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My 2 yr old red male doie having hair issues on both hips. He eats grain free, coconut, NuVet, Showstopper and Freshfactor. What can I do to get his hair back?

 

Sometimes this is just a seasonal thing. However, I would look to things like thyroid first. Ask your vet for a full thyroid panel - not just a T-4.  Low thyroid is really common in Dobermans and can cause a whole host of issues including thinning coat. 

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will do, thanls

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Thank you.

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Hi my male dobie 21months continues to have issues with his feet.  He is always licking and biting his feet.  He has sores on his feet.  I have taken him to the vet numerous times and they always say....he has allergies....but do not know what causing it.  They give him antibotics and foot sprays and send us on our way.   A month later we are back.  This time they give us more medications.   Again, we leave with a large bill and still no results.

Can anyone help me with my big guy.

 

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Buddy - I responded on the other thread you posted this on.  Change to a different protein source - I'd recommend fish.

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Hi my male dobie 21months continues to have issues with his feet.  He is always licking and biting his feet.  He has sores on his feet.  I have taken him to the vet numerous times and they always say....he has allergies....but do not know what causing it.  They give him antibotics and foot sprays and send us on our way.   A month later we are back.  This time they give us more medications.   Again, we leave with a large bill and still no results.

Can anyone help me with my big guy.

 

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In the same way they can do tests on people to see what exactly they are allergic to - You can have those tests run on your dog.

VARL out of pasedena california is one of the companies that can do that sort of testing and then help you figure out how to deal with it.

http://www.varlallergy.com/

 

It aint cheap at the beginning but it can keep your dog away from or reduce the need for steroids if that is something you are concerned about.

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THANK YOU!!!   I will look into the website

 

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Their website explains everything they do in detail. For a young dog - This might be cheaper for you in the long run than what you are doing now. A cheaper way (long term) to get relief for your dog without having to worry about possible issues from long term use of steroids and such that just treat the symptoms...

I have had one 'allergy dobie' in the past and it was a very costly problem. Most of the vets I took that dog to see over its lifespan were perfectly happy to keep seeing us over and over and only treat the symptoms when things flared up.

And then one day we found a Vet that was more concerned with finding out what was actually causing the problem instead of just treating the symptoms.