shih tzu skin skin problems

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Jan 9th, 2009 00:18
Connecticut
rhiannonlynne
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My Shih Tzu, Bisket, is an adorable little girl, full of love and energy, she was born 4/20/08. Ever since I got her, she has a skin problem, that gives her bald spots, when she chews them too much. I took her to the vet, and the vet said, it was an immune problem, that hopefully will go away when she matures a bit. The vet gave her some antibiotics. The vet stated, there is not much more she can do for this ailment. I feed her good dog food, she is loved and well cared for by the family. The sad thing is, when I take her out, people are taken back by the bald skin spots on her, this interferes with her socialization, with others, animals and people alike. They seem to think, they can catch something from her. I explain what it is, the vet called it somekind of dermititis, caused by her immune system, and not contagious, but still puts people off.
   
She goes on chewing on different areas, right now, its her front paws. I give her chewy toys and such, hoping it might make her stop chewing herself. Any advice on this? I should also mention, it has seemed to improve a bit since I got her. But it is still a problem, nonetheless. Thanks for your time.
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Jan 20th, 2009 16:53
Pennsylvania
butchw1
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When I got my first Shih Tzu he also had skin problems - I took him to several vets and knowone could tell me what the hell was wrong with him. He had bald spots everywhere and fur all over my house, well I started to get him groomed very short a puppy cut and then I found a wonderful vet and she told me it was like a yeast infection in their system and will never go away. They did the samething and gave him tons of drugs and finially they put him on prednizone and he was on it up until he pasted he was three when I got him and he died 6 years later but of cancer. But it did help him I made sure he was groomed every 8 weeks and gave him a bath once a week to keep the small away. I know you are in a different state but if you would like to call them her name is Dr. Kellerman Mobile Vet PA. 724-843-5443- see what she has to say it couldn't hurt.
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Jan 20th, 2009 20:06
Florida
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If you can find a vet who specializes in dermatology it would be worth a visit, although it won't be cheap. Your dog could have a yeast infection, a fungal infection, demedex mites or any number of other things, including food, household and outdoor allergies. Only a qualified vet can do all the testing, hopefully make a proper diagnosis and then set up a treatment program. Skin problems are rampant in Florida where I live and every dog is diagnosed with a different allergen and a different treatment program. I would not wait and hope the puppy grows out of the condition because permanent hair root damage can occur from some of the potential underlying causes. You have my sympathy as I have been down the path with itchy, chewing dogs and it is so frustrating not being able to allay their discomfort.
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