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Old 12-11-2017, 08:29 PM
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Need help identifying skin problem on my dog.

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I have a 3 year old Silver Lab named Ellie. She has always had skin issues like very thin hair, bald spots and scabs. Over the past year her skin has continued to get worse. We have taken her to the vet and he prescribed her medicine for hypothyroid. These pills have seemed to help her hair grow back but have done nothing for the red and irritated skin. We have tried different shampoos and lotions but nothing seems to help.

Has anyone ever seen anything like this?

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Hi,

have the vet consider looking into food allergy problems?
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Arrow some resources, & i'd ask for a referral to a K9 dermatologist immediately

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I'd ask for a referral to a k9 dermatologist - skin issues can be incredibly complex, & a GP vet cannot hope to have the knowledge of a specialist in skin.

Vets are expected to know the anatomy, physiology, & diseases / contagions / heritable / developmental problems of multiple species, intimately; U know what vets call Doctors? -
'vets who treat only one species'.

"Silver" is actually a controversy in itself, & silver Labs are often the product of pretty severe inbreeding to get the color desired - especially if both sire & dam were dilute [silver, champagne, or charcoal are respectively dilute-Choc AKA Liver, dilute yellow, & dilute black].
Do U know the colors of her parents?

here's some info on Silvers in general -
https://www.labradortraininghq.com/l...dor-retriever/

see the 'comments' for some very informative & factual posts, as well as the article itself.

DILUTE colors in many breeds have health & skin issues - Blue Dog Syndrome is a well-documented problem across multiple breeds, with a weak immune response [poor resistance to contagions or infections] & frequent auto-immune problems as these pups grow to maturity.
Alopecia / baldness or thinning haircoat, is another of those problems seen in dilute-color dogs of many breeds, as are problems with claws, eyelids, eyelashes, nose leather, etc.

here is a resource page with many links to silver Lab info:
http://www.phantomlabradors.com/inherit.html

Color dilution alopecia (CDA) can accompany coat color dilution, causing recurrent skin inflammation & drying, 2ndary bacterial-infections in hair follicles, & hair loss.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canine...ular_dysplasia


More on alopecia
Hereditary Alopecia and Hypotrichosis - Integumentary System - Merck Veterinary Manual


I am concerned that she might be one of a litter with 2 dilute parents, & may have autoimmune issues as well - so fungal, yeast overgrowth, 2ndary & even tertiary infections would be possible.

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