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Itching And Hair Loss

Postby aodhfionn » Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:28 am

I have a very active, very hungry, very thristy, very shiny, healthy, well porpotion,spayed 3 year old black doberman. Last year she developed a terrible smell with a clamy belly. I thought I was related to the house furnance over heating the house that night(no licking was involved.)

After a few days when she worsen rather than improved and I noticed some hair loss on her flanks a I took her to the vet. He put her on antibiotic and fungal regime and a perscription shampoo, she did't improve, and now itchyness,ear itchyness and mucus in the eyes are added to the list. Took her to a different vet who put her on antibiotics and a different shampoo. No reief of her problem. Hair loss appears in herfront leg armpits and the rest of her underbellie area the hair is starting to thin. Took her to a third vet. He gave her a steriod shot and some predizone pills. The itchiness stop right away and no more oder.(From onset She never scratch her self. Some rubbing on bedding and insistant that I pet her and head shaking)   We had to stop that treatment right away because she started leaking urine when she lays down and she is a house dog. What should i do? I took the vet a sample of her urine I am waiting for those results? Thanks for any suggestion you may have. Vanessa  
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Itching And Hair Loss

Postby Breen » Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:17 am

Hi Vanessa,

There are many things that can cause hot spots but having them reoccur is something that needs to be examined.

Hot spots are surface skin infections caused when populations of normal skin bacteria grow and overwhelm normal resistance. They are generally circular patches that lose hair, can be swollen, may exude a smelly pus, and can be painfully itchy, causing your dog to scratch, lick, or bite to the point of self-mutilation. Untreated hot spots can spread and provoke a normally even-tempered dog to growl or nip when touched. These troublesome sores can seem to arise in a matter of hours with no warning, but they do tend to follow a pattern that helps in predicting their occurrence.

Dogs most susceptible to hot spots are those with heavy coats and histories of allergies, ear infections, flea infestations, irritated anal sacs, and grooming problems such as hair tangles and mats, but any dog can develop this infection. Dogs in warm, humid climates may develop hot spots when they shed their undercoats if the dead hair is trapped next to the skin, and dogs with behavior problems may mutilate themselves by licking and thus encourage an infection to become established.

The most common locations for hot spots are the legs and feet, flanks, and rump — areas that can be reached by licking or biting — but these localized infections can also appear on ears, neck, and chest if the dog is continually scratching.

The first thing I would like to address is vaccinations!  Many vets have been over vaccinating which can cause allergies and auto immune disease.  What is the relationship between when your dog was last vaccinated and the start of his symptoms?   Even if the vaccinations didn't directly cause this problem, I would refrain from vaccinating except for a three year rabies shot.   Go to the following page and follow the links:http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=vaccinations%2C+dogs%2C+dange...

From your description, I would like to address the possibility that your precious Rottie is suffering from allergies.   It is possible that the food he is eating could be causing his hot spots but you would also want to explore all the cleaning agents you use, the lawn care

products, new carpets, etc.   I personally only use Dr. Bronners and vinegar to clean with.  In the bathroom I use a small amount of chlorox and then clean over that with Dr. Bronners.

Addressing the possibility of food allergies:

Food May Be the Cause of Your Dog's Skin Problems.

Food allergies or sensitivities are usually the last suspect in detecting the cause of a dog's skin problems. Most dogs are fed the same type of dog food for years, so the food is rarely suspected. Dogs, like humans, can

develop a sensitivity to any food or additive at any time.

It is estimated that 10 to 15 percent of all allergic skin diseases in dogs and cats is caused by food allergy.

Dog food is made up of a combination of ingredients. The most common ingredients that can cause problems in a dog include:














Itchy skin is the primary symptom a dog suffers from food sensitivities.

Other symptoms may include:

anal itching

ear inflammations

hair loss

licking front paws

loss of appetite

face rubbing

head shaking

hot spots

These following symptoms may manifest but are rare:

asthma like symptoms

behavioral changes






Steps of Prevention

Be sure to eliminate all the foods in your dog's diet that match the list above, and feed your dog a commericial or homemade diet consisting of ingredients he has never eaten before.

