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Concerned  Posted: 4:21 PM, April 1st (Monday)

So I have this resucue dog. He is an Afghan Hound and when I got him he was 10 years old and in terrible shape! I got him back to "normal" except he has alleriges!!! BAD BAD skin alergies!!! It is almost raw under his tummy
I took him to two different vets. They did blood work and determined his thyroid is OK. One of the vets charged me an outragous amount for shampoos and foods and nothing helped!
I am back to square one! I found a vet that specializes in skin allergies for pets but the initial visit alone is almost $200! That is just the office visit!

I am curious if any of you had issues w/ your pets allergies and what you did.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!!


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Default  Posted: 4:29 PM, April 1st (Monday)

My dog has very bad allergies. She needs to eat a prescription dog food. Her skin issues cleared up after putting her on the food. No treats either.

I hope you figure out what is causing your pups problem.


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Default  Posted: 4:31 PM, April 1st (Monday)

Thanks Zebra!
Did you have to go to a specialist? I have been through two vets now and my next step would be a specialist!
What kind of dog food do you feed now? How did you figure out what kind of allergies it was?

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Default  Posted: 4:35 PM, April 1st (Monday)

I know how you feel. My german shepherd has pretty bad skin allergies. They get worse during the spring and fall when his coat is changing over. To alleviate the major discomfort he gets a cortisone shot that lasts 1 month. 1 during the spring and 1 during the fall. We also make sure we brush him constantly and give him fishoil with every meal. Food was a really hard one to nail down but we finally figured out that anything with wheat or corn was a major contributor. this included chicken since they tend to get fed that too and it carries over.

I think each pet is different and lots of vets make a killing off allergy testing. I wish you the best and hope your pooch feels better soon.


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Default  Posted: 4:40 PM, April 1st (Monday)

No specialist, just regular vet. I don't think the vet knew for sure what was wrong with our pup. We got lucky with the food. It is Hills z/d low allergen. The vet told us Hills was going to discontinue that particular food. When we found that out, we bought about a one year supply. We are one our last 2 bags. If we can't get more I don't know what we will do. She gets so sick and horrible skin problems on other foods.

Maybe you could just try a different food and see if it helps before spending lots more money on vet bills? I feel for you.


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Default  Posted: 4:40 PM, April 1st (Monday)

We have a breed of dogs prone to food allergies (American Pit Bull Terriers). We only feed them Timberwolf Organics which we order online. The product made with fish (Ocean Blue, I think) is excellent for dogs with allergies. Sometimes food allergies manifest themselves with skin reactions, itchy paws, or ear infections. For some reason, vets seem to discount this . . . go figure (*cough* $$$ vet visit).

Good luck! I know how miserable it can be to see your critter suffer


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Default  Posted: 4:46 PM, April 1st (Monday)

2nd the fish based dog food. We feed ours a fish and potato recipe. Did a great job for us.


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Default  Posted: 4:46 PM, April 1st (Monday)

Google apple cider vinegar skin allergies dogs

It's a holistic way to treat skin issue's,

My son's dog had a a bad spot on her skin, she lost all her hair, it was suggested to try apple cider vinegar, and it cleared up the area, all her hair has now grown back

The cream that the vet gave her didn't do anything, but the acv, worked really well

It's cheap, we never put it in her water just on her skin,


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Default  Posted: 4:57 PM, April 1st (Monday)

Thanks for all the responses!

we never put it in her water just on her skin

Wouldn't that burn terribly? He is raw under his tummy. I think it would burn like fire on his raw skin. Am I wrong?!

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Default  Posted: 5:53 PM, April 1st (Monday)

We give our hounds a corn free food and that helped A LOT. You can get it from higher end dog food stores and groomers. Although it is more expensive than regular foods, you actually feed them less though so it really isn't all that more expensive. We use Call of the Wild, it's the fish one.


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Default  Posted: 5:58 PM, April 1st (Monday)

You have my sympathy. We used to have a dog that was allergic to DUST, for crying out loud. She was allergic to just about everything. We used to take her to a specialist and had to give her allergy shots at home. We had to give that up when my H got laid off, though. We ended up giving her lots and lots of benadryl, poor girl. Since your dog is an older guy, I would discuss making him comfortable with steroids and/or benadryl and trying some of the home remedies mentioned here.

