Lab mix (SPCA adopted
4.5 years old now;
Started getting plaques in May 2017, prescribed simplicef;
reoccurring plaques, vet suggested food allergies, we switched to a LID duck and potato formula;
plaques reoccurred in August; cytopoint shot (even though he was not scratching at all ) and 2 rounds simplicef;
2 more rounds of simplicef in Feb and March 2018 and adding in a prescription high dose daily antihistamine (year round);
Plaques reoccurring on and off, I ordered the simplicef online because it was 1/3 the $130 cost of the vets!
Now, 2019, plaques are back and scabby; vet diagnoses "chronic skin infection" and changes to clinda something antibiotic, and special food because he's gained weight.
Plaques are worse than when he went in (food allergy possible from the food the vet recommended?) and these antibiotics don't seem to be doing anything.
Edit to add: we bathe him 1-2x a week now with a medicated shampoo and brush him daily.
Why I'm thinking another vet is probably a good idea:
1. they have never taken any kind of skin sample to see if it's bacterial, fungal, etc.
A seasoned vet can probably diagnose by sight, but since it keeps coming back, wouldn't it be a good idea to make sure?
2. They've never done blood tests, or any tests, to rule out other causes.
3. We've used this vet service, literally, for decades. It's a VCA now (for many years)and the vets have changed, but honestly they have taken exceptional care of our pets over the years. This is the one time I've even considered changing to another one.
4. I don't like the push to use their "prescription" foods.
5. I've had 2 allergy tests run (on my own). 1 was a hair sample via "Pet Food Sensitivity and Intolerance Test by Affordable Allergy Test -- At Home Test for Dogs, Cats and More" which came back basically saying he was allergic to everything; the 2nd more recent was from "Glacier Peak Holistics" and it was hair and saliva.
Both tests had a lot of similar allergens, but some were totally opposite, so I'm more confused than ever: do vets use different tests than the ones consumers can order?
Sorry this is so long, we're frustrated trying to get to the bottom of this allergy stuff. IF that's what it is at all.