I haven't posted on here in a long, long time but I'm hoping some of you can help me. My dog Max has been sick since January (~10yo mix breed 85lbs). The short story--started with weak hindquarter, skin issues (dry, flaky, crusty, bumps), ATE part of our Weber grill, starting vomiting non stop bile and blood for months, lost over 20lbs--I could go on and on. After spending thousands, the diagnosis was cancer of the lining of the stomach(without confirmation). He was put on Prednisone and Reglan in March. Since March, he gained all of the weight back (plus 5lbs!), stopped vomiting, went off reglan and was all the way down to 2.5mg of pred a day.
Over the last month, his skin issue came back (dandruff, flaking, crusts, etc). Our vet now has him on 5mg of pred every other day and an antibiotic. She also said it appears he does not have cancer (specialist gave us that dx) Max is currently on week 3 of antibiotics. His skin is a little better but his leg and stomach still look bad--flaky/crusts.
He has had all normal bloodwork--even when he was vomiting non stop. Ultra sound of his abdomen showed no issue at all--liver, stomach, gallbladder. He did appear to have a few bladder stones but nothing major. His urine looked fine---slightly high wbc but on the high end of normal. All XRays were clear--rechecked to make sure he passed all of the grill. He also tested negative for Addisons. Our vet (and a few others at the specialty hospital) are stumped. I'm sure I am forgetting things along the way here but my question for you is--could this be an autoimmune issue we are all overlooking? Does anything sound familiar to you?
Current symptoms-just the skin issue. Besides that he is eating, pooping normally, no excessive thrust. He really seems happy and back to his normal self besides this skin stuff.
He has been eating Solid Gold for years so I really don't think any of this is food related. WHen he got really sick, he wouldn't eat any dog food. I was cooking all of his meals with limited ingredients. I just want to figure out what is causing all of this. I don't want to give up!