The homemade diet should consist of two parts starch and one part protein.  Although duck, salmon, soy, venison, and rabbit are suggested for the  protein; and rice and potatoes for the starch; soy and rice are not always

safe substitutes.

It is generally recommended to start with duck and potato

based foods in the beginning.

You may be able to select a special commercial dog food blend that suits your dog's needs.

Whatever diet you choose for your dog, it should be the only food he ingests during the elimination period.

This means no table scraps, dog biscuits, dog bones, rawhide chews, vitamins, minerals or chewable heartworm pills.This elimination diet is only temporary and once you find out what your dog is allergic to you can start to add other ingredients to make a complete meal for your dog.

If symptoms begin to improve during the elimination period, you can then reintroduce each of the eliminated food items one at a time. Each food should be tested for a week before another is introduced. This will allow you to pinpoint which foods may be causing problems if symptoms resurface.

Once the offensive food is discovered, then reading dog food labels should help you pinpoint a food that meets the needs of your dog. Although there are many hypoallergenic dog foods on the market, be sure to read the

labels carefully.  Foods like Solid Gold Fish and Potato might work wonders for your dog.  You can also try Spot's Stew, Avoderm, Venison, Rabbit, Paul Newman etc, or continue to make your own food at home.  At

least that way the food is fresh and you know what has gone into it.  A helpful book is Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Dr. Pitcairn.

There is a site on dog health which includes great information about allergies and the best way to feed your dog.  I urge you to spend some time studying the information that this wonderful site has to offer.http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/animals.htm

