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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!I am sorry to hear your dog has progressive skin issues recently.
I can give you some basic guidelines but if there is no change please consider a veterinary exam to determine the underlying cause and more aggressive ways to control the symptoms
- Ensure a proper dose of Benadryl 1 mg/ pound every 8-12 hours for itch. It may cause mild sedation initially- Oatmeal-based dog shampoo three times weekly to control the itch and progressive lesions with ten minutes contact time before rinsing. This will help to soothe the skin and if there is a contact allergy it will rinse away the allergen. It may initially cause progression of hair loss as he sheds the unhealthy coat and skin before it begins to improve which maybe a week or two but the scabs and lesions should begin to subside- Begin a fish oil supplement with 1500 mg EPA & DHA daily. This will help skin and coat health but can take 2-4 weeks to take full effect- Ensure you are feeding a high quality diet with no by products which can cause itchiness in some dogsIf the lesions are continuing to progress and or not resolving in the next few days please consider a veterinary exam. GSD can definitely have skin conditions that require antibiotics and sometimes stronger shampoos to resolve completely.I hope this information makes sense and gives you a starting point for how to control his symptoms. Please let me know how else I can assist you both today
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