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My dog has been fighting a skin infection for over a year.

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My dog has been fighting a skin infection for over a year. For a year and 1/2 been feeding her limited ingredients by merrick prior to the switch she was on blue mountain. I felt that her current dog food is causing allergic skin reaction because her is not getting better but worse. so I took her off merrick and started giving her 2 ingredients beef and rice. Now she barely poops and of she does it's diarrhea and today a little blood. I do not know what to give my dog anymore.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. There are all sorts of infections your dog can pick up. I'll have you talk to the Veterinarian who'll sort out what is wrong and help you decide what to do about it. What is the dog's name and age?

Aubrey and she will be 13 years old this April.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Aubrey?

Only medical history is the consistent skin infections. other than that she is a healthy dog. was on antibiotics and sequel allergy med. she recently had a different shot for her allergies but I can't remember the name. it a given once a month.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog
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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 8 months ago
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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 8 months ago

How long did you take to introduce the new diet?

Can you share pictures of the skin infection?

What medication is she receiving now?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I am sorry I am off my break
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 8 months ago

The fast switch when moving her to beef and rice is probably why she's now having diarrhea. I would send the medication info when you get home, if possible, though I will go forward with giving you some additional info to use before then. Has she ever had her thyroid tested? Is she itchy? Has your vet referred you to a dermatologist yet?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
she never had her thyroid tested, she is always itchy, prior vet did recommend dermatologist but current vet didn't she thought it would be a waste of time because of her age.
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 8 months ago

I'm not convinced that it would be a waste of time, especially if she's in good health aside from the skin conditions. Based on the hand in the picture, I assume she's around 20-30#, which means she may have years left of life as smaller breed dogs tend to live much longer than older dogs.

You'd previously mentioned "sequel allergy med". Can you give more information? Was this an oral medication? What was the name of the medication, if so? Has it helped her?

Was the injectable shot she had for allergies a steroid? Was it cytopoint, by chance? Did it help?

Do you know when she last had skin diagnostics performed, such as a tape test or skin scrape?

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