Hairloss(hot spots) that occurs on the top of the dog and forms a triangle of hairloss, with the widest part of the triangle at the base of the tail and the point somewhere between the base of the tail and the shoulder blades, is usually due to flea bite or mosquito bite hypersensitivity. There are some conditions that can resemble flea allergy, including hypersensitivity to anal sac secretions, food allergy and sometimes inhalant allergies. Almost all allergic conditions respond to treatment. There are also times when the hair loss occurs due to hormonal disease. These disorders are more common in older dogs, usually six years of age or older. Hypothyroidism is the most common hormonal disorder leading to skin problems so it made sense to check for that first. The next most common problem is hyperadrenocorticism(Cushing's disease, HAC). This is a disorder in which high natural cortisol levels are causing hair loss and skin irritation. If your vet is unable to resolve the problem after several visits, it might be a good idea to ask for referral to a veterinary dermatologist. Most of the time, if you work with your vet and you both are patient, skin problems can be resolved. Hair loss - Cushing's disease. This condition is not very common. It is possible to diagnose hypothyroidism more accurately at this time than it was possible in the past few years. The free T4 level measured by equilibrium dialysis, especially when combined with a TSH level test, is pretty accurate at determining if hypothyroidism is present. It is possible that your dog does have this problem. Cushing's disease can occur without many of the normal symptoms. Testing for Cushing's disease(hyperadrenocorticism) is usually done by low dose dexamethasone response testing, in which a blood test for cortisol is drawn around 8 AM and then an injection of dexamethasone is given. Cortisol samples are taken again at 6 hrs and 8 hrs after the injection. If a dog has Cushing's disease the cortisol levels are not suppressed by the injection. There are other tests for this condition. It is possible that allergies or an infectious agent such as ringworm could cause hairloss in a small spot, but I would expect it to spread from that point -- especially with allergies. A contact allergy might result in a spot similar to the one you describe. Some dogs develop areas of hairloss over vaccination sites. I have seen this problem and the skin appeared irritated and thickened at the site in addition to the hairloss. I think that a skin biopsy could be very informative if the problem persists. You might want to discuss this option with your vet. Almost all other causes of hair loss in dogs should be considered, so it is important to eliminate mites, anal sac irritation, flea allergy, flea infestation, etc. I'm sure your vet has probably been eliminating those problems as in examining her. If you wish to have a second opinion from a specialist, there are veterinary dermatologists and your vet can probably arrange to refer you to one. Bilaterally symetric hairloss : Bilaterally symmetric hairloss without itching is indicative of hormonal disease, such as hypothyroidism or Cushing's disease. When itching is present it is necessary to consider the hormonal diseases and other conditions that can cause hairloss such as allergies and flea infestation. The ITCHY SKIN DISEASES are characterized by constant scratching, biting at the skin and rubbing up against objects to relieve the itch. The next diseases are characterized by HORMONE-RELATED AND OTHER DISESES WITH HAIR LOSS with few if any other symptoms. Hair loss can mean impaired growth of new hair, in which case it usually involves specific areas or the entire coat. Or you may see patches of hair loss on various parts of the body. In general, hair loss caused by hormonal diseases is symmetric(the same on both sides of the body), while that caused by parasites and other causes is asymmetric. AUTOIMMUNE and IMMUNE-MEDIATED SKIN DISEASES, characterized by blebs. Blebs, also called vesicles, are blisters that contain clear fluid. Large ones are called bullae. All tend to progress through rubbing, biting and scratching, eventually producing skin erosions, ulcers and crusts. Look for these changes to appear first on the face, nose, muzzle and ears.During the course of grooming, playing with or handling your dog, you may discover a lump or bump on or beneath the skin. LUMPS AND BUMP OR BENEATH THE SKIN.NZYMES® powerful formulas have proven their helpfulness in Vet studies, with nutrition conscious veterinarians and pet owners who have used this powerful formula for years to help strengthen the immune system, reduce pain, restore mobility and increase vitality in animals of all ages. Allergic contact dermatitis: Same as contact dermatitis, but rash may spread beyond area of contact. Requires repeated or continuous exposure to allergen(such as wearing a flea collar). Canine atopy: Severe itching that occurs in young dogs and begins in late summer and fall. Caused by seasonal pollens. Occurs in mixed breeds as well as purebreds.Common. Chiggers: Itching and severe skin irritation between toes, and around the ears and mouth. Look for barely visible red, yellow or orange chiggers. Contact dermatitis: Red, itchy bumps and inflamed skin at the site of contact with chemical, detergent, paint or other irritant. Affects feet and hairless parts of the body. Damp hay itch(Pelodera): Red pimplelike bumps on skin. Severe itching. Occurs in dogs bedded on damp hay and similar grass. Flea allergy dermatitis: Red, itchy pimplelike bumps over the base of the tail, back of rear legs and inner thighs. Scratching continues after fleas have been killed. Fleas: Itching and scratching along the back, around the tail and hindquarters. Look for fleas, or black and white gritty specks in hair(flea feces and eggs). Fly-bite dermatitis: Painful bites at tips of erect ears and bent surfaces of floppy ears. Bites become scabbed, crusty-black and bleed easily. Grubs: Inch-long fly larvae that form cystlike lumps beneath the skin with a hole in the center for the insect to breathe. Often found beneath chin or along abdomen. Lice: Two-millimeter-long insects, or white grains of "sand"(nits) attached to hair. Not common. Found in dogs with matted coats. May have bare spots where hair has been rubbed off. Lick granuloma(acral pruritic dermatitis): Red, shiny skin ulcer caused by continuous licking at wrist or ankle. Usually seen occuring in large, short-coated breeds.(See Intructions for Yeast Problems)  

