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Barked: Wed Jan 30, '13 3:50pm PST 
So I was just reading on Vidt's website about the Triad disease, and that its a mix between bacterial and yeast infections AND allergies. It seems as though he was saying that if all three arent treated at the same time they will basically just perpetuate. I wonder if that is what could cause all the allergy meds to not work? since even if hes been on antibiotics, hes never been treated for yeast (other than me, at home, feeding raw apple cider vinegar. He gets it daily in his water). Essentially he's never been treated for all three of those things only two at a time. Which I would think would have caused the elimination diet to fail because he had the other issues, and if you look at the images of the dogs from his page that is exactly what my dogs skin looks like, at his worse it was even more so, its gotten better since the vinegar but still got the other issues. also read they could be allergic to himself. I am most definietly going to ask for the allergy and yeast scraping, I wonder though how they would determine if he is allergic to himself? Then it would be getting his swollen hock issue diagnosed and treated. The atopica was much too expensive for us to sustain on a regular basis but I wonder if it would be cheaper if he were to show improvement on a not so strong drug if all three issues were being addressed?

Sorry I am thinking out loud and just need to write this all out to work it out completely. And my husband is SO not okay with hearing about it all. Its kind of a good thing he'll be gone for a good bit and I can get this all sorted, hopefully. As far as Tintle's drug, does that help the Hock syndrome? I thought the OMega threes were suppose to help that?
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Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M

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Barked: Wed Jan 30, '13 4:09pm PST 
There's a lot of good feedback for hock syndrome, allergies and mucinosis all. I'd really get on that if I were you. Obviously it's Tintle, so this isn't snake oil, and the feedback from Shar Pei people is strong. HERE is something to read when you have the time. You also....if you haven't....might want to post on sharpeiforums.com. I am an all breed educator, but Shar Peis are a little out of zone wink But this dog you have (have you said his name?) is just textbook Shar Pei issues. You may find a lot of insight there.

I'd frankly get the HyVitality (pricey, but worth it), see if you can get some examples from the Shar Pei forum. Have his kidneys been checked? That's the only thing I'd list as imperative at the moment if it hasn't been done. You can't really use it if there is renal insufficiency, which would be my main concern from him if this hasn't been tracked by your vets to this point.

Stress can be a big trigger, too. Wag Tail Farms offers something called "neck hugs" which can be better tolerated and some say they emotionally soothing.

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Barked: Wed Jan 30, '13 4:21pm PST 
Yes im on the shar pei forums, havent been intensely on there since September posted just the other.ay but it was brief and I have not gone back to read replies, they are who directed me to dr. tintle. I do not believe his kidneys have ever been specifically looked at. My appt is th 15th for him. Im going to look at the hyvitality and see what I can rearrange in our finances to afford it monthly. I will look into the link you gav me when I get home.

....really starting to regret my grand idea to wait til my kids were older for vet school. My current.degre.is not helpful at all. goodness!
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Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M

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Barked: Wed Jan 30, '13 5:08pm PST 
Best laid plans go awry! Life is an irony laugh out loud

Please let us all know. I love rescue but also love helping people stick with their dogs. Just keep us posted and we'll make it work somehow hug
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Harley (past- foster dog)

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Barked: Thu Jan 31, '13 7:34am PST 
Have you looked into generic Atopica (cyclosporine)?
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Barked: Thu Jan 31, '13 1:47pm PST 
Our vet said the generic can be dangerous *dunno*...doesnt really matter though as he didnt respond to it, so we wouldnt put him on it again. Unless of course, its the triad disease and treating all three is what needed to happen and they went with Atopica.
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Barked: Fri Feb 1, '13 10:28am PST 
Thought Id post a picture of Jack, since I had a minute. Also noticed his hocks beginning to swell so I snapped a picture of them as well. I also have pictures of what he looked like BEFORE the raw apple cider vinegar and omega 3's.

Jack (We call him jacky, and jackaford also smile )


His hocks this morning, they can get to about double this when its bad, this is just the start of swelling. Doesnt usually last long.


and here is what he looked like sept/october, his hocks are not swollen in this picture. different angle but you can tell that they arent always as big as they are in that other picture.
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Barked: Fri Feb 1, '13 10:39am PST 
Are those pictures NOT showing up?
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Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M

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Barked: Fri Feb 1, '13 11:35am PST 
You need to link to a http thingie. Or, pmail me for my email. I can put them up for you smile

What's going on with Jack's mucinosis right now, and does he have fever?
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Barked: Fri Feb 1, '13 11:59am PST 
Oh darn, they shouwed up in the preview but then not when I posted! here are direct links, hopefully they work

jack
http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/pp198/jbdclmom/2013 -02-01094807-1_zps13142d76.jpg

hocks
http://i411.photobucket.com /albums/pp198/jbdclmom/2013-02-01094742-1_zps43fcd432.jpg

from sept/oct
http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/pp198/jbdclmom/jack.jpg

as far as the mucinosis, I have not noticed an issue. He hasnt had any tearing in quite a while and has never really had the traditional blisters that pop. Just fragile like skin that tore and thats where it would ooze, or when he chews mucin oozes out.

The fever, I cannot rightly tell the exact temp. feeling his ears and underbelly he does not FEEL abnormally hot. I have not been able to get his temperature done today (will be doing it, as soon as I get my baby to sleep) I've coincidentally got three kiddos home today with fevers, so i've been taking care of them all day.
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