I dont mean to hijack, but I am curious, is the allergies and skin issues common in ABPT's, or is this non-discriminatory to breeds? I didnt realize until I became a member the skin issues that they have and allergies and until I got Sonny,
I am curious about this now, too. I had not noticed Dex itching himself and saw no welts or lesions; however, he is at the vet being neutered today and the vet called to tell me that he has 'serious skin problems' which took me by surprise. She said his groin area is all scaly (err, I scratched his belly just last night and noticed nothing odd), he has lesions on his feet (weird, I just bathed him from head to toe the other day and saw nothing strange at all), and his skin is very red (not last time I looked yesterday). They called me to authorize an antibiotic/steroid injection but I politely refused because I'm skeptical of what the real issue at hand is having not seen the problem myself. I dropped him off last night for his surgery today so if he was allergic to the cleaning solution they use in their kennels, perhaps that's what caused these problems because he certainly didn't have them when I dropped him off. The vet went on to tell me that this is common in 'pits' and that 'He has a lot of white and will just be one of those dogs with nevervening allergy problems.' I'm just not buying in. I've never owned an APBT before Dex but my Rascal is almost all white and her allergy issues are easily manageable without steroid injections. Every Spring/Fall her skin gets red and her belly goes bald. I feed a good, high-quality food and provide a fish oil supplement to keep my dogs' skin healthy. I use Benedryl sparingly if need be. If I think Dex has a serious problem I will definitely take him back for treatment.
After my vet's comments about these symptoms being common in 'pits' it made me wonder whether they really are common just in 'pits' or if they are just common across the board for dogs that eat low-quality food, are vaccinated too often and are pumped full of medicine and steroids every time the vet suggests them.