HORMONE RELATED DISEASES WITH HAIR LOSS Cortisone excess: Symmetric hair loss over trunk and body. Abdomen is pot-bellied and pendulous. Seen with Cushing's syndrome. In some cases the dog is taking steroids. Hypothyroidism: Most common cause of bilaterally symmetric hair loss without itching. Coat is thin, scanty and falls out easily. Involves the neck beneath the chin to the brisket, sides of body, backs of thighs and top of tail. OTHER DISEASES WITH HAIR LOSS - Nasal solar dermatitis(Collie nose): Loss of hair at junction of nose and muzzle. Ringworm: A fungal infection. Scaly, crusty circular patches 1/2 to 2 inches across. Patches show central hair loss with a red ring at the periphery. Some cases show widespread involvement. RINGWORM IN DOGS Ringworm is a skin disease caused by a fungus(plural: fungi). Because the lesions are often circular, it was once thought to be caused by a worm curling up in the tissue. However, there is no truth to that; it has nothing to do with a worm. There are four fungal species affecting dogs which can cause the disease that we call ringworm. These may also affect humans. The fungi live in hair follicles and cause the hair shafts to break off at the skin line. This usually results in round patches of hair loss. As the fungus multiplies, the lesions may become irregularly shaped and spread over the dog's body. The incubation period is 10-12 days. This means that following exposure to the fungus, about 10-12 days will pass before any lesions occur. A. Diagnosis is made in one of three ways: B. Identification of the typical "ringworm" lesions on the skin C. Fluorescence of infected hairs under a special light(however, only two or the four species of fungi fluoresce) D. Culture of the hair for the fungus. The last method is the most accurate, but it may take up to 2-3 weeks for the culture to become positive. Transmission occurs by direct contact between infected and non-infected individuals. It may be passed from dogs to cats and visa versa. It may also be passed from dogs or cats to people and visa versa. If your child has ringworm, he or she may have acquired it from your pet or from another child at school. Adult humans usually are resistant to infection unless there is a break in the skin(a scratch, etc.), but children are quite susceptible. If you or your family members have suspicious skin lesions, check with your family physician. Transmission may also occur from the infected environment. The fungal spores may live in bedding or carpet for several months. They may be killed with a dilution of chlorine bleach and water(1 pint of chlorine bleach in a gallon of water)(500 ml in 4 liters) where it is feasible to use it. There are several means of treatment. The specific method(s) chosen for your dog will depend on the severity of the infection, how many pets are involved, if there are children in the household, and how difficult it will be to disinfect your pets' environment. The one's that are appropriate for your situation are marked. ___1. Griseofulvin. This is a tablet that is concentrated deep in the hair follicles where it can reach the site of active fungal growth. Griseofulvin should be given daily. Dogs with active lesions should receive the tablets for a minimum of 30 days. At that time, your dog should be rechecked to be sure the infection is adequately treated. These tablets are not absorbed from the stomach unless there is fat in the stomach at the time they are given.This can be accomplished by feeding a high fat diet, such as a rich canned dog food or a small amount of fat trimmings from meats(often available at the meat departments of local grocery stores upon request of the butcher) or by allowing the dog to drink some rich cream. This is the most important part of the treatment. If you are not successful in giving the tablets, please call us for help. If you are aware of fat consumption having caused a problem for your dog in the past or if your dog has had an episode of pancreatitis, bring this to our attention immediately. ___2. Topical antifungal medication. Apply one of these products to the affected areas once daily for 10 days. Do not risk getting it in your dog's eyes by treating lesions very near the eye. ___3. Baths using an antifungal shampoo. A bath should be given 3 times on an every other day schedule. Bathe exposed but unaffected pets once. These baths are important in getting the spores off the hairs so they do not drop into the environment and result in re-exposure. A lather should be formed and left on for five minutes before rinsing. ___4. Lime Sulfur Dip. This should be done twice weekly for the first two weeks then once weekly for 4-6 weeks. Lime sulfur dip should also be applied to other pets(dogs or cats) in the household to prevent them from being affected. If they develop ringworm lesions, they should begin on griseofulvin. You should gloves when applying the dip. This is an effective form of treatment, but the dip has an objectionable odor and can tarnish jewelry. ___5. Shaving of the dog's hair. This will remove the infected hair. We recommend this only when the infection is extensive. Treatment will not produce immediate results. The areas of hair loss will get larger before they begin to get smaller. Within 1-2 weeks, the hair loss should stop, there should be no new areas of hair loss, and the crusty appearance of the skin should subside and the skin look more normal. If any of these do not occur within two weeks, your dog should be checked again. Infected pets remain contagious for about three weeks if aggressive treatment is used. Contagion will last longer if only minimal measures are taken of if you are not faithful with the prescribed approach. Minimizing exposure to other dogs or cats and to your family members is recommended during this period. When treatment is completed, ringworm should be cured. Although a carrier state can exist, this usually occurs because treatment is not long enough or aggressive enough or because there is some underlying disease compromising the immune system. I have given you a comprehensive list of skin ailements with causes and some treatments for your "canine library!" Some of the information can be applied to your dog's current symptoms and some you may need to refer to in the future. My best suggestion is to work with your vet, as hair loss in several places can indicate a more serious problem. The first thing I would do is check for thyroid disease and food allergies. You vet will hopefully have some idea about what is causing the problem and if he doesn't then he should refer you to a specilist. Treatment of Hot Spots:

