need help dog allergies
Posted 11 June 2012 - 01:58 PM
Posted 11 June 2012 - 02:29 PM
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?
Posted 11 June 2012 - 05:28 PM
Posted 11 June 2012 - 06:18 PM
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.
Posted 12 June 2012 - 10:51 AM
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.
Posted 12 June 2012 - 12:17 PM
So I am going to amend my advice to use boiled (or baked & drained) ground beef mixed in with the rice.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 03:07 PM
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.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 04:24 PM
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Posted 14 June 2012 - 08:31 AM
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