i adopted a black lab/sheltie mix at 4 1/2 months. he's now 4 years old. since then, he has periodical (once a month) skin infections/itchy red spots which flake and last for weeks. 3 vets have seen him, prescribed all sorts of shampoos and ointments/sprays(medicated, oatmeal, iodine, cortisone, antibacterial)as well as fatty acid supplements, antihistamine, cortisone and antibiotics. it is independent of season, he has no fleas, fungus or similar parasites. he lives indoors but has lived in 3 different states (with very different weather and vegetation) and the irritation/infection never stops. i've changed his food, shampoo, etc and it doesn't help. only antibiotics help (and cortisone a little bit) but i don't want him to be on these medications on a constant basis. i am very frustrated (and so is he) and he's suffering and itching constantly. what else can i do? i really appreciate your help.
It sounds like your pet has allergies. You need to have your pet allergy tested. This will give you real answers and you may be able to start desensitization therpy. Good luck, vetcare