-Trim the hair around the sore to prevent further spread of the infection and expose the edges of the lesion; -Wash the area in a mild water-based astringent or antiseptic; -Be prepared to use antibiotics if the washing does not give results. Some vets recommend against the use of ointments or creams because they can seal in the infection and hinder recovery. In severe cases, a veterinarian may suggest the use of an Elizabethan collar to prevent mutilation and give the spot a chance to heal.

Rejuva Spray Azmira's Rejuva Spray is an excellent topical spray for skin eruptions, hot spots, prickly heat, pimples, scrapes, and burns. Reduces inflammation, promotes healing and has anti-bacterial properties to help prevent the spread of infection. Rejuva Spray contains Fresh, Organic Extracts of Witch Hazel, Calendula, Yucca, Golden Seal Root and Grapefruit.

You can also try applying yogurt to sooth the skin.

If the underlying cause is matted hair or trapped dead hair, put your dog on a regular grooming schedule either at home or at a grooming salon.  Clip mats if you cannot easily comb them out, and make an appointment for professional grooming every four-to-six weeks if you cannot keep your dog mat-free on your own.

If the underlying cause is allergies, begin an aggressive campaign to rid your home and yard of fleas and work with your veterinarian on a plan to reduce allergy triggers for your pet. Household dust, plant pollen, lawn chemicals, and diet can all cause allergies or can build to a crescendo of allergies if the dog's sensitivities cross a threshhold. Frequent vacuuming, supplements to keep the skin and coat healthy, air purifiers, and baths in skin-soothing herbal or medicated shampoos with aloe, oatmeal, jojoba, or eucalyptus can help. Next step is over-the-counter antihistamines such as Benadryl or Atarax — with a veterinarian's approval. I am not aware of what you've been feeding him but my recommendation in general would be to move to a human grade food that is as pure as possible.

Cook up a bit of boiled egg, chicken fish, turkey(although your dog may have an allergy to chicken/turkey so lean toward the egg and fish for awhile).  You might also consider venison, rabbit,canned salmon, macarel,

sardines etc.  You would have to find these at a speciality shop or on line.  Add in some yogurt(live culture), canned plain pumpkin or cook up some squash or sweet potato(not white). Move to this new diet slowly.  You can also buy prepared foods such as Solid Gold Fish & Potato, Spot's Stew, Avoderm, etc.

Nutrients to add to the mix:  Missing Link and Prozyme(J&B Wholesale Pet Supplies), Probiotics(B-Naturals), Flax oil, Green Stuff, Vit C powder, a fish oil/avocado/olive oil rotation and mix well.  You can add lightly steamed veggies such as carrots, zuccini, broccoli etc(make a mash out of them) and some apple(no grapes or raisins).

