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Pet Peeves: Boerboel Going Bald!

Jan 25 2011 - 7:04am

Readers, workerbee1000 [1] needs your help! Her pup is losing hair [2], and she doesn't know why:

I've got a 7-year-old brown female Boerboel which has been a well groomed beautiful dog for most of her life. Recently she's developed some sort of skin issue where she scratches constantly (to the point where she starts bleeding). She's losing a lot of hair as well. I've had her at the vet numerous times where antibiotics and antihistamine tablets as well as a course of cortizone tablets have been prescribed, but nothing helps.

After the 3rd visit to the vet, I figured that these guys actually have as much of a clue as what I do as to what's going on with my poor dog (which is NOTHING). Throughout all these treatments that the vets have prescribed, she continues losing hair and scratches all day. She gets bathed once a week and nothing seems to help. The twist in the story is that I've got another cream-coloured female Boerboel who is 2 years younger, and she doesn't show any signs of the symptoms that the other one's showing.

I booked them in at the doggy parlour the other day and the lady who owns the parlour advised me that the better option is going to be to shave my dog completely and then dip her. This was all done the same day and yet my poor dog keeps scratching.  This made me realise that whatever's making her itch so much is under her skin and not in the hair or on the skin. The lady at the parlour suggested that I try an oil-based substance called "Efizol." Apparently this product has been designed to cure skin problems in dogs and cats. I went to the vet on Friday afternoon and asked them about this product. The ladies at the reception counter assured me that if nothing else has worked, then Efizol definitely will do the trick. (Why didn't they tell me this the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd time I had the dog there???)


Keep reading for the rest of this reader's dilemma, and to offer your suggestions!

Today marks the 3rd day that I've been pouring 15ml of Efizol onto her food and I haven't noticed any changes yet. I have no idea how long I have to wait before this stuff takes an effect, but I'm certainly  not going to pay my vet another R400.00 for a consultation when he clearly doesn't know what's going on with my dog.

I originally thought that this might be an allergic reaction to something, but if that was the case, the antihistamines should've made some sort of an improvement. I've changed dog food brands numerous times and all it seems to be doing is making an even bigger hole in my pocket. If there was an improvement, I wouldn't mind paying the extra money. I have a suspicion that she may be allergic to the grass in the garden, but to be quite honest, I just don't know what to think anymore.

Any help or advice would be much appreciated!

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