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    Hi Guys,

    Meika has developed a little rashy thing on her leg the last few days and has been chewing it tonight. I don't think it's a food-related allergy and she's been on the same food for a while now (Nutro biscuits in the morning (which she usually never eats) and then home made dinner of chicken and kangaroo mince with brown rice, eggs and veges as well as chicken necks and meaty lamb bones a few times a week) I can't think of anything in the garden that has changed and might set it off.

    I will take her to the vet on Friday when I have some time off - I usually work 2:30am-11am and then 1pm-6pm 6 days a week so it makes vet visits (as well as anything else) quite hard and it doesn't really seem like an URGENT matter.

    Anyway, some suggestions on what it could be and what I could do to help her would be great! I put some papaw ointment on it last night but that didn't achieve anything other than death stares (haha!)

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    Thanks!!

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    Has she been anywhere unusual , ie gone elsewhere other than your usual walks etc ??
    It actualy sort of looks like a bite type thing from the photo. Is it just that one contained area that is inflamed? Is it one large angry welt/patch or lots of tiny bits joined together?

    Sorry for the 20 questions
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    It could be ringworm - that's a fungus a bit like jock itch or athlete's foot. The surrounding hair becomes brittle and breaks up and falls out leaving a pink bald patch in the centre that gradually gets bigger.

    It's very very infectious so be very careful about washing your hands and not touching your skin after you've touched hers, if that's what it turns out to be. Some ringworm glows under UV light, and some doesn't. Some responds to treatment with the same stuff used for athlete's foot. Some doesn't. Two ways to diagnose - do a skin scraping and send it off to the lab for analysis. Or treat it with ringworm fungicide and if it clears up - that's what it was.

    It could also be a scrape or scratch or healing cut where she's had an accident with something in the back yard (mine has large areas of jungle and things dogs can scrape themselves on).

    Do let us know what the vet says.

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    Yes I thought maybe ringworm too Hya but its become rather large and angry pretty quickly which gave me doubts....

    And yes please, as Hya said , let us know how it goes at the vets.
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    Thanks guys The vet is booked for tomorrow during my break so will let you know what he says Choppa: We haven't gone anywhere unusual at all, and it's just one big patch, it looks quite dry and flakey but isn't sore or anything

    I (stupidly) didn't even consider ring worm! I've seen it on plenly of horses before and it doesn't really look the same on Meika but I guess it could be that!

    She does have a terrible habbit of chewing her paws for attention, as when we first got her she had an allergy in her paw pads and then learnt that when she chewed it, we would try and stop her and she would get attention so I'm just hoping that the habbit hasn't progressed to chewing her leg, however she's NEVER chewed her paws to the point where she does any harm to herself so I doubt she would have done it to the leg.

    Thanks again for the suggestions guys! Will let you know what the vet says and hopefully she's all better in time for million paws walk on Sunday!!

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    Hi guys! We just got back from the vet, we tried a new vet this time as I've had lots of trouble finding a decent one (this was the 5th vet in 6 months) and I can now say WE'VE FINALLY FOUND A GREAT ONE!
    They were so friendly towards Meika, giving her lots of 'lollies' (liver) and all commenting on how much of a sweet little dog she was, the nurse even went into the back room to get all the other staff members to come out and look at the 'very different' colouring.
    When the vet came she was very gentle and informative, she thinks Meika has a contact allergy to something in the garden/at the park so she gave us some cortisone tablets and antibiotics; and even some extra cortisone tablets in case she ever gets another allergy! Then when we were leaving she came running out to give us all this information on allergies so we could read up on them and pictures of plants to keep an eye out for. It's just the little things like that that count and she really seemed like she genuinely cared (a problem I've had with vets in this area). Plus for the consult, a skin scraping, the cortisone and the antibiotics the bill was only $120 which is much cheaper than any other vet too!

    So as you can tell I'm very very happy!

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    Wow kristie, Isnt it great when you feel you have found a vet that is good and really does care ..congradtlations

    How silly is this, all we ask is they care, take an interest in your dog and dont charge massive amounts of money for a consult...and we feel like we just won lotto when we find one that does that?.

    Anyway really glad meika only has an allergy and she will be fine, she really is beautiful dog and her coat colour is just so unusual and pretty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cavalierqld View Post
    Wow kristie, Isnt it great when you feel you have found a vet that is good and really does care ..congradtlations

    How silly is this, all we ask is they care, take an interest in your dog and dont charge massive amounts of money for a consult...and we feel like we just won lotto when we find one that does that?.
    Exactly Cav! I'm tempted to finish my uni degree and go back and do vet! At least then you know that your pets are getting the best care possible! haha

    I'm very glad we've found this vet! And they even have their own thing where you pay $400 a year and get unlimited free consults, free vaccinations, discounted parasite preventitives plus 2 free ear, eye, dental, skin, weight, blood, urine, fecal egg count and heaps of other checks a year so I'm thinking of doing that because then it's only an extra $360 for another dog!

    I see you're from the Sunshine Coast! I lived there my whole life up until 2009 when I moved for uni What vet do you use there if you don't mind me asking?

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    I am SOOOOO jealous!!! What a great vet! Is she young, is the practise new? $400 per annum???? Do they have all the usual machines that go ping?? It's breaking my heart that even if I turned upwith a truckload, the petrol would cancel out the savings!!!! DANG!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menageriemanor View Post
    I am SOOOOO jealous!!! What a great vet! Is she young, is the practise new? $400 per annum???? Do they have all the usual machines that go ping?? It's breaking my heart that even if I turned upwith a truckload, the petrol would cancel out the savings!!!! DANG!!!
    She was middle aged and they're not a new vet but they have recently had a name change, they're now part of the 'Greencross Vets' chain (Greencross Vets - Your Pets Health. Australia's Leading Veterinary Group) so I was a little worried about going because it was a chain but I'm so happy I did! Yes they had all the machines and they did a very thorough check of all her teeth, gums, eyes, heart, lungs, felt all her intestines and joints even though we were just there to check her skin, a lot of other vets I've been to wouldn't bother, just a quick check of the problem and see-you later!

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