Our puggle has this ongoing skin issue since we adopted him about 2 years ago. He first started losing a LOT of his hair inside of his hind legs. He's always been itchy, scratching his ears and then gnawing/licking his back feet. The skin inside of his hind legs would turn pink and raw and he licks a lot. Some places have turned very dark, especially his "armpits". LOL
The vet originally said try grain free food. That didn't work. Then they put him on Apoquel. That seemed to help for a while, but now the issues are back and worse. All 4 of his feet have turned a reddish brown, especially between his toes and he smells! He licks and gnaws on his paws.
We went back to the vet yesterday and she said she did not see a sign of infection so no antibiotics needed. His ears are super clean, so no infection there. She is still saying it's allergies, but since I said he smells she said that could be yeast. She gave him an allergy medicine in the form of an injection that he has to have once a month.
I really don't think that's the solution, but I went with it for yesterday. I've noticed an immediate difference. I haven't spotted him licking or gnawing on his body or feet since the shot. She also gave us an antifungal shampoo that we have to use once a week for a month.
But after reading up on yeast on dogs, I really think that's what we're dealing with. I'm thinking of switching his food to Acana Regional Pacifica. Of course, I want to discuss the switch with his vet first.
Any ideas or input here?
ETA He used to have a big problem with hair loss on both sides of his body. It looked like a map! He didn't completely lose the hair in those spots, but you could see a definite outline. For now that has cleared up and not come back.