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Old 10-25-2016, 11:44 PM
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Pitbull skin problems, losing hair patches & red pimples

Hey, I have a 3 year old black and white Staffordshire bull terrier & last year he started losing patches of hair around the same time. But this is the first time he has bumps under his front armpits and on his chest. They are like pimples but you can grab them. I know he has allergies to wheat products and chicken so he eats grain free food either bison, rabbit, or salmon. His eyes have been red since he was little and the vet said they were fine, but now one stays a little more closed than the other and constantly water. He had a skin scraping done last year for mange and it was negative. I'm lost and just want to get help for my poor baby. If you guys have ever seen anything like this that could lead me to a treatment I'd appreciate it

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The fastest way to find out if it's a food allergy is to switch to raw - it's a single source protein, free of anything.

I would get a full thyroid blood panel done on the dog personally. Hypothyroidism can cause all of these symptoms.
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The thyroid panel sounds like a very good idea in this situation. I can't see the picture well, but would you describe the lesions as pustules? My girl has severe poultry allergies and apparently a handful of environmental allergies because after some hikes she will get patches of pustules in the same areas (belly, groin, pits). My best guess is that she is getting a bit of dermatitis from running through an allergenic plant. I just use ketolorac or lotriderm or whatever hydrocortisone cream I have handy from my own prescriptions. It clears it up overnight.
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The fastest way to find out if it's a food allergy is to switch to raw - it's a single source protein, free of anything.

I would get a full thyroid blood panel done on the dog personally. Hypothyroidism can cause all of these symptoms.

If there is a problem with the dog's immune system causing this issue, a raw food diet will overtax it to its limits. If it is hypothyroidism, even worse, because that also destroys the immune system. An under-functioning immune system = no way to deal with the bacterial load that raw meat contains.

I would humbly suggest take this dog off grain free immediately, however. Many brands substitute with junk such as tapioca and white potatoes, and those are sugary foods that do have an effect on insulin levels, and can throw off all the hormones. A blood panel, and switching to a limited ingredient diet would probably be your best course of action.
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If there is a problem with the dog's immune system causing this issue, a raw food diet will overtax it to its limits. If it is hypothyroidism, even worse, because that also destroys the immune system. An under-functioning immune system = no way to deal with the bacterial load that raw meat contains.

I would humbly suggest take this dog off grain free immediately, however. Many brands substitute with junk such as tapioca and white potatoes, and those are sugary foods that do have an effect on insulin levels, and can throw off all the hormones. A blood panel, and switching to a limited ingredient diet would probably be your best course of action.
Ever deal with a hypo dog? Jagger was fed raw prior to being diagnosed and it really helped. The vet recommended keeping him on raw along with medications. Whole raw foods are great for many medical conditions that are autoimmune.
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Ever deal with a hypo dog? Jagger was fed raw prior to being diagnosed and it really helped. The vet recommended keeping him on raw along with medications. Whole raw foods are great for many medical conditions that are autoimmune.

Several. It's a problem in Beagles and I've had four dogs diagnosed with it over the years. It is an established fact that low thyroid function suppresses the immune system. The dogs I had with it were, every single one of them, prone to systemic yeast infection, because the normal candida inside the body just flourishes. They also cannot eat a diet too low in carbs, because complex carbs are the preferred fuel of the thyroid gland. I fed raw for a very, very long time, and remember the two hypothyroid dogs I had on that diet were eating reasonable amounts of food but constantly hungry and overweight.

Now I have a 15 yr old who ate raw for years who is currently on about 80% cooked and 20% kibble. She is significantly leaner, has a better coat and has stopped sprouting hormonal induced lumps since making the switch. However, finding a good supplementary kibble was a chore, and we went through several before settling on her present diet. Diet affects the condition, so if a dog is doing better on raw than its previous kibble, it is only because the ingredient causing the trouble has been eliminated.

BTW, raw also tends to be low in potassium and iodine, which are vital for hypothyroid dogs (and humans). They are prone to heart problems, so low potassium can quickly spell trouble, as it is essential for regulating muscle contractions.
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Poor baby. This is similar to the issues our previous dog had - he developed skin allergies and had to be put on medication. I hope you find a solution.
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