"This is the reason you need a veterinary dermatologist. The general practice vets can't be experts in every specialty, and keep up with the current treatment protocols for every disease. Your primary care doctor would refer you to a…"
German Shepherds are the number one breed affected by Atopic Dermatitis. Your best bet is to find a veterinary dermatology specialist who can help you find the right treatment plan for Freedom. Here's a link to the ACVD website…"
"Buster has a very curly fleece coat, and I was told to get the green brush. I have the cheaper imitation brushes, too. I used it for the first time the other day, and it worked fine for me. I guess for me, I would have to try a Les…"
"I had Buster and his german shepard brother fixed at the same time. I was able to keep them calm for a couple days, but after that...they were playing like nothing ever happened. The vet tech gave me this tip. If he is licking at…"
"Try pupvana.com It is a weight estimator. I don't know how accurate it actually is, but a breeder told me about it. Put in all the info, and it gives you a prediction. I am keeping an eye on Busters weight to see…"
"Your stats sounds just like Busters! I have had to keep going up in crates sizes..he is now in the great dane size because of his height! lol. It seems that he grows in his environment...the bigger the crate I buy, the faster he grows!…"
"My Buster was 24 lbs at just over 3 months. He weighed in at 68.8 lbs almost 4 weeks ago. His parents were 50 and 60 lbs, and I was told he would not get any bigger than that. When I got him shaved for the summer, I finally got to see…"
Doodles come in so many colours and sizes. What a lot of people wonder is: what might my puppy look like as an adult? This is a group, mainly pictorial, to show and discuss how doodles progress from pup to adult.
"I started clipping Busters every week...just a tiny bit. I was told the shorter you get them, the quick will start to receed back further into the nail. I was doing good until one day I was finished. A few minutes later, I was…"
"Buster is just 9 months. A couple months ago he got into a stage to chew up shoes. I went thru 5 pairs of flip flops and a brand new pair of not cheap running shoes. Since then...all the soft plush squeaky toys are demolished and…"
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I have a black ( with phantom colorings coming out ) F1B doodle named Buster. He is 8 months old today, and weighs in at 65 lbs. He is a very laid back sweetie but loves to play, too. He has a bigger brother...2 weeks older. He is a German Shepard named Freedom.
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This is the reason you need a veterinary dermatologist. The general practice vets can't be experts in every specialty, and keep up with the current treatment protocols for every disease. Your primary care doctor would refer you to a dermatologist if you had a severe skin disease, and the GP vets should be doing that too. Atopy is a disease of the immune system which can be managed but not cured, and it needs a good treatment plan. The steroids can cause a lot of damage to the liver, GI, tract, etc., so it's important to find a treatment plan that can keep the allergies under control enough that steroids are not necessary more than once or twice a year at most. There are also topical steroids that can sometimes be used for Atopy, which have lower side effects.
The dermatology specialists never recommend Benadryl, which is a Class I antihistamine and has been shown to be ineffective in treating Atopy. The specialists recommend Class II antihistamines such as Zyrtec and Claritin, they are much more effective. Also, research has shown that combining antihistamines with certain Omega 3 &6 fatty acids enhance the effects of both and helps a lot with Atopy. The GP vets don't know that. Evening Primrose Oil is a form of Omega 6 fatty acid, gammalinoleic acid, which has been shown in double-blind clinical research studies to help with Atopic Dermatitis, especially when used in conjunction with Class II antihistamines.
Jack takes loratidine (Claritin), three 10 mg tablets once a day; the dosages on the antihistamines are different for dogs than people. He gets one EPO capsule per day and two when he's flaring. He can have up to three a day but they tend to give him loose stools. You have to play with the dosage to find what works best for your dog.
I strongly urge you to consult with a specialist. I had a GSD foster with Atopy who ended up having to be put down nine months after he was adopted because his allergies got so bad, he was trying to tear off his own foot. There are newer treatment protocols that would have helped him now. Good luck and keep me posted.
German Shepherds are the number one breed affected by Atopic Dermatitis. Your best bet is to find a veterinary dermatology specialist who can help you find the right treatment plan for Freedom. Here's a link to the ACVD website specialist locator: https://www.acvd.org/locator/locator.asp
Welcome to DK! Buster is cute! I can't believe he's already 60lbs and he's only 8mos old! Wow...Bo is 18mos old and he's 65lbs lol! Bo is also a standard f1b goldendoodle but we don't think he'll be as large as Buster:-) I remember reading about another member's Goldendoodle that's 120lbs! Bo will only be about 70-80lbs since he's almost 2yrs old now.
Yes, I would say Buster is a standard. It is my understanding anything over 45 lbs is considered a standard. Buster is going to be a big handsome doodle. I think they say they are not full grown until at least 1 1/2 yrs. I will be watching him through Doodle Kisses, to see how he is progressing. Charlie weighs 39, but with his coat he looks like a chunky monkey! LOL.
Your Buster is very cute. Charlie is 1 yr 8 mos, and is a medium size ALD. He weighs 39 lbs. Before Charlie, we had a wonderful black standard poodle and he was huge. Now that we are retired, we decided to get something smaller. Easier to travel with. We go to Cave Creek AZ every Jan and Feb. Looking forward to seeing you on Doodle Kisses.