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#159580 - 06/02/11 09:58 PM Re: Mason Skin Issues- Thoughts? [Re: GSDTrain]
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Well, darn it. I hope that this will be the end of it.

If not, we might have to see if there is a supplement program that might help. It's so tough, the darn GSD immune system can be so incompetent. If he has repeated skin infections, then I would worry a bit about that IgA deficiency.

BUT, hopefully, that's not it - so encouraged at how well he is looking!
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#159590 - 06/02/11 10:32 PM Re: Mason Skin Issues- Thoughts? [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Thanks!
Yes, he looks really good, which is awesome, and is not having any other issues except for this one spot...no intense itching etc.
I don't think it is another skin infection...I believe it is still part of the first one we were treating for and it wasn't completely gone when the antibiotics ran out.
I first noticed the sore as we were nearing the last few days of his first round of abx, called the vet the next day to continue the script for a little longer but the vet wanted me to wait and see if it would heal or get worse. I have been cleaning it daily and putting antibiotic ontiment on it, but when I went to clean it last night I noticed it was starting to look oozy and called the vet this AM for more abx. I picked them up early this evening....so hopefully 3 weeks from now it will be completely gone! smile

Despite him being on the antibiotics for another 3 weeks, I am really amazed and happy at how far he has come already....just his coat alone looks 100 times better than before. He is totally on the right track now and we won't be looking back! smile
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#159594 - 06/02/11 10:38 PM Re: Mason Skin Issues- Thoughts? [Re: GSDTrain]
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Oh, that sounds good about the sore being there before - very encouraging.

yes, no looking back now!
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#167444 - 07/12/11 09:53 PM Re: Mason Skin Issues- Thoughts? [Re: BowWowMeow]
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Sigh, Ashley, I just wanted to thank you for this thread.

Looks like Max has the same thing (nearly identical places, colors, etc), and the abx that he's on (for his fistula) isn't getting at it. Similar insane itching too. Started after some "heme acupuncture", where she injected his own blood into the acu points in those back legs and other areas. Makes me think his blood is just toxic, which wouldn't be surprising.

Now that I see Mason's pics again, off to figure out what to do...

I'm really glad to see how well your boy is continuing to do - very encouraging!
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#167593 - 07/13/11 06:14 PM Re: Mason Skin Issues- Thoughts? [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Sorry to hear about Max. Hope you get it all figured out!
Mason continues to do well (I hope I am not jinxing myself by saying this!) and I couldn't be happier!
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#167596 - 07/13/11 06:29 PM Re: Mason Skin Issues- Thoughts? [Re: GSDTrain]
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Yes, be careful what you say.....and I'm so happy for you guys!

I will use some cipro on Max, his digestive system has such a difficult time with Ceph. He has a vet appt scheduled for next week, and I should know by then whether or not it's working. Always something!
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#169662 - 07/25/11 04:50 PM Re: Mason Skin Issues- Thoughts? [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Mason is doing well (knock on wood!!)! smile
A little off topic but, Mason went to the vet today for a check up. He weighed a healthy 73.8# (he has lost weight (5#) since last visit, but still looks good). He got his rabies vaccine (3yr). He was also heartworm tested, which can back negative! as well as tested for lyme, anaplasmosis, and erhlichia which also came back negative! Unfortunately, his fecal came back postivie for whipworms, which completely suprised me, so we are now treating him for it with Panacur. Vet recommended monthly interceptor or Triflexis (sp?) to prevent from happening again...have any thoughts on those? I'm just worried about them possibly screwing up his system, as he is on a strict raw diet and never gets anything non-raw. The only way to know is to try, correct? ( I have used interceptor on Ivy in the past without any issues. I don't know anything about Triflexis as it is kind of new).
While there, I also got a refill of the shampoo that I got last time I was there, this way I have it on hand may I need it again (hopefully I won't anytime soon!).
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#169751 - 07/26/11 01:33 AM Re: Mason Skin Issues- Thoughts? [Re: GSDTrain]
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Knock Wood!! crossedfingers ! I hope that you don't need that shampoo either smile

I think that Kathy uses Triflexis, maybe a forum search will bring up info on it? She might be the only one I've seen so far?

I use Interceptor, at a low dose, so it's only good for HW, not for the worms. Here's one way to look at it. Is it better for him to be on the monthly at full strength for his weight, or to once in awhile need panacur. Let's say the fecal didn't pick up the whipworms, then you have a dog getting sicker....I think you can convince yourself either way.

Does the vet think this might be a reason for the weight loss? Is this is first weight since going raw?
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#169864 - 07/26/11 10:09 PM Re: Mason Skin Issues- Thoughts? [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Thanks Lisa!

No, this is not his first "weight check" since being on raw. He gets weighed every week.

Before raw, he weighed about 73lbs or so, he looked good but could stand to add a few pounds. After I put him on raw he started gaining weight and got up to 78lbs, which is where he sould be at.
Then over the last month or so, he hadn't really been eating as much and would only eat some of his meals. I thought maybe he was getting picky, or it was too hot out for him to eat (it has been in the 90's and 100's here and we have no a/c), so I didn't really worry. I figured that his weight loss might also may be because he was running in agility now, and being more active since its summer, again I didn't see anything to worry about it. I did think about upping his food but I didn't because he wasn't eating his meals all the time and he was only going to eat so much ayways.

But now it all makes sense, having the whipworms show up in the fecal explains all of that because weight loss and loss of appetite are "signs" of whipworm. So yes, his weight loss and appetite loss are because of the nasty whipworms.

He has had 2 panacur treatments so far of 3, and I am already seeing a difference in his appetite. He is getting his "old" Mason appetite back! smile So hopefully we aren't too far off getting him back to his ideal weight!

As far as the Interceptor, my vet said that it is good for heartworm and intestinal parasites, not just heartworm. The only things it doesn't cover, according to my vet, is fleas and ticks.
For Trifexis, I will do a forum search and see what I can bring up. If I can research some good results, I may give it a try to see how it goes. We don't want anymore wormys in Mason!
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#169878 - 07/26/11 11:22 PM Re: Mason Skin Issues- Thoughts? [Re: GSDTrain]
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I think I read here that it's not effective for ticks, not sure about fleas.

It sure is nice when there is a straightforward solution that makes sense! (So jealous of a straightforward solution, but you went through the ringer too!)
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Indy, 5/1997-10/2010, RIP my friend, my teacher

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