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Old 06-19-2017, 09:33 AM   #1
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Hello Everyone,
We have a little problem. Maddie has a bald spot behind her right front leg. She has been having this spot for about 6 months and it is has not grown back. She has been to two different veterinarians. Maddie's regular vet did a skin scraping and looked at the area with some kind of light. Dr. M prescribed her a tube of antibiotic and told me to apply it twice daily. Second vet gave her an injection of steroids for itching. The skin scrapping was negative, the antibiotic nor the steroid injection did anything. I am feeding her Royal Canine, she has been eating this since she was a baby. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.
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My little yorkie, Romeo, suffered from similar problems for years. I got so destressed because nothing worked - antibiotics, Prednisone, shampoos, creams, you name it. Finally I found a relatively new drug for dogs called Apoquil. After 2 weeks, he's cured. No more itching, gnawing on his paws, bald spots, small sores that filled with puss. It is safe, as opposed to steroids, and be given for as long as needed. Ask your vet about it and it might be just what your girl needs.
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Sometimes you see this kind of result after a vaccine is given in an area, but this isn't usually where they are given.

Is the bald area growing or staying the same...?

Was a culture grown out for 14 days to check for ring worm?
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Hello Everyone,
We have a little problem. Maddie has a bald spot behind her right front leg. She has been having this spot for about 6 months and it is has not grown back. She has been to two different veterinarians. Maddie's regular vet did a skin scraping and looked at the area with some kind of light. Dr. M prescribed her a tube of antibiotic and told me to apply it twice daily. Second vet gave her an injection of steroids for itching. The skin scrapping was negative, the antibiotic nor the steroid injection did anything. I am feeding her Royal Canine, she has been eating this since she was a baby. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.
PS: I have attempted to attach a picture or problem area. (I am still learning this thing called a computer)

We are 7 months into a similar saga. We also checked to see if that was an area of a vaccination, but couldn't really identify any. We checked for injury or rubbing from her harness or anything in her environment she was snagging on. Antibiotic ointments, antibiotics, oral steroid courses - 3 times. She would improve a little and then relapse. Her spot was where her chip had migrated to. So, finally we had that removed about 10 days ago. Her single stitch comes out tomorrow. So, now we'll wait and see. We have noticed other things she's sensitive to also. We absolutely can not use latex grooming bands. Her head will immediately get irritated and she's begin pulling the band and whatever hair comes out with it. We also found applesauce makes her itchy - maybe only one brand - but we can just avoid that. We have adopted hypoallergenic shampoo and conditioner (Earth Bath) although those haven't seemed to cure anything.


The one thing that has worked to encourage hair growth is melatonin. We got the lowest dose at the health food store at the advice of our vet and she took that for 60 days. Her general coat improved and we would see hair start to grow in the area of loss but then relapse would happen. I think we will do that again soon as they had to shave the area around the area of the chip removal so now her spot is even bigger! At this point, I am not sure the original spot will ever grow back in but I'm hopeful that at least it won't spread as it had done before.


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Sometimes you see this kind of result after a vaccine is given in an area, but this isn't usually where they are given.

Is the bald area growing or staying the same...?

Was a culture grown out for 14 days to check for ring worm?




The bald area is staying the same. Yes Mame, the culture was grown for 14 days. I spoke to a Yorkie breeder and she suggested it might be the ProHeart 6 injections and to switch her to the Interceptor chewable tablets.
I noticed the bald area 4 months after her first ProHeart 6 injection. It may be a coincidence but I am willing to try the Interceptor chewable tablets to prevent heartworms and intestinal parasites.
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The bald area is staying the same. Yes Ma'am, the culture was grown for 14 days. I spoke to a Yorkie breeder and she suggested it might be the ProHeart 6 injections and to switch her to the Interceptor chewable tablets.
I noticed the bald area 4 months after her first ProHeart 6 injection. It may be a coincidence but I am willing to try the Interceptor chewable tablets to prevent heartworms and intestinal parasites. ( I misspelled Ma'am in my original reply)

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The bald area is staying the same. Yes Ma'am, the culture was grown for 14 days. I spoke to a Yorkie breeder and she suggested it might be the ProHeart 6 injections and to switch her to the Interceptor chewable tablets.
I noticed the bald area 4 months after her first ProHeart 6 injection. It may be a coincidence but I am willing to try the Interceptor chewable tablets to prevent heartworms and intestinal parasites. ( I misspelled Ma'am in my original reply)


We have been using topical Revolution and I have decided we will also switch to an oral medication to spare her skin the exposure to the topical. Sometimes I think I've become paranoid and overly cautious, but I am sure that it's important to identify all the possible sources of skin irritation and switch to alternatives.
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The bald area is staying the same. Yes Mame, the culture was grown for 14 days. I spoke to a Yorkie breeder and she suggested it might be the ProHeart 6 injections and to switch her to the Interceptor chewable tablets.
I noticed the bald area 4 months after her first ProHeart 6 injection. It may be a coincidence but I am willing to try the Interceptor chewable tablets to prevent heartworms and intestinal parasites.
If the injection was given at that exact site, then I'd definitely be suspect of that. Interceptor is a very nice heartworm prevention.
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The bald area is staying the same. Yes Mame, the culture was grown for 14 days. I spoke to a Yorkie breeder and she suggested it might be the ProHeart 6 injections and to switch her to the Interceptor chewable tablets.
I noticed the bald area 4 months after her first ProHeart 6 injection. It may be a coincidence but I am willing to try the Interceptor chewable tablets to prevent heartworms and intestinal parasites.
Pro heart is I believe the shot that is very dangerous, I would not use it again.
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