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Before Christmas, Raya lost a little bit of hair near her nose and then developed what looked to be a red rash either side of her nose. 

She also had some eye trouble at the same time so off to the vets we went - antibiotics and anti-inflammatories made it slightly better. 

 

We were referred to a specialist - namely an opthamologist for her eyes who say she has very narrow drainage canals which is likely to lead to Glaucoma later in life for her....  :( , her blood vessels are growing over her cornea also in two places on her right eye - Pannus. The opthamologist thought the nose issues and eye issues point to an auto-immune condition. She asked I complete her treatment and then not give her anything else while we waited for a follow-up appointment with her and a dermatologist (14th Jan)

 

Over Christmas Rayas eye looked to be getting worse so I called the specialist and took her back in earlier than planned. The opthamologist said her problem wasn't as bad as I had thought (thank goodness). but has since given her some ointment for the eye. 

In the meantime her nose and snout are have developed quick rapidly. It looks awful.. pics attached. 

 

A few friends think it is ZRD and I am giving her x3 zinc tablets a day plus I have swapped her kibble to a wheat free one to try and help her (along with her usual chicken, white fish or pork with veg for dinner) 

 

Does anyone else think this is RD or something else? Raya has never been 'ill' before and I can't bear the sight of her poorly snout. It is quite upsetting to see - her appointment is on the 14th and I am desperate to get her treated ASAP. 

 

I am applying sudocreme to her nose with cottons buds, though she doesn't seem to be bothered by it. She doesn't rub it or lick the area. 

Any suggestions would be so very grateful. It came on so suddenly....  :cry1:

 

(I hope the pics don't upset anyone and I assure you her health is my number one priority) 

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:( sorry I can't help either, but it sounds like you're in good hands. I wish Raya a speedy recovery xxx

 

 

btw just a little insight: I've seen pics of huskies with ZRD, and although the rash is commonly found on the muzzle area Raya's rash doesn't really resemble the ones I see in pics. In a glance, I think it's not ZRD.

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The dermatologist only works certain days a week (part time) and I have had this appointment booked since before Christmas. It has got a lot worse since then, although this is what they wanted in order to be able to get good scrapings for tests etc. 

She doesn't seem troubled by it, but it troubles me as it looks awful and sore  :(

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Hi there Kerry. Got to admit, I'm in agreement with the others that this looks unusual compared to typical cases of zrd. Ice gets mild flare ups of zrd from time to time and after a few days of sudocream it clears up and fades away. Does the cream or supplements appear to be making any difference at all? Good luck at the dermatologists. Xxx

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Hi there Kerry. Got to admit, I'm in agreement with the others that this looks unusual compared to typical cases of zrd. Ice gets mild flare ups of zrd from time to time and after a few days of sudocream it clears up and fades away. Does the cream or supplements appear to be making any difference at all? Good luck at the dermatologists. Xxx

 

Hi Emma, 

At the moment I only have Sudocreme to put on it. It hasn't made any difference and it is starting to look very much NOT like ZRD now, so I'm baffled. Appointment on Tuesday. Hope we get a quick result. xx

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Hi Emma, 

At the moment I only have Sudocreme to put on it. It hasn't made any difference and it is starting to look very much NOT like ZRD now, so I'm baffled. Appointment on Tuesday. Hope we get a quick result. xx

Good luck at the skin doctors. Xxx

Have just re read your first post and spotted the words auto immune condition. Ironic because I was just considering that skin rashes can be a side effect of auto immunity deficiencies. My son (ok he's not a dog! But it's a similar principle). He has An auto immune condition (ulcerative colitis). As the body is attacking itself, it can cause side effects such as aches and pains, ulcers , and skin rashes, amongst many other things. the spots on Raya look quite like ulcerations/blisters which is what made me think of it. Obviously the dermatologist will be of more help, particularly if this turns out to be the case, as it can be something recurring when the immune system is weakened. Also it could be something entirely different, I'm just guessing here. Hope you get to the bottom of it soon, keep us updated. :)

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