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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-22-2018, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
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For some weeks now Rollo has developed a very nasty problem with his nose. The top has become crusted, the bottom losing pigment and he has a clear nasal discharge. So far I have seen four different vets and each has told me something different.

Vet 1 said it was a fungal infection and gave me an anti fungal shampoo that I was supposed to dab on some wet cotton wool and wash his nose with. When I got the shampoo home I read the instructions and it said "keep away from eyes and nose". I phoned vet and was told just to make sure it didn't get inside his nose.

Vet 2 - I went to a different practice to get a second opinion. Rollo has also had a bad stomach and he prescribed an antibiotic for that, Metrobactin, and said it would also help his nose. No improvement on finishing the tablets.

Vet 3 - went back to original vet practice and saw a different vet. He said it was an infection an prescribed a different antibiotic specifically for soft tissue, Marbocyl - no improvement on finishing the course.

Vet 4 - I then asked to see the Director at the vet practice - she is usually very good. Saw her yesterday. She thinks Rollo has an autoimmune disease. She told me that she could get tests run or treat immediately, the treatment would be the same whatever the tests said. He is now on steroids, Prednisolone for a week, after which I will see the head vet again and if no improvement will ask for tests.

Having Googled autoimmune diseases in dogs I am very worried about my little boy. He is lively, eats very well (too well since he was neutered - very picky before) and apart from his nose - and a patch of what looks like eczema on one paw is fine. The nose however, looks horrible.

Has anyone on here heard of autoimmune diseases in Havanese. I have read that some Collies are prone to them but have found no reference to the Havanese.

Any info would be very appreciated.
Feeling very down about this at the moment.

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I donít have any insight on this but I wanted to wish you all the best in finding out what is going on with with your sweet Rollo. I also find it very frustrating when you get different opinions from different vets and you donít know what the heck is going on or who to believe.



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Sorry to hear about Rollo's problems. All dogs can get auto-immune disorders, and there are many different ones. I do know a couple of Havanese with auto-immune problems, but they have not presented like Rollo's. Good luck in finding the cause and finding the right treatment for him!!!


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Sonrisas Havanese Puppies- [email protected]: Havanese and Autoimmune Problems

https://drjeandoddspethealthresource...s#.WrPLj4jwbIU

https://healthypets.mercola.com/site...ease-dogs.aspx

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Thank you - still in the dark as to what it could be although Discoid Lupus seems to fit his condition and if that's what it is I shudder to think what his prognosis could be. Poor little soul. I keep hoping that it's just an allergy and he will get over it - all fingers crossed.
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So sorry to hear about Rollo, I don't have any opinions, but just wanted to wish you well on your quest to help your little one. Please keep us informed as to what you find out.







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Thank you - still in the dark as to what it could be although Discoid Lupus seems to fit his condition and if that's what it is I shudder to think what his prognosis could be. Poor little soul. I keep hoping that it's just an allergy and he will get over it - all fingers crossed.
Make sure you don't "borrow trouble". You can read a lot of awful stuff on the internet, and get yourself in a tizzy. There are a LOT of auto-immune conditions, and most have a wide range in severity. You tend to read about the worst-case scenarios on the internet!!!

Most auto-immune disorders aren't curable, but the majority, whether in humans or dogs, are controllable. Work with your vet to figure out what's going on with Rollo, and then work to find a way to keep him as healthy as possible!


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I'm sorry to read of Rollo's problem. I have no advice to offer, but commend you for your search of help for him. I hope the prednisone helps to stop it in its tracks!
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Sorry to hear of your health issue with Rollo. Keep us informed on treatments.

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