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A:Clumber Spaniel who hates visiting the Vet PetPlanet Vets PPAdmin email@example.com
I am sorry to hear your dog is having problems. Firstly, the skin condition. From what you have said you have in place a good flea control programme, which hopefully eliminates fleas as the cause. If he is very itchy all the time, with scaling as you describe, there is certainly a need to look into this, which will unfortunately require time at the vets. There are many different reasons for dogs to become itchy, and it will probably require more than a cream or lotion to sort this out. If you explain to your practice that your dog's temperament precludes any long visits, they may be able to accommodate you by having you consult with the vet without the dog present, at least initially, as a lot of information needs to be gained by the vet before an examination takes place. This will hopefully mean he only needs to be in the consulting room for a brief time. A lot of dogs do not enjoy visiting the vet, it may be that his nervousness has been exacerbated by the need to muzzle him for examination each time, reinforcing his mistrust. Perhaps you could take him to the vets a few times without actually having a consultation, so he can get used to coming and going in a calmer manner? The recent problem with his mobility does sound as though he is suffering from a degree of stiffness or pain, if he is reluctant to jump and seems to walk carefully rather than run freely. There may be a problem with the spine or knee joints which wasn't obvious on examination, as he didn't seem to be in pain at the time. I'm afraid he will need to be checked over by the vet again! Hopefully this has helped a little,
Sarah Mark BA VetMB MRCVS
(Vet for PetPlanet)