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08-03-2018, 02:45 AM

Histiocytomas (Tumors) All Over Young Husky. Biopsy and Pictures.

Hello Everyone,

Thank you all in advanced for reading and responding. Let's get right into it. Not sure my vet knows what is going on, neither do we. We would appreciate some help.

Dog:
- Husky Mix (Mostly Husky)
- 3 Years Old
- Male (Neutered)
- South Florida Region
- Overweight
- Genetic mange as puppy (Cured)
- Cherry Eye 2 years ago (Cured)
- Chewer - Typical things he gets a hold of (Lumber, Rarely Pressure Treated Lumber, Pine Branches, Oak Branches, Hickory Branches, Pecan Branches, Typical Backyard Stuff, ETC)

Symptoms:
- Hairless Lumps over entire body, predominantly in armpits. One of the lumps is on his nose obstructing airways that is definitely something reducing quality of life.
- The dog is itchy over most of his body.
- Going on for approx 1 year
- Two times, randomly, the lumps have regressed for approx a month

Owner Action:
- Recently put dog on exercise regiment consisting of walks, jogging, and swimming in salt water.
- Reduced food to get weight under control
- Tried 4 different foods throughout the year, properly switching through foods. Listed in Order(Hills Science Diet, Merrick Grain Free Beef and Sweat Potato, Purian Pro Plan Focus Stomach Salmon and Rice, Currently Merrick Grain Free Lamb and Sweet Potato)
- We tried Benedryl based what most forums mentioned for dose size.

Vet Action:
- General dog care (flea meds, heart worm, ETC)
- 1st attempt to cure problem - Cortisone Steroid Shot and Strong Antibiotics Oral
- 2nd attempt to cure problem - Prednisone Oral (Followed Dose and Instructions) and Strong Antibiotics Oral
- Followups all throughout
- Problem persisted so they took a Biopsy.

Story Time
We are not sure what is going on with our dog. Our vet is doing what he can and we are going to seek more local professional eyes in the coming week. The dog honestly seems still happy and full of energy much like his breed should be. He is gives it more energy and excitement on our walks than our pit bull, but understandably we are frustrated he has to currently live with something like this.

Even if you don't have a medical recommendation, maybe tips on approaching vets with this information. Anything helps. Thank you all again.

Google Drive Link to Pictures and Biopsy Results
https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...zg?usp=sharing
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08-03-2018, 08:10 AM
Try raw feeding - northern breed types especially do not thrive on kibble and other processed type foods. Do your research to get it right, it is not difficult, but do not rely on your vet to know much or even approve. He is likely to tell you how dangerous bones are for dogs - this is nonsense as long as they are raw and meaty.

You have nothing to lose, it will help with the obesity and if it doesn't work, no harm done; I would be a very wealthy woman if I had a thousand pounds for every dog with similar problems to your's that has been converted to raw feeding. Carbs can be killers for dogs. Poor dog, really hope a trial of raw feeding helps. He may well turn his nose up to start with, don't give in, just pick the bowl up, cover and put in the fridge and try again; if he is overweight, it will not harm him to go without for a few days. My boy Hal - a very stubborn husky/mal/wolf cross wouldn't eat much at all for a week, living on raw chicken wings mainly, before he finally started to eat a full meal of raw meat and pureed raw vegetables.
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