been breeding for 14 years, I'd like to know who she is to get her participation in the SA study. We need older dogs that are clear.

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