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posted 11-15-2003 10:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lucky     Edit/Delete Message

Is there anyway to tell the difference between all the different kinds of skin problems dogs can get?

My new dog has a largish bright red patch and some fur loss(an oblong patch) on his throat which bleeds if he scratches and he is starting to go after his back at the base of his tail. (I've now got a buster collar on him.)

He's a GSD mix and I know they can have skin problems - but I don't know what to do for him until the vet re-opens on Monday.

Thanks for any advice!

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posted 11-16-2003 02:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoodboysBaddogs     Edit/Delete Message
It's actually kinda hard, since a lot of them look pretty much the same. Some can't even be diagnosed properly w/out some type of skin test being done.
I guess just ry to keep it clean, & try to keep him from irritating it, till you go in for proper treatment.

Again, it could be anything, but my guess is yours; that it could be hotspots or mange.
A trusty Vet should be the best way to go.

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posted 11-16-2003 05:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lucky     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks! I was thinking of putting some cortisone cream on the spots, but maybe I'll just wait it out and see what the vet says.

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posted 11-16-2003 06:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for neek     Edit/Delete Message
My friends ridgeback had small patches of fur missing on his head. she used baby oil on them once a day and the fur grew back in no time at all.

It might not work for every dog though.

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posted 11-17-2003 09:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for honeybear     Edit/Delete Message
Jake my lab had horrible problems with hot spots. It starts out liek a small sore that can grow tremdously in size in a matter of a day. They will scratch will make a bloody mess. Jake has never lost his fur though, He has topical prednizone to help and I use the collar to heal. I dont know anything aobut mage, but I would go to the vet to determine what it is. If it is hot spots they are usually recurring and there are things to do with diet etc, to keep them from coming back. I changed Jakes food and it relly helped. He did not have any hot spots this summers. (for Jake, they always occur in the summer)

here is a good website on hot spots.

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posted 01-02-2004 08:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rubyrearview     Edit/Delete Message
At the end of the summer my German Shepard mix developed hot spots. You can type in hot spots dog on a search engine and look at the pics and tell if they are hot spots. Plus before I got them under control, she developed about two new areas a day. I used an antibiotic ointment and some hot spot medicine I got at Wal-mart and they cleared up.

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posted 01-03-2004 05:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
Sulfedine is a good product for dogs wounds. If it keeps coming back have the vet do a skin test to check for mites.


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posted 01-03-2004 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MistressKela     Edit/Delete Message
Red patches that scab over can be ringworm too. My chihuahua had a big red oval shaped spot that took 4 days to scab over and become evident that thats what it was.

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