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My 5 years old GS dog suddenly got this and spread all over his body. I visited about 3 vets and so many different treatments from everyone of them with no result. Can anyone please help.
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I got frustrated as it have been two months now and still got no results.

Any help will be so much appropriated.

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Could be an allergic reaction if none of the vet treatments have worked, but my first guess would be something pathogenic, possibly fungal. In your shoes, I'd probably trim the hair short around one of the spots and do a twice daily wash with a general-purpose antifungal like Absorbine Sr. If it shows improvement after a week, I'd proceed with treating the rest of the spots, and if not the next try would be another vet or an elimination diet.
 

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I'm not a vet but the first thing I thought when I saw the picture was "mange". That's a parasitic infection of tiny mites. Have you discussed the possibility of mange with your vet?

The vet can easily see if it is, or is not, mange by taking a skin scraping and looking at it under a microscope. Do you remember any of the vets doing this?
 

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I'm not a vet but the first thing I thought when I saw the picture was "mange". That's a parasitic infection of tiny mites. Have you discussed the possibility of mange with your vet?

The vet can easily see if it is, or is not, mange by taking a skin scraping and looking at it under a microscope. Do you remember any of the vets doing this?
Thanks for your help. The vets didn't take a skin scraping. They only said it's a fungal infection.
 

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I am not a vet either, but this is a result in my experience with a fungal infection.
When one of our dogs had a ringworm (fungal) infection, our vet suggested using "Canesten" (Clotrimazole) for thrush control. . ( he said this was a cheaper method than anything he could prescribe). Instructions were, "use sparingly 2 times daily for 10 days". And yes it did clear up.
 

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Thanks for your help. The vets didn't take a skin scraping. They only said it's a fungal infection.
Seems odd to me that if they said it was a fungal infection that they gave you an anti-bacterial, ear drops and some vitamins. At least, that's what I'm seeing in the pictures you posted. Did they give you anything else that you didn't post a picture of?
 

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Seems odd to me that if they said it was a fungal infection that they gave you an anti-bacterial, ear drops and some vitamins. At least, that's what I'm seeing in the pictures you posted. Did they give you anything else that you didn't post a picture of?
Some of the prescription slips include anti-fungals (at least, they do if I'm reading that chicken-scratch right), but I agree that it looks like they're treating based on apparent symptoms without actually identifying a cause.
 

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All the vets actually didn't identify the right cause so that the prescription includes anti bacterial, anti fungals and antibiotics and antihistamine for allergy as well and also includes some vitamins.
 

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I am not a vet either, but this is a result in my experience with a fungal infection.
When one of our dogs had a ringworm (fungal) infection, our vet suggested using "Canesten" (Clotrimazole) for thrush control. . ( he said this was a cheaper method than anything he could prescribe). Instructions were, "use sparingly 2 times daily for 10 days". And yes it did clear up.
Thanks for your help.
 

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That's all they gave.
I'm still confused. Did you pick up everything they prescribed? All I'm seeing in the pictures you posted are vitamines, ear drops and an anti-bacterial. Did you try the anti-fungal that they suggested?

As I said, I'm not a doctor but the "kitchen sink" approach seems most logical if they think the dog will die from the condition. However, if you do that and it works then there is no way to trouble shoot the cause.
 

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Yes I tried all except for injection as it wasn't available. Nothing worked.
If none of it helped, it could be there's some underlying problem suppressing the immune system or affecting nutrient absorption. A lot of skin conditions arise when the body struggles to meet other "more important" basic needs (i.e. keeping the organs functioning optimally).

Of course, the solution could be as simple as taking a look at what you're feeding - not all commercial feeds are properly balanced, and a lot of dogs are sensitive to particular ingredients (chicken is a common culprit). If they're not getting the nutrients they need, or not absorbing them because the digestive tract is irritated, skin conditions are a typical outcome.
 
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