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Old 07-21-2016, 06:46 PM
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Hi! I need some advice...I have a 2 year old mostly white pitbull and He was eating WILDERNESS RED Meat food and my husband changed it to TASTE OF THE WILD. He had some red rashes with wilderness food on his belly and groan area but now I don't know if its because of the food or his Easy something harness we use on him that he has on both high front of his legs missing patch of hair and he is scratching it so it's bleeding and on the other side of his leg he has little pimple bumps and last night he started scratching those even though I BOUGHT sulfodene that is a medicated itch relief spray and we have been using that on it. We have been bathing him with Baby johnson and johnson soap plus adding neosporin on the wounds. I took off the harness and have been using for 2 days a regular around the neck collar on him. On top of all that we did apply a anti flea /mites liquid on his body. I googled it and it looks like some type of allergic reaction to something but don't know what. This picture on the website looks like this on him and his other leg its pimples and a little scratch Natural Dog Care Guidance from Organic Pet Digest...


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Old 07-21-2016, 09:54 PM
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Timeline needed.

When was the food switched and why? Did the dog have the rashes before the switch or after? How long has he been eating taste of the wild?
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Old 07-22-2016, 08:07 AM
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When was the food switched and why? Did the dog have the rashes before the switch or after? How long has he been eating taste of the wild?


He was on the Wilderness bag of foof for a year or year and a half. My husband changed it because he gpogled best food to give pitbulls and this 1 was top of the list compared to other names plus the $. I would buy yhe wilderness big bag 60 65 lbs for 65.00 The Taste of the Wild is 45.00 a big bag. Also woth the wilderness food he would get red dots around his lower belly /groan area and now that stopped since we switched his food now close to a month now. But hes getting these big cuts on his front legs along with pimple looking things. We mix with Totw with warm water and add peanut butter because sometimes he doesnt want to eat or add a piece of singles cheese and mix it in with his food.
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It sounds like food or environmental allergies, and it could be a combo of both.

To see if it's food allergies you'd need to do an elimination diet, pick either a LID (Limited Ingredient Diet) food like Natural Balance, home cook for him. Whichever you choose you need to find a food that does not contain the protein and grains that were in his old food and treats. So if his old food has had chicken, beef, fish, and rice, you'd need to find food and treats without those ingredients. Feed the new food to him for a month and see if his skin clears up, if it does then it's likely the food that causing the skin problems, if it doesn't it could be an environmental allergy. If it's the food then once the month is up you can start introducing new foods to him one by one to see which he's allergic to. So one week you may feed him some chicken and see if he reacts, the next week beef, and so on and so forth.
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Rubs on the front legs could be caused by easy walk harness try a freedom harness instead. Also he may have a a secondary bacterial infection that the sulfodene and bathing will not stop. Vet visit for oral medications to treat from the inside out. I agree with the limited ingredients diet.
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Thank you for your thoughts! We are starting to eliminate some treats we have been giving him along with cheese. We also have been having him the harness on and bought him a different one on amazon. We have been also using peroxide and putting on neosporin as directed from the vet. He also thinks its from the harness but says since hes a white dog it can be environmental allergies and to give benedryl.So..we will keep you posted. Thanks again
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Put him on a limited ingredient food, of a protein he hasn't had before, to rule out food allergies. Then look into your harness, have you washed it lately? Is the area rubbing off under the pits and chest or groin? If it's the groin then the harness isn't to blame, it's more likely food or environmental allergies. If it's the pits and the chest, the the skin is rubbing on the straps of the harness.

As Agility collie said you may need a trip to the vet if the skin gets worse and gets very red, irritated, and has pustules because these are indicative of a skin infection which requires antibiotics. You'll also might want to discuss using a medicated shampoo to help with the itch.
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