I would stay away from commercial medicated(and toxic) shampoos.  Stick to more natural oatmeal baths and products that contain tea tree oil but be sure to rinse thoroughly as tea tree should not be ingested by a dog.

Have a complete thyroid panel done and don't accept a high or low normal reading, as normal.  If it is not right in the middle, then ask for medication to bring it there.

You might want to do some detective work around your house and grounds. Dogs, especially small ones who are low to the ground, are especially sensitive to cleaning agents and outgassing from carpets and lawn care

products.  I prefer cleaining with vinegar and Dr. Bronner's.  It's natural and works really well.  It's better for you and your family too!

Vaccinations may cause skin problems:

Dr. Jean Dodds protocol is now being adopted by ALL 27 North American  veterinary schools. I highly recommend that you read this.  Copy and save it to your files. Print it and pass it out at dog fairs, cat shows, kennel club meetings, dog parks, give a copy to your veterinarian and groomer, etc., etc. Get the word out. ~~~~           Vaccination NEWSFLASH           I would like to make you aware that all 27 veterinary schools in North America are in the process of changing their protocols for vaccinating dogs and cats. Some of this information will present an ethical & economic challenge to vets, and there will be skeptics.           Some organizations have come up with a political compromise suggesting vaccinations every 3 years to appease those who fear loss of income vs. those concerned about potential side effects.Politics, traditions, or the doctor's economic well being should not be a factor in medical decision.           NEW PRINCIPLES OF IMMUNOLOGY           "Dogs and cats immune systems mature fully at 6 months. If a modified live virus vaccine is given after 6 months of age, it produces an immunity which is good for the life of the pet(ie: canine distemper, parvo, feline distemper). If another MLV vaccine is given a year later, the antibodies from the first vaccine neutralize the antigens of the second vaccine and there is little or no effect. The titer is not "boosted" nor are more memory cells induced." Not only are annual boosters for parvo and distemper unnecessary, they subject the pet to potential risks of allergic reactions and immune-mediated hemolytic anemia. "There is no scientific documentation to back up label claims for annual

administration of MLV vaccines." Puppies receive antibodies through their mothers milk. This natural protection can last 8-14 weeks.           Puppies & kittens should NOT be vaccinated at LESS than 8 weeks. Maternal immunity will neutralize the vaccine and little protection(0-38%) will be produced. Vaccination at 6 weeks will, however, delay the timing of the first highly effective vaccine. Vaccinations given 2 weeks apart suppress rather than stimulate the immune  system. A series of vaccinations is given starting at 8 weeks and given 3-4 weeks apart up to 16 weeks of age. Another vaccination given sometime after 6 months of age(usually at 1 year 4 mo) will provide lifetime immunity.           CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DOGS           

Distemper & Parvo

"According to Dr. Schultz, AVMA, 8-15-95, when a vaccinations series given at 2, 3 & 4 months and again at 1 year with a MLV, puppies and kitten program memory cells that survive for life, providing lifelong immunity."  Dr. Carmichael at Cornell and Dr. Schultz have studies showing immunity against challenge at 2-10 years for canine distemper & 4 years for parvovirus. Studies for longer duration are  pending. "There are no new strains of parvovirus as one mfg. would like to suggest. Parvovirus vaccination provides cross immunity for all types." Hepatitis(Adenovirus) is one of the agents known to be a cause of kennel cough. Only vaccines with CAV-2 should be used as CAV-1 vaccines carry the risk of "hepatitis blue-eye" reactions & kidney damage.

Bordetella Parainfluenza: Commonly called "Kennel cough"

Recommended only for those dogs boarded, groomed, taken to dog shows, or for any reason housed where exposed to a lot of dogs. The intranasal vaccine provides more complete and more rapid onset of immunity with less chance of reaction. Immunity requires 72 hours  and does not protect from every cause of kennel cough. Immunity is of short duration(4 to 6 months).


