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Susan Paquette
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posted February 22, 2006 10:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Susan Paquette     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If anyone is offended that I post on this forum please let me know. I am in no way making light of anyone's suffering by asking questions about my puppies ichthyosis. I am just starting to realize how difficult is has been for people with ichthyosis (diagnosis Feb 21, 2006). My question - is there anything out there that has helped. I have looked at the pads of his paws today and they seem to be thicker (keritinized) that what I think they should be. He has the flaking skin which is very bad. We noticed when we first got him that maybe his eyesite was not too good, but we dismissed it, until now that he got the diagnosis. We have been using a shampoo Nizoral, which really doesn't help too much. I would appreciate any suggestions. Kind regards. Susan Paquette

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shandra
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posted February 22, 2006 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for shandra   Click Here to Email shandra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Susan
I am still new to this, but wow I did not know that animals could get this. I guess you learn something new all the time. Did a Vet diagnose your puppy? Its amazing that if it was a Vet he/she knew anything or had even heard of this, and I am jsut saying this becuase so amny Dr's by me have never heard of Ichthyosis. I hope someone here can help you out. Sorry that I can not. I do hope that your puppy is not in too much pain.

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Susan Paquette
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posted February 22, 2006 02:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Susan Paquette     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Susan
I am still new to this, but wow I did not know that animals could get this. I guess you learn something new all the time. Did a Vet diagnose your puppy? Its amazing that if it was a Vet he/she knew anything or had even heard of this, and I am jsut saying this becuase so amny Dr's by me have never heard of Ichthyosis. I hope someone here can help you out. Sorry that I can not. I do hope that your puppy is not in too much pain.

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Susan Paquette
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posted February 22, 2006 02:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Susan Paquette     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A vet diagnosed my puppy (Baxter) by taking a biopsy of his skin. We just got the diagnosis yesterday. He does not seem to be in any pain, but I am curious if is able to sweat, I am concerned about the summer months, heat stroke and all. There is so much too learn.

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Lisa Marie
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posted February 24, 2006 02:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lisa Marie   Click Here to Email Lisa Marie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is the second dog I have heard that has Ichthyosis. I really have no idea how you would treat a dog, since they've got all that hair. If Nizoral isn't working, ask the vet what else you can use. I have also heard of people using regular lotion on dogs noses and pads of their feet when they are dry. Double check with the vet, but that might be something you could do.

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shandra
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posted February 24, 2006 03:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for shandra   Click Here to Email shandra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a thought, but would you be able to shave your puppy in the summer? Maybe keep in him real cool air in the summer and when he is outside set up a baby pool somewhere in the shade with cold water. Our Rott loves water and always tried getting in the pool with us that we got her, her own baby pool to be in and she just loved it.

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Les Avakian
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posted February 26, 2006 10:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Les Avakian   Click Here to Email Les Avakian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello Susan
I am happy you posted and there is an article in the summer/2001 Volume 20-# 2 edition of our Focus newsletter concerning ichthyosis in dogs.There is a picture of Riley, a Jack Russell Terrier who lives in Texas.He attended the Houston Regional conference,April 7,2001, and was a hit with all who attended.The article goes on to say he is the mascot of the Comparitive Dermatology Laboratory at Texas A&M University where one of their major objectives is to help dogs with this disease and to use this knowledge to help humans.Of all the mammalian species, dogs are most prone to develop ichthyosis.We have recognized ichthyosis in eight different different canine breeds all with different forms of the disease.In breeds such as Golden Retrievers, the skin changes are extremely mild, in others, like the form of ichthyosis affecting Riley that resembles lamellar ichthyosis in humans, the scaling is quite severe.Other forms of canine ichthyosis resemble human epidermolytic hyperkeratosis and ichthyosis bullousa of Siemen.Taking care of a dog with a severe form of ichthyosis is like taking care of a child with the disease:retinoids, baths to remove excess cornified material,avoiding skin infections with bacteria and/or yeast and keeping the dog cooled.The two writers of the article are Robert W. Dunston and Kelly M. Credille, Comparitive Dermatology Laboratory, College of Veterinary Medicine, College Station, Texas 77843.Susan, if you have time, contact the college and they can provide more information. Thank you again for posting.
Sincerely,
Les

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Promiseland
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posted March 03, 2006 10:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Promiseland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My question would be since dogs sweat through their tongues are their tongues affected also by Ich, and if not would they have a problem with overheating at all?

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