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I am so frustrated - my poor Cairn terrier continues to

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I am so frustrated - my poor Cairn terrier continues to suffer from scabs all over her body and itching. She has been to the vet 3 times and been on every medication but nothing is making the scabs heal and go away. She does have allergies but they have never manifested through scabs- how can I find out why she keeps getting them and why they don't heal?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

To answer you directly, by biopsying representative skin. Not only should the tissue be biopsied but it should be macerated and a bacterial culture and sensitivity (C & S) performed. There's a good chance that such a patient is suffering from an autoimmune skin disorder such as the pemphigus complex which requires biopsy to confirm. The C & S will tell you if bacteria are present and if so, which antibiotic would be the very best to prescribe. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin