Dog With Skin allergies

My Dog Has Skin Allergies - Nothing helps! 

I have taken my dog to the vet multiple times over this reoccurring issue. He gets dry patches of skin that itch so bad he scratches them until they bleed and they become inflamed and ooze.

He also gets cyst-like bubbles on his feet and mouth area. They fill up with blood and pus.

They don't ever go away. Even after they bust they come right back. They get a little better with antibiotics but as soon as the medicine runs out they become really bad again.

We've even changed his food multiple times and I'm lost on what to do. The vets just tell me it's allergies and that it won't ever go away and it breaks my heart to see my sweet boy so miserable.

Can you please give me some ideas on what to do or things I can try. I feel like I've tried everything in the book. These vet bills are killing my bank account.

Hi,  A skin allergy can sometimes cause multiple problems. They often recur once medications are stopped, so rather than being cured, they have to be managed.  The fact that he gets a bit better with antibiotics suggests a bacterial infection which can be secondary to allergic skin disease.  

Less commonly, lesions around the face and on the feet can be due to an auto-immune condition. The best way to rule this out is to get your vet to biopsy the lesions and get them tested. Allergic skin disease can be managed with combinations of antibiotics to control infections, shampoos –prescription ones, not cosmetic ones- and adding essential fatty acid supplements (e.g. Evening primrose oil) to the diet can help in the long term. 

Sometimes the only thing that will control itching is steroids, although we try and use these sparingly. There are other anti-itching drugs available but not all dogs are candidates for these. For tricky cases, I will sometimes refer my clients to a dermatological specialist, so it might be worth mentioning this to your vet if they’ve reached a bit of a dead-end. This may be more expensive in the short term, but save you in the long term.

Best wishes

Louise Rayment-Dyble BVetMed CertZooMed MRCVS 

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