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    Default Skin/coat changes?

    TedBear's coat and skin are really awful at the moment, he's shedding about three times as much hair as Rupert, and has very flaky skin. He's not scratching with it though, just the "normal" Syringomyelia scratchies...

    I was wondering if anyone had noticed this as a side effect of Gabapentin?

    He's been off the steroids completely for 7 weeks, and it's only really started in the last couple of weeks, so I don't think it's that.

    I checked with his neuro at glasgow and she hadn't come across it...

    He's had some sampels taken today...he was SO brave, looked a bit bewildered as to why Uncle Patrick was sticking sellotape all over him LOL and I took some coat brushings in, but we don't think it's parasites.

    Im starting him on Viacutan, which is about the best coat supplement around, and if it doesn't settle, he might have to have blood tests to see if we can find what is going on. There is a very good skin specialist up in Thurso, about 1 1/2 hours from here so that is also a possibility.
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    TedBear what a brave little man you are - I am sorry you are having problems...... lots of love and hugs to your mummy to help her with this...

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    Teddy ...... you have been such a brave boy today.

    Your mamma will get you all sorted...

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    Awwww, TedBear - that's rotten news.

    As if you don't have enough to contend with, you don't want itchy skin and you'll need to keep some fur for the autumn.

    Good luck, Nicki - thinking positive thoughts for poor TedBear.

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    Awww {{{{{{{{TedBear}}}}}}}} sending you lots of hugs and kisses. Your Mamma will soon have you sorted xxxxx

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    I've not heard of dry skin as a side effect of gabapentin, but even if it isn't one for people perhaps it could be for dogs? I am sorry he has this discomfort and that you'll find the cause. Poor fellow!
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    Hi Nicki

    Sorry to hear about Tedbear's problems. My Emma has been on Gabapentin for over a year now and we haven't noticed any dry skin. Hope Tedbear will be feeling better soon.

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    Thanks everyone. Well the samples didn't show any mites or anything, so have ruled out parasites...I would have been surprised to be honest, as he's not scratching with it.

    He's started on the Viacutan today, going to give that a month and if there's no improvement, then will have the blood tests done.

    He ate really well tonight...first time for over a week, he's lost over 1/2 lb this week, and really can't afford to


    Janine, it's lovley to see you here...thanks for posting. Hope your Emma is doing ok.
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    Oh Nicki

    I am so so sorry to hear that Tedbear is itching this badly.
    He has suffered enough already, as you and Trevor and the other boys too.
    It is not fair, I love his coat and look at the lovely photo you sent me of him it is on my table he always makes me wonder if Darby will ever be as handsome and gorgeous as him.

    I am sorry, I have been out of touch with you a bit lately.
    Hope he starts feeling better very very soon.

    Sending tons of hugs and loads and loads of good thoughts for you all.

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    Nicki,

    I've been thinking about poor TedBear. When Charlie's skin got really bad, James suggested trying him on some Omega 3 capsules. You can get them in the chemist - he said just to pop one over his food or to just dose him with one like a tablet.

    Thankfully, since Charlie's been on the Atopica, his coat is looking glorious but you should've seen him a while back.

    Does make me wonder if poor Teddy has got some sort of allergy to something - doesn't always cause itches you see - I have loads of allergies and I rarely get itches with them

    When do you get the results back?

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