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Default  Posted: 6:02 PM, April 1st (Monday)

one of my dogs (a Beagle-Bassett) and my cat both have serious allergies, the Bagle is on a steroid every ay, it certainly helps her out a ton. Our cat is allergic to fleas and has sore spots all over here, whenever she gets one bite, she ends up with dime to quarter sized sores all over her body, Needless to say we're hyper vigilent about fleas and flea treatment/prevention with all of our animals, but it's not fool proof, she's broken out right now. I'd ask the vet about putting your dog on a daily steroid dose to calm the itching and reactions to see if that helps. If it does great, if it doesn't switch to a gluten free or raw meat only diet, and be crazy vigilent about fleas, and see if you can narrow some of the allergens down (grasses/trees/pollens)


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Default  Posted: 6:09 PM, April 1st (Monday)

EW,

I worked for the kind of vet specialist that you are looking at taking your dog too. A veterinary dermatologist. What kind of questions do you have?


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Default  Posted: 6:28 PM, April 1st (Monday)

My pugs have pretty bad skin allergies, but we've been able to make it all but nonexistent with diet modifications. NO wheat. NO corn. NO soy.... the little girl has dairy allergies (no cottage cheese for bland diet) and the little boy has protein allergies (no fowl).


It took us years of trial and error, and medication and lotions etc, to hone in on what they could and couldn't eat individually.

A lot of people had us look into game vs traditional meat-protein sources. That was a step in a great direction.


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Default  Posted: 9:33 PM, April 1st (Monday)

My Golden had skin allergies her belly sounds like your rescue's belly.

The vet couldn't figure it out.. a friend of mine who rescues Italian greyhounds in another state told me to eliminate all grains from her diet for 60 days and see if anything changed.

It took one bag of fish and sweet potato dog food and one month for me to be sold. The dog food was expensive... but with her sleeping in my room, and her waking me up with her scratching... it was well worth the price I paid to get a good nights sleep.

I got the food at pet supermarket.. if you join their club and buy 12 bags (make sure they are the same size) you get a bag free.

We were both happy campers with the results. Poor dog was miserable and smelled awful.

Try a grain free food(no grain treats) for a month see if there are any changes... a bag of dog food is cheaper than the vet.

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Default  Posted: 10:13 PM, April 1st (Monday)

Yes, our dog had horrible allergies.

Our vet put him on a food called K/O, made by Iams. At the time we could only get it at the vet. It is made with kangaroo and oats and is specifically formulated for dogs with skin allergies. I would try it before spending more money.

Our vet told us it could cost a lot of money to identify our dog's allergy. He said that most allergies in dogs are caused by poultry, wheat and corn. So he suggested going with a food that had none of those ingredients. The K/O worked great for him..


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Default  Posted: 4:54 AM, April 2nd (Tuesday)

Sorry, we diluted the apple cider vinegar, about 1/3 acv, to 2/3 water, we used a mister bottle, so never saturated the area, she had no open wounds, just red thick skinned scaly area, the vet assumed she was allergic to fleas,

She liked the taste, I'm going to try adding a little bit to the water to see if it really does help with the different things that I read it does,there are people that swear by it for flea control,

She eats Natural Balance duck and sweet potatoe, always has even before she had her skin issue,


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Default  Posted: 9:54 AM, April 2nd (Tuesday)

One of my dogs has horrible skin allergies and after years of trial and error with commercial kibble I finally broke down and started cooking for all 3 of my dogs.

I had moderate success going grain free but then had to narrow down which protein was still causing issues. Natural Balance has a Limited Ingredient Diet that comes in a variety of proteins. I had the best success with the Potato and Duck variety. I only decided to start cooking because each dog had a different need and by preparing it myself I can tailor the recipe to suite all 3.

I've been involved in a breed specific rescue for 5 years now and we council our adopters about proper nutrition for our breed. Although quality food can be expensive you will save money on future vet bills if you spend more on what you feed them.


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Default  Posted: 12:14 PM, April 2nd (Tuesday)

There is a way to tell if your dog has food allergies vs environmental allergies. They are different and will present differently.


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Default  Posted: 1:36 PM, April 2nd (Tuesday)

Thank you ALL!

Tired Girl,
thanks for your post. My dog scatches under his belly all the time. He smells TERRIBLE even though I bathe him with the very expensive shampoo from the vet. I have been to two vets. Noone could tell me anything.
How do I find out if it is food allergies?
Any pointers will be GREATLY appreciated!
I don't have the money to keep going to vets or the specialist.
I can afford good food for him. What do you suggest?

Thanks again you guys!!!

ETA He also have a large sore on his tail that seems to grow and get smaller at different times.

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Default  Posted: 1:50 PM, April 2nd (Tuesday)

My mom's old dog was tested. The little thing was allegic to everything EXCEPT fleas and vension.

So he spent the rest of his years getting homecooked, ground up deer meat for every meal.


