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Old 12-27-2015, 07:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Okay so I fell in love with this full grown very tiny (40lb) little pit bull named Anita at the shelter I volunteer at. I adopted her at the begining of December 2015 and took her to my vet immediately because she had a couple patches of hair loss. Her skin was also pink, and filthy. She was covered in k9 acne, black heads, ticks, and flea dirt. We tested for mange and it was negative, the vet thought it may be allergies. I had to wait 2 weeks to bathe her (they had spayed her) and once I did the pink went away and she was left with just the black heads everywhere. I took her back to the vet and we did some more tests. we did blood work, skin scrapes, biopsies, and even allergy tests. All were negative, and she is on a prescription diet. The hair loss has spread and is still spreading, and we can not figure it out. Any ideas? She never itches, licks, or bites. Her skin and what little coat she has looks great? We tried a soap for the black heads and she broke out in pimples....lol I currently bathe her with oatmeal shampoo which soothes her enough for now, she has been on steroids and antibiotics, and I am at a loss at this point. She was a owner surrender because they couldn't take care of her skin condition.
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Old 12-27-2015, 03:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Keep in mind that those prescription diets are not good quality and usually full of fillers that dogs are commonly allergic to. Wheat, oats, corn, soy, etc.

So I would probably get her onto a better food, then contact a derm vet for allergy testing. If that's negative, they will still have the tools and a broader knowledge of skin issues to help you figure it out.
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I have. Like I said we have done all the tests. Everything is negative. She is on a prescription limited ingredient diet, and has been for a month. It only has fish, and potatoes.
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Oh, didn't see that part some how.

Either way, I would still ask for the referral. Obviously this is beyond what your vet is capable of diagnosing, time to move on to a specialist.
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can you post pics? the pattern of hair loss and blemishes can help identify the cause.
i would suggest a second opinion. or a specialist like BC suggested. what looks like blackheads, could be a form of folliculitis, which would require antibiotics and medicated shampoo, OR mange that is concentrated in the hair follicles. this would not show on a scrape because the contents of the follicle must be examined. fungal spores are also very hard to see even under a microscope. they are about 1/50 the size of mites that cause mange.
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You can try basic dog food with salmon. It has omega 3 for the skin and coat. No grain fillers. And the price isn't that bad. About 65 dollars for a 20 lb bag. Has done wonders for my blue pit's skin problems.


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