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Old 10-03-2017, 01:53 PM
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Dog Allergies?

Hi Everyone, I am new to the Forum and would like opinions from anyone with experience with scratching and allergies.

My rescue dog (lab mix with a pitbullish type) has been severely scratching for over 2 months now. Ive had her A bit over a year. She was scratching until fur came off and sores developed. The vet put her on steroids and all got better, but as soon as she came off them it all went back to square one. I can?t afford an endless stream of vet bills!

Background: she eats raw food from Ryans (mainly chicken with different varieties mixed in one per week or so).

Vet tested for skin parasites and found none. No fleas either.

Bought an air cleaner in hopes it might be dust or pollen, but has not helped. A relieving spray doesn't seem to do much.

Thought it might be the food but she gets no grains or soy in her diet?

Any ideas on what to do next? Thank you so much!
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Maybe try giving a bath with dog oatmeal shampoo? Worth a shot
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I have a feral dog named Jaya, and discovered her allergy is seasonal. She's fine once the snow falls, (well, it takes about 2 weeks for everything to stop itching), but after the snow melts, she starts scratching, and licking her feet and belly, and upon occasion reverse sneezing.

It took me a few years to figure out she was fine in the winter but miserable at all other times. My vet has also been giving her steroid shots, which cost me about $25.00. She will load up the syringe and let me come and pick it up and take it home and give my dog the shot myself. So, no office visit charge.

Next summer, baring any major bills getting in the way, I'm going to try something my vet suggested a few years ago, when we figured out this was a warm weather allergy.

She told me she has a place where, after she takes a blood sample from the dog, it's sent in and the company determines what the dog is allergic to...then, using your dog's own blood, they make a serum out of it and the serum is suppose to help the dog control the allergy. It's given to the dog like 3 drops a day on the tongue, if I recall correctly what my vet said. And the serum lasts about 4 to 5 months, depending too if one can go every other day, if the dog shows improvement..etc.

From what I remember my vet said the initial fee for figuring out what the dog is allergic to, was about $350, and then after that, it's $150 for the serum to be made. So, once they have the means to make the serum, it will be about $150 every summer to keep my dog treated with something other than steroid shots.

My vet said she's seen some nice successes with this treatment, but sometimes it only does an 'ok' job and a dog still might require a steroid shot a few times a year. If I could even get Jaya down to 1 steroid shot between March and October, I would be much happier. As it stands she sometimes needs 4 or 5 throughout that time span.

BTW, my vet also tested Jaya for skin parasites, and she was clean, and I feed her the same dog food all year around, so it's not a food allergy.

If you are not doing so, to save money, you might ask your vet about allowing you to give the shots. It's not that hard to so, the shot just goes into the big muscle of the shoulder, kind of back of the neck area. The dog hardly feels it, and while it's not a fun thing to do, stab your dog with a needle, like I said, do it like the vet shows you, and it's over with in seconds with the dog not even bothered by it.

I hate giving her steroids, but I also hate seeing her scratch gouges into herself....she's literally scratched the fur off in some areas and made a bloody mess out of her shoulders and rib cage area...even her face too. She's cut the area above her eyebrow and bloodied her muzzle digging at her face with her back claws.

I try not to let her get to that point, but this last time, I had to chose between getting her, her parvo/kennel cough/and some other shot over giving her a steroid shot. I have to wait about 2 weeks before I can go back for the steroid shot...but with a puppy in the house, I figured the parvo and other boostesr were more important. So I'm treating her with hydrocortisone cream rubbed onto her most itchy areas, and giving her benadryl at night so she can at least sleep. I haven't seen where it's helped all that much with the itching though.

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As far as food goes, try changing the protein. Chicken tends to be a trigger for allergies and intolerances. Assuming the food is a pre made commercial brand, what else is is on it?

Another thing.... how many vaccines has the dog had? Vaccines are huge immune system wreckers, when given over and over and over.....
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Thanks guys.

Her vaccines are the normal annual. Her main food is raw and contains chicken meat and bones and beef organ meat. I have an oatmeal in spray that doesn?t seem to do much at all.

This is the first time I?ve looked forward to winter coming! Since it is close I will wait to see if symptoms abate and if not I will need to test her diet. I am very hesitant to put her on steroids again as she gets super dehydrated (even though she has access to water) and I know it?s not good long term, but I guess if she scratches to wounds than there might nit be another choice....

This is my first dog with allergies and it sure is frustrating for both of us!
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First of all, more proteins than chicken are needed. Chicken is the lowest quality protein. It doesn't contain a lot of the needed nutrients or fats needed in the diet. Without those fats especially, the skin and coat will suffer. Chicken has little to no omega 3's, and are loaded with omega 6 which are an inflammatory. Red meats are the most nutritious and have the most fats. They are also generally higher in the needed omega 3's. Dogs have to get those through diet, because their body can't generate them themselves. The more variety of proteins you can add the better, and as much reds as possible.

As far as vaccines go... yearly is entirely too much. Most dogs are immune for life after the first round of puppy vaccines. Not set, one round. Giving more to an already working immune system isn't better. More damages a natural immune system. Feeding raw is also a huge boost to the immune system, and vaccines over and over just knock it out. What I do with mine, is they get the first round of vaccs from the breeder. The day I bring the puppy home I make an appointment with the vet for titers in five weeks. Titers will measure antibodies in the blood to detect immunity. If titers are normal, the dog is immune and no vaccines are necessary. Any that are not, the dog can be vaccinated for those only without overdoing it. Titering in another five weeks should then show immunity. No more vaccines after that.
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