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Default  Posted: 2:11 PM, April 2nd (Tuesday)

What are you feeding him now?

My dog had a big scratching problem too and I assumed allergies but didn't want to spend the money on testing. I did some research and found that the most common allergies are corn (grain). I picked a food that doesn't have grain in it and gave it a try before having to shell out hundreds on tests.

http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/products/dogs/dry_food/high_prairie_canine_formula/

This is what I started feeding mine. Maybe try a grain free food for a month and see if it helps. If that doesn't work then maybe try a poultry free food since alot of dogs are allergic to that as well.


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Default  Posted: 2:19 PM, April 2nd (Tuesday)

I just did the research on this for my website. Turns out, most dogs are allergic to grains (especially corn), beef and milk products. Try keeping all of this away from your pooch and see. The food is expensive, but it's better than all the testing and vet trips! Good luck.


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Default  Posted: 3:15 PM, April 2nd (Tuesday)

Hi EW,
My precious little Emmitt had terrible allergies. I had him tested at the vet, who told me that it was all about what he was eating. He was allergic to almost everything, so I had the list narrowed down and cooked for him. I also started giving him desensitization shots over the final years of his life. They helped quite a bit actually.

My poor baby suffered terribly, my heart goes out to you and your dog. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions. I would start with an allergy workup and go from there. Good luck!

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Default  Posted: 3:32 PM, April 2nd (Tuesday)

I have this same thing going on but with my cat? It's sooo frustrating.

Just wanting to offer my support!


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Default  Posted: 4:09 PM, April 2nd (Tuesday)

EW,

If he has a smell then he has an infection, and it can be either yeast or bacterial. Your vet needs to do a cytology to see which it is and it can be both to see what medication he needs. His itching will increase with an infection, so until you clear that up doing anything else is useless.

Next is , has your dog had any steroids, whether pills or shots? And if he has, did they help? If they did, for how long?

Is your dogs itching year round or seasonal?

Those should get us started on where your dog is at.


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Default  Posted: 4:13 PM, April 2nd (Tuesday)

I have to cook for my Boston Terrier. Poor thing has stomach and skin. It takes forever and is expensive going through a vet. It wasn't long I started researching.

I make a batch tht last 4 days. She gets ground turkey, rice, carrots, squash & zucchini. This combo gives me/her the best results. I also add probiatics/vitamins to her food each morning. Our local feed store has "spunk" and her coat is beautiful now.

She breaks out in hives when she lays in the grass... In the summer we rely on baths and benadryl.


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Default  Posted: 4:17 PM, April 2nd (Tuesday)

slight t/j - reallytrying, Timberwolf Organics also makes cat food -


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Default  Posted: 7:57 PM, April 2nd (Tuesday)

thank you pippa, I've done the same tests and shots with her as everyone with their dogs. I'll look into it.


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really trying,

What have you tried with your cat so far?


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Default  Posted: 9:29 PM, April 2nd (Tuesday)

tired girl, steroid shots, blood/pee tests, dr. felt a lump on her thyroid, tests showed nothing to produce the whatever that makes her want to scratch her face off. We moved last year in March and it started in August. The shots are good for 3 weeks and then she's a mess.

I haven't changed her food, detergent, cleaning supplies, soap on me, same wool blanket on my bed as at the other house, etc.

The doctor is calling me tomorrow and will instruct me on the dose for liquid bendryl.

It's just her face and ears, no hair, raw then scabs...

sorry for intruding but this thread is helpful


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Default  Posted: 2:34 AM, April 3rd (Wednesday)

How old is she, have you had her since she was a kitten, when did it start and have you tried a food trial on her yet?

Prior to moving she had no symptoms?

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Default  Posted: 9:54 AM, April 3rd (Wednesday)

She's 13, and yes from a kitten and nothing prior to moving. The doctor said it's rare that she would develop a food allergy in her senior years. But I'm willing to give anything a try.

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Default  Posted: 10:33 AM, April 3rd (Wednesday)

Our pitbull has wicked allergies but they are environmental, not food, however our cat has food intolerances...yay us!!

For our pit, who gets really red spots on her belly and then proceeds to itch and lick them and she gets sores in between her paws, our vet gave us a spray (for the belly) and some medicated cleaning pads (for her paws). We do it twice a day when it's bad and once a day when it's not. If you want, when I get home, I can look at the names of the meds!


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really trying,

I am wondering if there is something in your new house that is bothering your cat. Did it develop at the same time? There can be a higher incidence of mold in your new place that you cat is having a problem with, or even if your new place has more or older carpet than the your previous home, it could be dust mites that the cat is having a problem with. It just depends if it really happened at the same time.

