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Old 08-15-2008, 03:05 PM   #1
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Default 10 year old Golden Retriever With Possible Skin Infection

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I have two golden retrievers, and one of them keeps having reoccurring sores on his head, shoulders, and front legs. The poor guy scratches these areas until they bleed, then a scab will form and eventually the hair grows back. However this cycle is never-ending does anyone one knows of a possible cause? Has anyone ever heard of this happening before?

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Old 08-15-2008, 03:40 PM   #2
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There could be many reasons for recurring sores that may include allergies, bacterial infections, insect bites, changes in diet, fleas, parasitic infections, disease processes, etc. I would ask for your vet's input on this and possibly a blood test or skin biopsy. Poor thing, he has to be so uncomfortable, hope the vet can track this down and that he is feeling better soon.
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My staff mix Tay had this, it was a skin condition he developed from birth. He had them all on his front end like you have described. Tea tree oil helped him sometimes, other times you just had to splash some cold water on him to cool the itching.

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I would recommend that you take him to the vet. I agree he has to be really uncomfortable. Sometimes diet can cause skin problems, but really you need to see the skin, and take a complete history before you could even begin to make any diagnosis.

Have you had him to the vet? If not I'd recommend you do.

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im going to take him to the vet this weekend, and hopefully he will be cured up soon. thanks for the input guys, i really appreciate it.

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