Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
Hello - I wonder how many times you have been to each vet and what your expectations of them have been? The thing with skin disease, is that even if you tried 100 vets, each one is very unlikely to diagnose and cure such a skin disease as you describe in a single consultation. Furthermore, they are unlikely to provide a long-lasting cure at all, because most skin diseases are chronic - that is, life-long, low-level diseases that need to be managed / kept on top of, rather than cured. Think along the lines of severe allergy in humans. Most vets who havent met you before will try the easy treatments, that are commonly successful, first - and if you don't return, are likely to get the impression that the dog improved and needed no further help, or conclude that you went elsewhere. Some dogs however have interesting or complicated skin diseases that need to be 'worked up' - ie tests need to be done, or at least treatments given and the results evaluated so that the treatments can maybe be tailored and changed. To treat a long-term skin condition succesfully, it is necessary to build up a relationship with your vet and work together - and I wonder whether that might not have been happening. It sounds. however, as though this case is potentially complicated and putting your dogs' wealfare at risk, so it may be a good idea to go back to the vet who you felt was the best communicator, and ask the following questions: 1) what might have caused this problem - and how to get to the bottom of it and 2) what treatments to start with and 3) what to do if no improvement is seen. In fact, always go away from a vets consultation understanding a) why theyre doing what they're doing b) what they're expecting to happen and c) when they need to see you if this does, and does not, happen. Skin disease is indeed superficial, but unfortunately easy fixes are rare.