Now as far as food, yes it would be rare for her to develop a food allergy at this point, but possible. The best food to do a food trial with is one from your vet, if that is too expensive, then you can get one from a store like Petco and I would try one from Natural Balance. You want to go with a single source protein, and one she has never had before such as rabbit or duck. Switch her over very slowly, this is usually the trick with cats. Sometimes they don't like these foods and if you do this slowly so she has time to get used to it they will usually adjust. She can have NO OTHER food than this new food. No treats, and no canned food unless the food comes with a complimentary canned food. She needs to be on the food solely for at least 8-10 weeks before you will know if it is working. Make sure she is at the tail end of any steroid shots as that will affect what results you are seeing. And also that she has no infection present.

You can put soft claws on her nails and that will reduce the damage she is doing to herself. We used that often with our cats that we dealt with for allergies.

Hope that helps, if you need more recs for food let me know and I will look some up for you.

ETA: Has your vet talked to you about trying Atopica?

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thank you for all the information. I'll keep you updated.


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Default  Posted: 8:23 PM, April 3rd (Wednesday)

My sister just dealt with this problem. Poor doggie was scratching and getting rashes.

First vet said it is probably food allergies. She tried all different kinds of food, injections, the works. Nothing relieved his misery.

I told my sis to take Ben to another vet, and this vet did a skin scrape test.

Poor Ben, even though he looked healthy, he had the mange. My sis had searched his body for any kind of bug, but she could not find anything.

Oh, and Ben transferred the mange to my sis, which is scabies. She is very scratchy herself. She'll heal up quickly, but Ben will take a while.

After two treatments, Ben is 100 percent better.

I have a friend who is a vet tech, and she informed me that usually vets, when confronted with itchy critters, perform a scrape test of their skin.

Check to see if your doc has checked for this.

I hope you find relief for your darling pet.


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Default  Posted: 12:28 PM, April 4th (Thursday)

I am suprised that so many of us have pets with allergies!
I am glad that this thread is helping many of us and a big thank you to those that took the time to write about their personal experiences and victories over this horrible skin disease that is bugging out pets.

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Default  Posted: 2:27 PM, April 4th (Thursday)

Yes, Had a lasapoo that was allergic to grass. She was on a low dose steroid for the rest of her life, and got benadryl when she got particularly itchy.

My MIL has Westies, and one of them has food allergies, and they have changed over his life. First he couldnt tolerate the corn, so he got Rx food, then MIL started working for a vet, and he pointed out that it is actually cheaper to make the food, so he got chicken with beans and carrots she would cook up a big batch on the weekend, and he would get it all week. Hell it looked good enough I would eat it! Then he developed a sensativity to the chicken, so back to Rx food. Didn't tolerate that either. Switched from chicken to pork for the meat, he did ok with that. Now about 2 months ago she tried switching back to regular dog food, and low and behold he is fine with it. Except now he's getting fat!! He's getting older, still acts like a pup, but is about 11.
I would definitely reccomend trying the homemade foods that are on the websites out there. It's easy, and better for them, and less expensive.


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Hope everyone is working out some answers.

I had my cat tested and found out she is allergic to 19 grasses and trees. She starts weekly shots next week. UGH!


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Default  Posted: 11:25 AM, May 17th (Friday)

t/j @zebra25 - Check out hillspet.com. They have an allergen-free dog food called Ultra, and a whole line of foods they say are for "skin support".

It's most likely they were discontinuing the food you were using to have these different formulas. Check with your vet - I'm guessing that some of these would probably work for your dog.


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Default  Posted: 11:36 AM, May 17th (Friday)

Thank you so much for the info. We are on our last bag of food and I am so worried about giving her something different. The vet gave us the wrong food one time, also an allergy food made by Hills, we didn't catch it right away and she got very sick for a few days.

I hate that I have to change her food now because she is about 16 and does great on her current food.

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osxgirl
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Default  Posted: 11:49 AM, May 17th (Friday)

Well, you'll have to talk to the vet no matter what, because they are prescription foods. The vet may have samples you can try to see which, if any, agree with her.

Also, there is another company (I forget the name) which sells prescription foods in the pet stores, usually right along side the Hills foods. Our cat is on the Hills k/d (for kidney disease), and we've sometimes given her the equivalent in the other food. We don't anymore, because the other brand seems to disagree with her... but their equivalent of an allergen-free food might work for your dog.

If none of those work, you might have good luck with some of the foods others here have mentioned. You may just have to keep trying until you find one that she can handle. And there are lots of recipes out there for dog food if you want to delve into making it yourself. Doing that means you would be able to tweak until you get something that works best for her.


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