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1- How long has this been going on?
2- Can you describe the appearance of the sores?
3- Are the sores spread through the body?
1- Has he been seen by a vet for this problem?
1- Did you change his diet? If so, how long has he been on it? What are you feeding him?
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Friend, certainly food plays a role in the health of the skin. If he is allergic to one or more of the ingredients that he is eating then it will be difficult to correct or improve his skin problem. However, in a young dog like Rage it is also important to rule out things like mites, fungal or bacterial infections, etc.
If your vet did not do a skin scrapping I would recommend you discuss with your vet about doing a skin scraping to rule out mites. In addition, consider starting him on oral antibiotics to rule out a bacterial infection. In the meantime, this is what you can do:
1- Change the diet to a prescription food called Hill's z/d or a grain free diet with a different source of protein then what he has normally has had in the past. For example: If he seldom ate fish then put him on a grain free diet with fish. When on this diet he should not eat anything else or he will not improve. No table scraps. Needs to be on this diet for 6-8 weeks before you see significant improvement.2- Start him on Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 1mg for every pound body weight every 12 hours. For example if he weighs 10 lbs he will require 10mg every 12 hours.3- Supplement with Eicosaderm (omega 3 fatty acids); you can buy this over the counter in any pet store or online. Give at label dose.4- Bath him 2-3 times a week with chlorhexiderm shampoo then once every 21 days. You can buy Chlorhexiderm shampoo online, pet store or vet's office.5- Follow up with your family veterinarian for a skin scraping and possibly oral antibiotics.
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