Hi everyone, I am new to your site and already have learned so much from reading the different posts! I have a two-year old female named Cassie, who is absolutely amazing-very lovable, playful, etc. Our only problem is that she has been having chronic skin problems as well as anal gland problems for as long as I can remember. Her neck and armpits are always so inflamed and red. She is itching at them constantly if we do not have her on a medication from the vet. She is on Tameril and Ketaconazole right now and they're having side effects like having large "accidents" in the kitchen during the day and being lethargic. The problem is that I do not want to keep putting her on medications. It's not good to constantly have her on something. We had her allergy tested and she is allergic to so many things. We have her on a special dog food-the only ones she is not allergic to. I have tried many of the medicated shampoos, which offer little or no relief. I just feel so bad because I have such a wonderful dog who has awful skin problems. Also, she has to have her anal glands expressed almost every two-three weeks. I have tried to do it myself, however I am not too successful. I have been trying the lentil soup thing I read about on this site, which Cassie absolutely loves, so we'll see if that helps. Does anyone know if the skin and anal gland problems can be related? If anyone can please help with some advice, I would greatly appreciate it. I love my "hound" very much and want to keep her around and healthy for a long time! Thank you so much!!! By the way, whoever created this site was a genius!