What is wrong with my Golden Retriever? Any ideas of what his medical issue could be?

October 1st, 2012 by Emily

Question: What is wrong with my Golden Retriever? Any ideas of what his medical issue could be?
I need some serious help with the health of my dog. He is a two year old Golden with seriously dry skin, hot spots, consist yeast infections in his years, and not a mouth infection. We got our golden retriever from a family in Germany when he was 10 weeks old. Since we brought him home he has suffered from server dry skin which we thought was due to the cold weather and or diet. We changed his diet to Royal Canine and place him on Omega supplements from the vet. At least apiece other month he had ear infections which the German vet treated with steroid shots and antibiotics. As he got older his ears never fully improved nor did his skin. We have also tried many soaps that the vet has prescribed with no luck. Now he is nearing two years old and we have relocated to the states. His skin continues to get worse even with many diet changes to include gluten and grain free. He is now on Blue Buffalo without any grains and tiny to no improvement. His hair is now beging to drop out and he now has a mouth infection. We have set up a vet appointment in two day and I really hope they will find out why he is in such bad shape. I am exhausted of temporally treating him with antibiotics and steroids. We do not over feed him, we achievement him regularly and he is 105lbs. He is 5 inches taller than a American Golden and is not fat at all. Both our vets have told us he is just a huge dog muscular wise. I know this might not have anything to do with a medical condition I just wanted to wage all the facts. All of the veterinarians we saw overseas stated he was way to young to have a medical problem but I think there has to be something wrong. It seems that he has lost all intreats in activities or playing with our other dog. Any information or ideas I can bring up to the vet will be helpful. I plan to have them do extensive blood work and hopefully find out why he is going down hill.

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Answer by Sara
It certainly does sound like allergies, but the question is to what? Food allergies won’t improve or get worse unless the dog is on the food for at least six weeks and does not consume anything else. No treats, no snacks, just his food.
I concur with you that treating apiece issue with steroids is not a good plan in the long run. Steroids are great, but they do suppress the immune system and can cause long term problems if they’re on them for long periods.
Talk to your vet about allergy testing. The last vet I teched for did allergy testing on a regular basis and was ready to help so many dogs. We were ready to find out exactly what they were allergic to and give the owners allergy shots for their dogs to be given at home. The injections are given with small needles and most dogs don’t mind them at all. We had a client that had a Golden that had very similar problems. She was referred to us because her vet didn’t do allergy testing. This poor dog had been on so many different diets and medications and nothing helped. We did the test and found out she was allergic to people. She was place on weekly allergy shots and she improved drastically. Her hair came back and her energy level improved. She was so much happier.
Dogs can be allergic to carpet, other animals, plants, detergents, just about anything people can be allergic to. I would discuss allergy testing with your vet. I think it could help your dog so much.
Hope this helps.

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One Comment on “What is wrong with my Golden Retriever? Any ideas of what his medical issue could be?”

  1. Thumper says:

    Every time that I hear about a dog being treated with steroids I shudder. Your dog’s skin problems are most likely caused or aggravated by the use of steroids.

    I guess many vets nowadays assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost and prescribe steroids knowing the risks, especially if they are not sure about what the problem is.

    Never, ever give steroids to your dog. If you do, you are setting yourself up for a long time of misery and huge health problems for your dog, including chronic skin issues.

    Steroids do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains.

    As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states – “Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin…” Please read the information below: ‘Steroids The Great Pretender – Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble’. http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

    For your dog’s skin issues I recommend a powder called ‘Flowers of Sulfur’ (also known as ‘brimstone’ or ’sublime sulfur’). This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Among many other uses, it has been effectively used as a remedy for bacterial and fungal infections. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

    Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

    Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet’s skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

    You can dust this powder on your dog’s skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

    The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

    Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

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