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Old 02-26-2017, 09:31 PM
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Food Allergy Symptoms

So It seems like every few months Aayla goes through a phase where her eyes get puffy and red, she has some mild facial swelling and a lot of head shaking.

I've taken her into the vet three times for this before. Each time was 'probably' conjunctivitis and we were given antibiotics. Once again I am dealing with the same symptoms and I'm honestly wondering why she is getting this problem so often. My bed gets cleaned, carpets cleaned, and everything else washed. She is not even a year and a half yet, she shouldn't be having these problems so often. I'm slightly wondering if it is a food allergy.

Vet says her ears look fine every time though she is shaking her head a lot, also scratching them. She has more than normal eye discharge, red eyes, puffy face around her eyes, she also has loose stool right now. Yet besides that she seems normal. She does not itch at her eyes and doesn't seem to be bothered by that.

I raw feed with a rotating diet of chicken, turkey, beef, pork and sometimes lamb. I'm thinking it might be the lamb since that is not something I have all the time. I'm thinking, once her food is out (in 10 days), of making lamb free meals and seeing if that helps. I've also considered getting her tested for allergies but I've heard that it can be wrong.

I'm so conflicted. I feel like that person that shows up to the vet clinic wayyyy too often. I'm surprised they don't know me by first name when I walk in.
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in my opinion there is nothing wrong with going to the vet every day if you are concerned about your animal. you are its human and you made a commitment to look after her and keep her comfortable and happy. if anyone frowns upon that then I truly hope they don't own any of their own animals.
your gut seems to be pointing to the lamb. I would say trust your gut and test that theory first. allergies can be so tricky. I really hope that it is the lamb and that you can just cut that from her diet. Good luck!
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I had several reasons for taking my pack off raw, but the symptoms you're describing were prevalent in most of my dogs who'd been fed raw long term. One in particular had chronic eye/ear infections that did not respond to antibiotics, and she developed horrible red tear stains out of the blue at 7 or 8 years old after only 2-3 months on raw. Another, older dog had chronic ear infections that caused his ears to swell painfully. He was on steroidal ear treatments on/off for years, and even then, the flesh was too swollen and tender to even clean them properly - also shook his head constantly.

We also had an increase in reverse sneezing throughout our "raw years", which is a very common reaction in my breed to both environmental allergens and immune or autoimmune system issues.

None of these symptoms were a response to a protein allergy, but in fact were a reaction to the high amount of bacteria in the diet itself. Dogs can certainly handle the pathogens in raw meat without being outright killed by it, but the daily bombardment on the immune system does take its toll. This, and the fact that the drastically low carbohydrate level in raw tends to cause thyroid issues (the thyroid in omnivorous animals thrives on carbs) and in turn a depressed thyroid leads to a weakened immune system.

When I took my dogs off raw, without the use of antibiotics, switching to cooked foods alone saw a DRASTIC reduction of allergy symptoms, tear stains/eye goop and the chronic ear infections. After a month or two of cooking, along with diluted apple cider vinegar for their infected, painful ears, all symptoms had permanently abated.

I also had dogs with kidney infections, seizures, hypothyroidism/symptoms of low thyroid, bad teeth, and cancer that spread like wildfire. Now, my base diet is home-cooked. Along with that I supplement with a kibble that would make most here cringe, and still have healthier dogs than I did on raw.
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Changing the diet seems like a good idea.

Nothing wrong with the vet knowing you by name, we were there monthly for the first 8 months of Echo's life. Two times for conjunctivitis while there was a drought, apparently the dust kicked up during play can do it.
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My vet's office knows my voice over the phone when I call!!! Don't worry yourself about that.

You are feeding a rotation of several different meats. That makes it confusing to pinpoint. Try to chart his/her reactions according to the foods you are feeding. It may very likely be related.
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I've started hand picking out the lamb to see if that will help, but I know allergens can take up to 6 weeks to clear the system.
@TrackInDirt That is all something that I will keep in mind. The benefits I see raw feeding have me doubt that she is struggling with the diet itself. Her teeth are perfect, her coat looks amazing, and her body condition is fit and lean. I've met her litter mates and her coat and teeth look better than theirs. Yet I could possibly see the lower immunity, if the bacteria was a problem.

I've considered taking her off raw because of freezer and time issues. If this persists in being a problem maybe I'll see if that makes a change.
@LexiLou Its hard because my meals are all mixed with at least four different meats, then prepped weeks in advance. True search to find an allergen typically requires going to a single protein diet for a while, then slowly adding back in the others. Which I can do but I am really just hoping its the lamb.
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