There have been no reported cases of rabid dogs or cats in Harris, Montogomery or Ft. Bend Counties [Texas], there have been rabid  skunks and bats so the potential exists. It is a killed vaccine and must be given every year.

Lyme disease is a tick born disease which can cause lameness, kidney failure and heart disease in dogs. Ticks can also transmit the disease to humans. The original Ft. Dodge killed bacteria has proven to be the most effective vaccine. Lyme disease prevention should emphasize early removal of ticks. Amitraz collars are more effective than Top Spot, as amitraz paralyzes the tick's mouth parts preventing transmission of disease .           VACCINATIONS NOT RECOMMENDED           Multiple components in vaccines compete with each other for the immune system and result in lesser immunity for each individual disease as well as increasing the risk of a reaction.Canine Corona Virus is only a disease of puppies. It is rare, self limiting(dogs get well in 3 days without treatment). Cornell &Texas A&M have only diagnosed one case each in the last 7 years. Corona virus does not cause disease in adult dogs. Leptospirosis vaccine is a common cause of adverse reactions in dogs . Most of the clinical cases of lepto reported in dogs in the US are caused by serovaars(or types) grippotyphosa and bratsilvia.           The vaccines contain different serovaars eanicola and ictohemorrhagica. Cross protection is not provided and protection is short lived. Lepto vaccine is immuno-supressive to puppies less than 16 weeks.           THE VIEW FROM THE TRENCHES; BUSINESS ASPECTS

Most vets recommend annual boosters and most kennel operators require them. For years the pricing structure of vets has misled clients into thinking that the inherent value of an annual office visit was in the "shots" they failed to emphasize the importance of a physical exam for early detection of treatable diseases. It is my hope that you will continue to require rabies & Kennel cough and emphasize the importance of a recent vet exam. I also hope you will  accept the new protocols and honor these pets as currently vaccinated. Those in the boarding business who will honor the newvaccine protocols can gain new customers who were turned away from  vet owned boarding facilities reluctant to change.           CONCLUSION

Dogs & cats no longer need to be vaccinated against distemper, parvo, & feline leukemia every year . Once the initial series of puppy or kitten vaccinations and first annual vaccinations are  

completed, immunity from MLV vaccines persists for life. It has been shown that cats over 1 year of age are immune to Feline Leukemia whether they have been vaccinated or not. Imagine the money you will save, not to mention fewer risks from side effects. PCR rabies vaccine, because it is not adjuvanted, will mean less risk of mediated hemolytic anemia and allergic reactions are reduced by less frequent use of vaccines as well as by avoiding unnecessary vaccines such as K-9 Corona virus and chlamydia for cats, as well as ineffective vaccines such as Leptospirosis and FIP. Intranasal vaccine for Rhiotracheitis and Calici virus, two upper respiratory viruses of cats provide more complete protection than injectable vaccines with less risk of serious reactions.

The AAHA and all 27 veterinary schools of North America are our biggest endorsement for these new protocols.           Please consider as current on all vaccinations for boarding purposes .           DOGS Initial series of puppy vaccines           1. distemper, hepatitis, parvo, parinfluenze - 3 sets one month apart concluding at 16 weeks of age.           2. Rabies at 16 weeks of age(later is better)           3. Bordetella within last 4-6 months           First annual(usually at 1 year and 4 months of age)           1. DHP, Parvo, Rabies           2. Bordetella within last 4-6 months           2 years or older           1. Rabies with in last year           2. Bordetella within last 4-6 months           3. DHP & Parvo given anytime over 6 months of age , but not necessarily within the last year.           Recommended: Physical exam for transmissible diseases and health risks.           Finally, you might consider having a consultation with Dr. Kruesi(do a search on google for his website).  He is located in Vermont but does phone consultations.  He may ask for additional tests in order to evaluate the reason for your dog's condition.

Please keep me updated as to your dog's progress.  He is in terrible distress so the sooner you can clear up his condition the better.  

My wishes for a speedy recovery.

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