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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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