I hope some of the expert Basenji owners on this site can help. First, some background. My dog is 3 years old, neutered male. At about 1 year old, he developed a rash on his thighs. My vet said it was probably allergies and told me to change his diet. He has been on Verus white fish and potato kibble since. The rash did not improve and he was losing hair in his armpits. The vet said he is probably allergic to house dust and put him on zyrtec. I wipe him down with a wet washcloth daily to remove any allergens. The vet said that this is the best that I can expect. Then his thighs and belly became inflamed and the skin was turning black and thickened. His armpits are also black. The fur on every other part of his body looks fantastic. I then thought that he might be having a reaction to something he's laying on so I changed my detergent to an organic one and changed his shampoo to an all natural oatmeal, honey and coconut oil one. The vet put him on apoquel and Finally tested him for allergies (blood test,not scratch test). He's allergic to absolutely nothing!! But they said that the blood test is not food sensitive. So, my vet said to be very strict about feeding him only the verus and no treats of any kind for 3 months. The vet also tested him for mange ( which is ridiculous since his face is perfect and my other dog is fine) and also tested him for a fungal infection. I am waiting on those results. I've enclosed a picture and wonder if anyone has seen this before or has any suggestions.
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