I have a five year old male dachshund named Rufus. I would like to get Rufus tested for Hypothyroidism and Lupus or another potential auto-immune disorder. Since the day after receiving a large group of vaccinations at 1 year old, Rufus has had varying symptoms listed below, with the most frequent being bacterial folliculitis. We have seen two different dermatologists and several general practitioner veterinarians and have not received any indication of what his underlying problem could be. The dermatologists maintain that he has allergies, but full allergy testing revealed that he has only seasonal allergies and the related allergy shots have not helped; the response we have received to this is that allergy treatment is difficult. The only treatment besides long-term antibiotics that has helped his bacterial folliculitis is frequent bathing with medicated shampoo. All doctors we have seen have told us to stop this because we could potentially dry out his skin. This advice is quite frustrating, because potential dry skin seems like a mild risk, especially compared to side effects of all of the medication this poor dog has endured (and, after a year of frequent bathing, his skin is not dry).
After four years of these symptoms, as I mentioned, that started the day after receiving a group of vaccines, I am convinced that the root cause of them is an auto-immune disorder. The question, of course, is which one? And then, once that is decided, how do we treat it?
Any advice/experience with something similar would be quite welcome. Thank you in advance.
Here are his symptoms, present on and off for 4 years:
- chronic bacterial folliculitis, responsive to antibiotics - frequent ear infections, mainly yeast-based - blackening/thickening of the underarms - frequent yeast infections of the skin - mostly underarms and groin - peeling nose, revealing bloody sores - hyperactivity and compulsiveness - agression towards other dogs - patchy hair loss - round, raised flat bump on mouth - size of a dime - strange growths on paws - weight gain, despite dieting and frequent exercise
Things that have helped: - long-term antibiotics for folliculitis - frequent bathing with Duoxo shampoo prevents the folliculitis - cleaning and drying ears frequently cut down on ear infections, plus using vetromycin when symptoms appear
Things that have not helped: - full allergy testing and allergy shots - staph lysate shots - varied topical treatments - medicated foot soaksView Thread