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    I believe Royal Canin do a prescription diet for dogs with Skin Allergies - has your vet suggested diet. I read somewhere that diet is quite a high factor when contributing to allergies.

    Don't know if that helps or not
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    I would definitely change diets, but also look for the closest vet teaching hospital in your area. After many dollars and numerous vets, I finally took my 9 year old to the closest vet teaching hospital. They did an endoscopy and found the problem w/in a couple days. It is a good idea; however, to have tried a number of alternatives before heading to a vet hospital, so they can eliminate as many options as possible.

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    Thanks for you reply, I have made an appointment for Ellie to see a vet that specialises in dermatology. I hope they can help as her skin is so bad at the moment.

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    Please let us know how she does!! I would love to know the underlying cause of her allergies.
    I love my Wesley, Cody, Zoey & Stewie

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    Jax76, so glad to hear that you have a dermatology vet available to you. I agree with MonieChris, please let us know how Ellie does.
    Charleen and Cav's: Pippin (ruby male), Merry (b&t female), Luke (blenheim male) & Jolly (tri male puppy)

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    Our lab was given steriods from may till oct every yr. they made her think she was hungry and made her a bit more sleepy that time of yr. I didnt need to use it all yr - grass allergy cant avoid that one! she lived till 15 so they obviously had no ill affects on her - but that doesnt mean another dog woulld NOT have troubles getting them that often. For inbetween periods they said to try over the counter allergy meds deemed safe for dogs (they gave us a list) but personally they didnt work. For Kodee I use an oil mixture supplement which is supposed to work great for what you describing. look here. http://www.drmaggie.ca/

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    Tibby started having really severe skin problems a few years ago. She has no hair on her tail, her hind quarters, etc.

    We had her on a medication that contained prednisone for a long time - without the results that normally come with a steroid. She looked like she was starting to become Cushinoid last summer so we stopped the steroids.

    She has been allergy tested and given the injections with no positive results.

    If there is an odor as you say, the vet should be able to tell because of his experience if it is staph or yeast. A skin scraping should give a definitive answer. Tibby had yeast-y skin and we were advised to bathe her weekly in malasorb shampoo. That hasn't helped much either. Benadryl doesn't touch her.

    I'd be hesitant to continue the steroid therapy for too long because of the risk of Cushings.

    I'm very interested in what the dermatologist has to say. Maybe little Tibby can be helped by what you are told!
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    Default RE: Ellie skin problems

    Hi, just to let you all know, I decided before I went to see the dermatologist vet I would go to see my own vet who has treated Ellie since she was a pup. Unfortunately she was horrified at the sight of Ellie's skin and how bad she was scratching, because of the long term steroids she now has cushing which I had never heard of until now. This means she is loosing her coat on her back aswell as everywhere else, she is also loosing weight. I told her about the dermatologist and her advice was that they would take our money do all the test knowing that they probably could'nt sovle the problem anyway.

    I appreciate eveyones advice but we have tried most things that you all have suggested from diets to shampoos, herbal tablets, sprays, creams, you name it. Ellie also has problems with her kidneys which is persisting after having her on a special diet for six months.

    The vet suggested 3 year ago to have her put to sleep but we have persisted and we can't watch her suffer anymore. It is heartbreaking having to type this but upon our vets advice we have made an appointment to have her put to sleep on 7th June when my parents come back from holiday.

    Thanks again for all your suggestions this forum was my last resort.

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    My heart goes out to you. It's so sad that it has come down to this, but after seeing the way my dog scratches and looks so miserable I can understand completely.

    I hope that the support of your friends here at CT can help you through this. There are plenty of strong shoulders here that you can lean on, cry on, or talk to.

    Don't be shy about expressing how you feel. If you need to talk, please feel free to PM me.

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    and my birds Moji (Senegal) and Walter (Blue Front Amazon)

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    Its been four years since I lost my darling Dizzy to Cushings and I still cry every time I hear of another dog with it. I know it hurts like hell at the moment but you are doing the right thing. Even if you had started the drugs for the condition, at this stage you would not have seen much of an improvement, more of just slowing the disease down to try and prolong Ellie life in the condition she is in now.

    Treasure the days you have left with her and spoil her like mad. I always planned to do that with my Dizzy in her last days but regrettably she died one night because of the hot weather, so I never got that chance.
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