My dog has skin and ear problem...the skin condition was Dx as a food allergy. Food was changed & started on Dinovite. Problem getting worse.
The veterinarian also did stool samples for parasites and it was negative
Nine months ago his blood work was normal except for slight elevation of his liver function tests which has been chronic and stable His thyroid was normal. S-Adenosyl was prescribed and he is still on this medication.
There are several concerns:
1. His skin is dark in many areas, but especially in the axillas of the front legs.
2. He has multiple black spots on his torso, especially near his thighs and anus
3. The hair on his paws is turning black and the skin or hair in this area appears coarse.
4. He has what I believed was normal aging of his fur with development of gray areas on his face and paws, but now some of the hairs are becoming black. He appears to want to scratch at his paws.
His skin lesions appeared to begin at the site on the back of his neck where I had been applying FRONT LINE monthly. At that spot, he developed an apparent granuloma which has disappeared except for a residual scar. With the suspected reaction to FRONT LINE, I stopped that medication.
I have been putting STAPHASEPTIC gel on the spots. Is there something I could try more at home? Would he need an oral Medication?
There is no problem with weight change, appetite, voiding, or defecation.
He has some type of hip problem and it is difficult for him to go up and down stairs, except when I give him a baby aspirin every other day.
My internet research suggests that the axillary discoloration could be a metabolic or endocrine problem, but I cannot find any clearer explanation that is more definitive or offers a differential diagnosis.
Regarding his ears:
Over the past two weeks he has an increased brownish dirt when I give him ear care. My internet research suggests this could be a yeast problem. I am confused and am wondering if the skin changes and torso/buttocks spots could also be a yeast problem.
Thank you Cheree
Would it be helpful or possible to send pictures from my phone to help with your diagnosis? and what are the steps on how to do that process?