Though it doesn't show as much in photos the fur on his muzzle and between his eyes has thinned since the bery begining of the symptoms back in August 2009. His coat in general is somewhat dull but after his bath he still looks great. There's a patch of fur missing on his forearm where he'd formed a hot spot a couple weeks ago along with a big rash around his groin. The vet put him on doxycycline which works synergestically with the niacinamide he takes daily. He's been wearing a cone around his neck while we tackled the rash. I had applied hydrocortisone cream and ice packs to help speed the healing. It is finally cleared up. Is he gorgeous or what?:
June 23, 2010: it actually looks better today. We are continuing daily doses of prednisone 40mg in the morning and azathioprine 50 mg in the evening along with doxycycline 100mg twice daily, niacinamide 500mg twice daily, immune tabs. Prednisolone eyedrops will be decreased to twice daily and tropicanmide eyedrops 3 times weekly.
June 13, 2010: notice the smooth texture in contrast to the normal cobblestone texture in April photo. The cracks above his nostrils have been constant for weeks. Could be the disease or drug side effects or environmental. His paw pads have also been extra dry and cracked. I've been applying vit E to both.