Have a Harlequin Great Dane who just turned a year last month. He has a really bad skin condition that he continually scratches and licks and does it to the point where he is raw. Hes got patches of hair that is missing he looks like a wreck. He eats Diamond food. Doesnt get table food. He had been treated for whipworm and now gets monthly worm pills. The doctor is trying to use the steroid shots which works if he gets them every month. But it takes a few weeks for his hair to grow back.The vet is beginning to think hes going to have to do a skin biopsy. Any suggestions?
If the steroid injections are effective than the problem could be allergies or autoimmune disease.
A biopsy may be a good idea, but if you are hesitant about the idea, the following options could be tried:
Skin scraping to check for demodex, scabies, or other mites.
Culture and sensitivity to check for bacterial or fungal pyoderma
Hypoallergenic food trial
Try the following medications: Atopica, antihistamines, and oral steroids, antibiotics and antifungals for the secondary infections.
Allergy testing (skin testing or blood test)
Copyright 1994-2018MedHelp.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Vitals Consumer Services, LLC.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.