I Have A Teriffic Black Lab That Is A Family/Hunting Dog She Is Abouts 3yrs And Over The Last 5 Or 6Months Has Encounter Some Kind Of Skin diseases Although These Last Couple Weeks She Seems To Be Getting Worse Her Skin Is severely Dry & Flaking, Her Ears Are To And Have A Really Strong Odor.......We Arrange For Her To See A Specialist Which Is Gonna Cost Of Tons Of Money But Were Willing To Do It My Question Is Has Anyone Else Encounter This Kind Of Problem? And Has It Cured?............Or Maybe Someone Can Shed Some Light On This To Me......
I had a blood hound that had something similar to this. The vet to skin samples thinking that it was sarcoptic mange, turned out it was caused by food allergies. We experimented a lot and found out that a high quality lamb and rice food was the trick to clearing it up. She had dry, scaly looking skin mainly on her neck but some on the ears and face and it was very itchy. The change in diet took about 2 weeks before we started seeing a big difference. I hope your dog is going to be okay and that she clears up soon. Karen
Most likely - fleas. We had a lab mix that was so allergic to fleas just 1 or 2 would cause her to itch, stink, lose hair and her skin would swell and get puffy wherever she got bitten. Next likely - food allergy. It can be difficult to determine exactly which food she could be allergic to so I rather hope it is fleas. Possibly - mange or an allergy to something in your home like soap, air freshener or fabric softener.
I am a dog groomer and I see this all the time where I live. (Lake Tahoe) Because we have the lake here dogs who get wet a lot, especially in the winter, do not dry very quickly. This can develope a yeast infection on the skin of the dog. It can simply be taken care of with special shampoo that your vet can give you. ($20) that is if that is what it is and only your vet can tell you for sure. Good luck and I hope that it is as simple as that.
I don't think a specialist is in order yet. You should rule out all the other things it could be, before seeing a specialist, because a regular vet can test for the most likely culprits. In my opinion, it could be food allergies,(what do you feed her?) sarcoptic mange (diagnosed by a skin scraping), fleas (have you treated her for fleas?) atopic dermatitis, meaning something in her environment that she is sensitive to, staph infection and yeast infection. If all of these are not the problem, and after doing a full blood panel, then you'd seek the advice of a specialist. Good luck.