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Dear Pet friend, I have a 12 year old Min Longhair Dachshund

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Dear Pet friend,
I have a 12 year old Min Longhair Dachshund who has a number of conditions, yet is still fairly active and enjoys eating immensely.
Most recent condition what I suppose is some kind of dermatitis. We have been to the vet and he seems to indicate that it is a result of allergies.
The condition is present under front legs as a: 1)collection of blackish brown clumps of sesame seed sized things, which can be picked of with some effort. This has been present for number of months. 2) many beige/tan eruptions (stomach, lower neck , and now a few on back) these also can be scraped fo with a finger nail with some effort. 3) ear infection which clears up with drops)
He also suffer from cataracts and chronic gingivitis and sneezes a lot (last 6 mons)
My name is Bill
Thank you for your post!

It sounds as if you are describing signs of generalized allergies, or atopy!

For long term care, diet may play an important role. Dogs are commonly affected by the proteins in the food - thus one recommendation would be to change him to a sensitive skin diet - or even more potent would be to change the diet to a prescription hypoallergenic diet - such as Hill's Z/D or Purina H/A (hydrolyzed diets) as well as novel protein diets such as with the IVD brand.

Other options would be the use of special shampoo formulas, such as an oatmeal shampoo or other soothing shampoos.
http://www.1800petmeds.com/Oatmeal+++Aloe+Vera+Shampoo-prod10380.html
http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Soothe+Shampoo-prod10483.html

Supplements such as Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids may also help:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=20677
http://www.1800petmeds.com/Omega+3-cat60014.html

 

These links may also help in understanding skin disease, supplements, and diets for dogs:

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=648

http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/fa.html
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2&aid=666

The other possible recommendation would be to use an antihistamine such as over the counter Benadryl (Diphenhydramine). The dose is 1mg for every 1 pound of body weight. This means a 25 pound dog can get 25mg every 8 to 12 hours to help with the itching!

Moreover - if the signs persist, seeing a dog veterinary dermatologist may help!
This link should help find one in your area:
https://www.acvd.org/


I hope this information is helpful.
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Dear expert,

This sounds like a canned comment for skin irritations, and isn't very helpful.
Are you saying that this is diet, environment, or fungus.
He does get quite a bit of human food, licking bowls, leftovers.
Could you please respond in a personal nature so I can be comfortable that this is a real expert response and not a scam of some sort.
Bill
This is absolutely a personal answer.

Dogs are often found to have generalized atopy or allergies - which is often found to be food related - not the grain, wheat, etc - but the PROTEIN.

This is the reason that I recommended a hypoallergenic diet such as Hill's Z/D.

But - we also need to make sure there is not an infectious cause, such as bacteria, fungal, etc.

Often a skin scraping and microscope evalaution are easy ways to help rule out other causes while considering a hypoallergenic diet.

I hope that further clarifies things!
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Please click "ACCEPT" if the information I have provided has been of help so I receive credit for my work. Bonuses are always welcome and appreciated. Thank you.
The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Are there over the counter meds, such as anti-fungals (like for human) toenails or vaginal remedies that could be used.

Mr Stubbs has been eating human foods since birth, doesn't it seem odd that only in the last year this has been causing problems.

Respectfully,
Bill
Hi Bill,

If there is a localized spot, something like lotrimin (anti-fungal) can be used - but if there are spots / sites all over - often topical medications are not effective and prescription, systemic medications from your veterinarian are needed.
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Please click "ACCEPT" if the information I have provided has been of help so I receive credit for my work. Bonuses are always welcome and appreciated. Thank you.
The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
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