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Topic: Severe skin problem

Question from Stephanie in Elkton:
I have a 2 year old jack russell who has a terrible skin condition. He has itched and bitten all of his fur off and has cuts and abrassions all over his body. The cuts bleed and ooze. He has had this problem for over 6 months now and his health is deteriating more and more everyday. I have done everything humanly possible to try and help my poor dog. I have taken him to numerous vets and he has been on steriods, perscription shampoos, lotions, sprays, and he has had different diets. We have changed our shampoos and detergents. We\'ve had exterminators and carpet cleaners come to the house. I\'ve spent over $2,000 on vet visits, tests, and medications and nothing has worked and no vets have had a solution to my dogs problem. I\'m very upset that my dog itches and scratches 24/7 and won\'t eat or play. We\'ve had to put a cone on his head and put socks and shirts on him constantly to try and prevent him from tearing his skin. Can you please help me or recommend a vet or clinic who
specializes in this type of skin condition?

Answer from Dr. Mindy Cohan:
I am very sorry to hear that your dog is suffering so badly from his skin condition. It sounds like you have really tried everything to get his problem under control. Based on his breed, allergies are a possible underlying cause. It would also be important to have him tested for skin mites. Microscopic skin mites can sometimes be hard to definitively diagnose, so empiric treatment can be tried. If treatment for allergies and mites fails, skin biopsy samples might be needed to rule out less commonly seen problems.

If you have not sought the help of a veterinary dermatologist, that would be my recommendation. I searched the web for an office within a reasonable distance to Elkton. Here is the contact information. Good luck.

Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware

290 Churchmans Road
New Castle, DE 19720

Phone: 302-322-6933

Posted January 6, 2012

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