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Old 09-06-2016, 02:44 AM
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If your dog is highly allergic to chicken then even though the chicken was hydrolized in the food it might have still been too much for his system. I know 2 dogs like that, chicken, no matter what form it's in, sets off major reactions in them. That might be what's going on and why the food did not work.

Have you considered home cooking for him for a month, doing that you'll know exactly what he's eating, and can par it down to just a couple of ingredients. I'd suggest something like 1/2 meat (make sure it's something he hasn't had like maybe pork) and 1/2 quinoa. I suggest the quinoa because it's novel, not a grain, and is considered a super food. If he does better you know for sure it's the food, if not then it's likely environmental.

I'm not sure if you knew or not, so I'll mention it, when doing a food trial it's important to only give the dog the trials food and nothing else, no chews, no treats. If you must give the dog treats make sure it's the same ingredients as the trial food. What a lot of people do is simply use the protein type (fish, chicken, pork, beef, etc) as the treat.

What I'd also do is wipe him down whenever he comes in from outside, especially his paws, legs and underbelly. That should help to cut down on any environmental allergies that he may have.

He could be highly allergic to fleas, I've seen flea allergies cause that type of reactions

If you really suspect environmental allergies an allergy test might be worth the money.
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Here I am again.

In the meantime, we went to new vet and he did thyroid test which was ok.
Then he checked his anal sacks and squeezed the smelliest fluid I have ever smelled. He said that it can be the reason for the problem, so we must monitor Nero's condition in next days. He also gave him dexamethasone injection and told me to give him dexamethasone tablets for 3-4 days. He told us that dog wont stop biting himself immediately, but he should in 2-3 days. And that exactly happened. Nero was able to sleep without elizabethan collar, which was equal to wonder to us.
But...when we stopped with dexamethasone tablets, he started to bite and scratch himself again.
During next 2 times we went to vet, anal sacks were almost clean, and we would repeat dexamethasone therapy....problems would stop as long as he takes them.
Vet then told us to switch to methylprednisolone (I dont know why), which had same results as dexamethasone.
And as conclusion...the vet said that Nero has atopic dermatitis which has no cure and that dog must be on drugs almost always.

Since Nero was not on drugs for 10 days and he started making said to give him 1mg of methylprednisolone per 1kg for 15 days. He wants to determine the lowest efficient amont of methylprednisolone that Nero can take.

Here's where he bites himself the most right now:

Any comments on this? Is there really no cure for atopic dermatitis?
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