Inflamed and scabby recurring sores on dog
I have a 3 year old husky / border collie mix who has been suffering with a skin condition for several months now. At first I noticed the sores on his lower stomach - they were inflamed and scabby and very sore to touch.
I took him to a local vet and they put him on a course of antibiotics as well as some prednisolone tablets to stop the itching (he's been on these ever since I first noticed the sores, which was in February this year. Since then he has been drinking and eating an awful lot more then normal.)
His sores cleared up whilst he was on the antibiotics, but as soon as he finished them, they came back, only this time they were on his back, near the base of his tail and on the right side. His hair has started to thin out on his back where the sores are. Again they were very inflamed and scabby, and sore to touch.
Another trip to the vets and another course of antibiotics cleared them up again. I cut him off from all commercial dog food thinking it may be a food allergy. He is getting chicken and potato with some rice, and that's it.
As soon as the antibiotics were finished though, they came back again. He is de-fleaed and wormed monthly and I wash him in a hypo allergenic shampoo.
I'm at my wits end trying to figure out what else I can do. I don't want to keep him on these Prednisolone tablets for the rest of his life, they are having a negative effect on him I fear.
I don't have enough money to have him on hypo allergenic dog food as he is such a big dog, and these constant trips to the vets are proving extremely costly. I love my dog, and would do anything for him, but I feel like we're going around in circles!
I should also add, he has been tested for mites, and that came back negative.
Do you have any ideas on what it might be, and what I can do to help him?
Cheers, any information will be greatly appreciated :D
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