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#1 lillian

 

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        Posted 23 October 2007 - 06:29 PM

My black lab has a skin problem. He has a lot of hair loss on his belly and chews himself on his underside incesently. He has cronic ear problems and runny eyes. It seems to me that it could be allergy related. In doing research on the internet, I found that there is something called "black skin disease" that seems to be similar to what Chester has. His skin is very black where the hair has fallen out and it has a "metallic" smell to it. Somewhere I read that it could be a thyroid problem...? Does anyone have any insight into this? Apparently there is some talk that it is genetic, and so my breeder doesn't want to return my phone calls (maybe she's out of town...).

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        Posted 23 October 2007 - 11:29 PM

I would take him to a vet to see what they say. What kind of food are you feeding him? Diet has a lot to do with skin, ear and eye problems. But I would definitely take him to see a vet.
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        Posted 24 October 2007 - 11:36 AM

Thyroid problems are easily solved with medication. Same as diabetes.. it's usually some meds once a month. It's not that expensive.. pretty much anything that affects us humans can be helped in dogs also.
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        Posted 03 February 2008 - 09:49 AM

QUOTE (lillian @ Oct 23 2007, 07:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My black lab has a skin problem. He has a lot of hair loss on his belly and chews himself on his underside incesently. He has cronic ear problems and runny eyes. It seems to me that it could be allergy related. In doing research on the internet, I found that there is something called "black skin disease" that seems to be similar to what Chester has. His skin is very black where the hair has fallen out and it has a "metallic" smell to it. Somewhere I read that it could be a thyroid problem...? Does anyone have any insight into this? Apparently there is some talk that it is genetic, and so my breeder doesn't want to return my phone calls (maybe she's out of town...).





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        Posted 03 February 2008 - 09:52 AM

The solution we cam up with for our black lab, was changing his food to Natural Balance. We determined that he was allergic to what was in most commercial dog foods. He now eats nothing but Natural Balance. No more itiching, no more drugs.




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