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#1 abbygail

 

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        Posted 11 June 2012 - 01:58 PM

my son has a black lab he is like his son he has been to all different vets about his allergies they have him on steroids and other meds for about 2yrs. this is no way for a dog to live its getting very expensive for my son please if anyone has any ideas they would be helpful we have changed food everything there is to do no go .

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        Posted 11 June 2012 - 02:29 PM

Thank you for writing. A lot of labs have allergies these days, a lot of it comes from unscrupulous breeders breeding only for the money without concern for the genetic history of each dog. In the end this just weakens the breed.

Allergies can take time to treat. Has your son taken this dog to a canine allergist or just a regular veterinarian?
Long term Prednisone use only masks the problem and doesn't take any steps towards finding what is causing the allergies in the first place.

Here are the most common sources of allergies for dogs;

Flea bite dermatitis. This comes from having fleas and not treating the dog for them.
Use of a cheap dog food where the first few ingredients are corn related products.
Use of a cheap dog food where wheat gluten is used in the formula.

Has your son taken steps to rule out these common causes?

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        Posted 11 June 2012 - 05:28 PM

hi yes my son has ruled out the food he feeds him only food with meat as the first 3 or4 ingredients he has been to a regular vet he also has a bad odor when he is not on his meds the vet said they cold give him a test to rule out different things but not the exacted thing he is allergic to

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        Posted 11 June 2012 - 06:18 PM

What are the first two ingredients in the food he is feeding?
As long as we are talking about the food, what brand and flavor is he feeding this dog?

Even if the food he is feeding has meat as the number one ingredient it still can contain corn & wheat products which could trigger an allergy. He may want to try using a grain free dog food for a month or more just to see what happens. It could give the dog some relief. It certainly couldn't hurt.

Another way of determining if the dog has a food allergy is to feed the dog nothing but boiled chicken mixed in with rice for about 10 days. If the dog shows improvement in this time, chances are that it is a food allergy.

Usually when a dog with allergies has a smell to it, it's because the dog could have a skin allergy related infection of some sort and anti-biotics may be needed to treat this.

Also washing the dogs bedding at least once per week can help too.

The thing to remember about dogs with allergies is that any changes you make to the dogs food, etc. can take up to three weeks to actually show up on the dogs skin.

But my ultimate advice is to take the dog to a veterinary allergy specialist and have the proper testing done to see what the dog is allergic to.

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        Posted 12 June 2012 - 10:51 AM

I 100% agree with Kurt is suggesting. You need to find out the root cause.

Alternatively, you could use boil hamburger (boiling gets the fat out) and rice. I only suggest this because Shiloh, yellow lab, is allergic to Chicken so this wouldn't have helped him. Luckily our Vet just knew the cause so it was an easy fix. Shiloh had itchy red skin, red between his toes, can't remember if there was a smell, but it was his skin for sure that effected. Chicken is apparently a really common allergy and used in most dog foods as well.

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        Posted 12 June 2012 - 12:17 PM

Thank you for bringing the chicken allergy possibility to the thread. I wasn't aware that is was pretty common. But it does make sense.

So I am going to amend my advice to use boiled (or baked & drained) ground beef mixed in with the rice.

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        Posted 13 June 2012 - 03:07 PM

Poor Doggie. He's suffering as much as your son's wallet is suffering. You're right that no dog should have to be on steriods as a daily treatment. Extended use can bring on a whole other set of problems.

My dog before the one I now have now had problems with allergies. He was a mostly lab mix. Hair loss, paw chewing, head shaking, ear rubbing on the floor, bad smell - he had it all. It was cured by switching to a raw diet. Buy the book called, "Give your dog a bone". Switching to raw feeding and my Perry was a new dog and the results were dramatic. Aside from curing all the symptoms I mentioned he also had white teeth like a movie star and his poops were fewer, smaller and dried up to white powder within 2 days. His coat shined like a black star and it was luxuriously thick and soft. It takes a bit more work but the results are amazing. Buy the book, it's on Amazon and give it a try. It completely changed my Perry's condition. Your vet will hate the idea but your dog is your first priority and this way of feeding works, it kicks out the allergies.



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        Posted 13 June 2012 - 04:24 PM

You guys are amazing on this site with helping us everyday day dog people assit our Lab's to live more quality life. We are very lucky to have the Kurt's and the Perry's mom sharing the many years of Labrador ownership experience with us. I tip my tail and ears to you guys! Just know you are doing a great service to our Labrador's and owners lives. My guess is that is why this site was created? Mission accomplished!

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        Posted 14 June 2012 - 08:31 AM

Thank you for the very nice compliment.

Yes, the reason this website exists is to help dog owners understand their dogs needs so that they can enjoy them more. This will result in a happier life for the dog too. There are pitfalls, traps and old wives tales out there if you want the real deal here we are ready to serve.




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