Maisy was brought to Ark Vetcare Kilmacud for two main reasons;
1) She was very itchy all over and couldn’t stop biting at her skin and paws.
2) She appeared to have lost all of her energy and didn’t want to go for walks. She seemed very down in herself.
Our vet Sarah Kelleher has recently returned from working in the U.K. to join our team here at Arkvet in Kilmacud, and has a special interest in skin cases. Maisy came in to see Sarah, who followed this case in a methodical way.
Firstly, we gathered a full clinical history, special note was taken of the number of urban foxes in the Kimacud, Stillorgan and Mount Merrion areas. These animals, while lovely to look at, can pass on diseases to pet dogs.We carefully noted where Maisy was taken on walks.
A full clinical examination indicated that Maisy was in good health. Further tests were carried out such as flea combing, sticky tape testing, hair plucking and skin scrapings.
The samples were all checked in our lab for any evidence of parasites or bacterial and yeast infection. Comprehensive blood tests were also carried out.
- The sticky tape tests showed bacterial infection and yeast infection of the skin.
- Blood tests indicated hypothyroidism (low thyroid levels).
- There was no evidence of any parasitic infection on Maisy’s skin
Bacterial and yeast skin infections of dogs are usually secondary and we therefore must find and treat the underlying primary condition.
Maisy’s blood tests showed that she had an underactive thyroid gland. This explained why Maisy had lost all her energy. Dog’s suffering from this condition often appear sleepy and lacking in energy, their coat may become dull and they may also gain weight without explanation. In Maisy’s case the hypothyroidism had also caused her skins immunity to weaken and allowed the bacteria and yeast infections to occur on her skin.
- Maisy’s fur was clipped and cleaned with soapy disinfectant around the particularly raw areas of skin. This allows air exposure to the skin and also allows for easier monitoring of the condition.
- Maisy was given a course of antibiotics for her skin.
- Maisy was also given some medicated skin shampoo for her owners to use to wash her.
- To treat her hypothyroidism Maisy was started on medication which she will have to be on for the rest of her life. Her owner will have to bring her back in 6 weeks time for another blood test to check the medicine is helping Maisy.
We are thrilled to be able to say that Maisy is now doing really well and able to enjoy runs in the park with her friends again. Maisy will need future monitoring and regular check ups.
If you are worried that your own dog is experiencing similar symptoms to Maisy and is not as energetic as they once were don’t hesitate to contact us for a checkup.