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Hi there,

I have a 3 year old female siberian husky named Lila who started developing spots around her eyes and on her muzzle of extreme crustiness and scaling. These spots become itchy and when she scratches at them they become red, raw lesions. When the crustiness and scaling is present, hair comes out very very easily when rubbed. She also suffers from chronic ear infections. For this, our vets have prescribed us prednisone in case of an immune disease, zinc supplementation for a possible zinc deficiency, as well as Benadryl and special food for a possible allergy. Then yesterday I was giving her her bedtime belly rub and came across 3 large (nickel - quarter size) non-raised, bright red rings with a small red dot in the middle - a 'bulls-eye' lesion - 2 in one axilla (armpit) and one on each side of her rear axilla. Through all of this, I have never noticed a pustule or vesicle of any type. Looking closer, I can see a few tiny lesions starting to form, but it is not born of a pustule or vesicle, they just sort of appear and grow. There also does not appear to be any hair loss on or around the new lesions.

Her condition(s) are not contagious - we have lived with my roommates dog for two years and also my cat and neither of them have any health issues whatsoever.

If anyone has any idea as to what this may be (I am starting to consider Erythema multiforme) or is able to help in any way, I would really appreciate it a lot.

I have attached pictures.

Thanks in advance,

Kimberly and Lila
 

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Oh poor thing :(

I've not come across anything like this before but have you changed any products you use in your home - has her bedding been washed in a different washing powder or anything?

Has the vet done a skin scraping?

Sorry I can't be much help xx If you do find out what it is please let us know x
 

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I have done everything. Skin scrapings, fungal cultures, and two biopsies; both came back inconclusive. We switched vets, food, and started on all of the medications I listed. Her scaly / crusty lesions are under control probably thanks to the prednisone, but then yesterday I discovered these new lesions which she's never had before. One step forward, 3 steps back...
 
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If there is a chance of AI disease - then you need to get a firm diagnosis sooner rather then later! It the correct doses of medication are administrated early enought the Imune system can be kicked back into place!! If not - I dare not show you a picture!!! but press the vet on this one!
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it could be zinc deficiency its not uncommon in huskies, it usually starts on the muzzle or around the eye area
 

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DT, thanks for the response. She is on prednisone to suppress the immune system...in your experience, what does it take to get it back to normal?

Bonnylee, I considered ringworm as well, but there is no hair loss, pustules, vesicles or nodules of any kind. The new lesions aren't crusty or scaly and they don't itch. Nothing seems to add up.
 

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it could be zinc deficiency its not uncommon in huskies, it usually starts on the muzzle or around the eye area
Hi there, thanks for the suggestion. She is currently receiving zinc supplementation 2x the regularly prescribed dosage. Not sure if this is helping as she is also on the prednisone which seems to be a bit of a bandaid cure-all.
 

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it could be zinc deficiency its not uncommon in huskies, it usually starts on the muzzle or around the eye area[/QU

hope you are right Noush!!!
oops ive just had a proper read of the ops post & the vet has put her on zinc,

one of mine has had ZD(noushka actually:laugh:)

is the dog on a high dose of zinc gluconate?
 
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DT, thanks for the response. She is on prednisone to suppress the immune system...in your experience, what does it take to get it back to normal?

Bonnylee, I considered ringworm as well, but there is no hair loss, pustules, vesicles or nodules of any kind. The new lesions aren't crusty or scaly and they don't itch. Nothing seems to add up.
I dare not tell you on the forum - for fear anyone would try if they suspected it! needs close monitering by a vet, liver tests ect there is also another drug (anzi) which if the dog can tolerate is sucessful - is there a chance it could be AI??
 

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im just going to give more information on how i treated my husky for ZRD incase this is what yours has.

i gave her 3 15mg tablets of zinc gluconate......a lot of people use zincaderm

i put her on arden grange salmon & rice

& fed her tinned salmon or sardines in oil most days, you need lots of fish in the diet

a friend of mines husky had it really bad i have pics somewhere i'll try to find them & scan them for you to see:)
it took several weeks before i noticed things improving with my girl, but heres a pic of her when she was almost better,it was terrible around her eye, i wish i had taken pics when it was bad.

ive just found this from sshc......http://www.scottishshc.org.uk/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1219233390/15
 

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Noushka, thanks for the info!!

I've found an older picture of what my poor girl looks like during one of her bad bouts, maybe someone will recognize a condition?

Thanks again,

Kimbery and Lila
 

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I dare not tell you on the forum - for fear anyone would try if they suspected it! needs close monitering by a vet, liver tests ect there is also another drug (anzi) which if the dog can tolerate is sucessful - is there a chance it could be AI??
Yes, I think so. That's what our old vet said, but after all of the biopsies and tests nobody has been able to confirm anything, so I don't know what to think.
 

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Kimberley looking at those pics it could well be zrd, but i think it would be good to get more opinions so im going to pm you some husky sites & i would post that pic on them if i were you:) Jo x
 
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Great idea nousk!
I shall also pm an auto immune support site! it is invitation only but I'll do the intro if you are interested.

Also google Jean Dodds (usa AI specialist) very informative and attached to the group I mentioned.
 

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Great idea nousk!
I shall also pm an auto immune support site! it is invitation only but I'll do the intro if you are interested.

Also google Jean Dodds (usa AI specialist) very informative and attached to the group I mentioned.
that sounds excellent DT:thumbsup: xxx
 
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