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Hi there I am new and I need some help with our dog. She is a Chesapeake Bay Retreiver and she is 4 years old her name is Reese…..
She is a wonderful dog but she is always sick. Right now she is off her medication, and we have an appointment tomorrow with her vet. See with her skin condition she has to stay on prednisone and every so often antibiotics to keep it under control. We have tried everything from special diets, prescription dog food, allergy shots, prescription shampoos, Benadryl, and sprays. Currently when she is off her meds her skin gets worse but we had to wait for an appointment so she is really bad right now and I think she has developed an ear infection too. She scratches so bad that she bleeds and bites at herself sometimes she poops blood every now and then and now she has this growth on her backside that I am hoping is just an abscess. I guess my question is when do you say enough is enough. When she is on her meds she does better, she doesn’t itch as much and bite at herself and her skin doesn’t smell horrible but if you take away just the antibiotics and leave her on the prednisone eventually she has to go back on the antibiotics because she starts to break out again and her skin starts smelling so bad. It is just hard because like I said she is a great dog and listens and believe it or not she still wags her tail all the time. Her hips aren’t great either she can no longer jump on our bed and of course she is over weight because of the prednisone. What do you do? She is only going on 4 years old and we have been battling this since about 5 months old. We care about her so much any advice from anyone who has been there?

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Oh dear, poor puppy!! I've never had to deal with anything like this so I really don't know. Hopefully your vet will be able to diagnose it and she'll get better very soon :)

Have you tried her on the nature diet?
 

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i agree with Squeena about the Nature Diet, i really hope your lovely dog improves xx
 

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Hi skin problems are VERY common in dogs some are worse than others.I would be seeking a vet that specilises in dermatology i know our local vet has a specialist.As for the blood in her faeces this can be caused by the prednisolone - you must tell your vet about this as it may be she needs some gut protectants.I would def go see a specialist though - they can do tests to determine what she is allergic to - especially if she is as bad as you say - she is only four and you are right it is not fair on her to continue down this route but i would not be considering euthanasia.Preds can be a quick fix for skin problems but they will not cure it.Good luck.:)
 

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She has been tested for allergies and she is allergic to a lot of environmental things but not food that is way we tried the allergy shots for a year and they did not work. We have tried special diets too, they do not work. She has been tested for mange, thyroid disease, mites and nothing. We beleive it is hereditary because 2 of her siblings have the same problems and no luck treating them either.

Thanks for all the advice we go today back to the vet so we will see what they think.
 
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My heart goes out to you, we nearly lost our Chesy a year ago, but luckily he is now fine. (not the same as yours unfortunately)
Have you tried a holistic vet, if yours can't sort it and you are at the stage of asking the PTS question then surely it would be worth a try first?
 

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Have you tried feed a natural Diet(raw meat and veg)? Mavis has skin allergies and changing her diet helped a lot, Could it be the time of year why she is very bad at the moment? Mavis is on antihistamines throughout summer which helps, as summer time her skin is worse.As for the ear infection, these seem to be linked to dogs with skin allergies, I always have some ear drops kept in the fridge off the vet and as soon as i see her ears flaring up i use the drops, a good sign that she is starting with a bad ear infection is when it fells rough inside the ear.

Hope you get her sorted or get it at least under control as it can be so upsetting watching them suffer,
I have a friend who has Mavis sister who is also very bad, she has had skin scrapes etc, she has found that bathing her in hibiscrub once a week helped a lot with her skin

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