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Date:   18 February, 2013  
Focus: Small animals - dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs & rabbits
The dog has itchy joints and genital areas 
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
Date:   18 February, 2013 
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On Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 7:11 PM,> wrote:

Hi Toa Payoh Vets,

I am L.., the owner of my White Maltese Dog named P... I brought P...
to your clinic about 2 months ago, when he had skin irritation/rashes.
After shaving him bald and removing all carpets/clothes at home, I am glad
that his skin rashes are now gone.

However, he is suffering from some kind of "dry skin". I have attached
some pictures. This redness/dry skin came back a month ago.
The affected areas are mostly on his feet, joint of his forearms & genital
area. I am not sure whether this is caused by him licking himself, causing such
redness/dry skin or he licks himself because of the dry skin.

I actually used the Elizabeth collar on him already, but he still manages to lick
himself. In addition, I am currently only feeding him the Z/d prescription
diet that you introduced. Hence, it should not be caused by food
allergies. Also, I don't think it might be caused by external
surroundings, as I only walk him out once a week (cause he is still
suffering from the irritation).

Please advise me further. Thanks!

PS: Thanks for solving the skin rashes problem. My family greatly
appreciate your help!

Best Regards,
Name & Handphone given


Thank you for your email and clear images of paw, joint and inguinal area showing inflammation of the skin.

I am Dr Sing Kong Yuen. From your images, your dog has inflamed joints and genital area. It is possible that he is suffering from allergy to some substances in the environment e.g. contact with grass, dust mites, shampoos, floor cleaning chemicals, dog treats, food given by family members, dog perfumes and many other allergens.

1. There is a blood test for many allergens available for the dog. Pl let me know if you are interested.

2. Pl bring the dog for review of skin, blood test and an anti-allergic injection.

3. Pl contact me at 6253 3326 to discuss further as it is not possible to diagnose skin problems via email images in many skin disease cases.

4. Not all skin diseases can be cured with Z/D or equivalent prescription diet if there are more than one causes other than food. The cure depends on the cause or causes which are varied and sometimes hard to define.

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