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Old 02-05-2016, 04:51 PM
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@Dawnben , I appreciate the information. I decided to go with Go! Sensitivity + Shine Grain-Free Turkey Recipe Dry Dog Food that you suggested. It had good reviews from other dog owners that have allergies. I like the fact of dropping the potato completely. Try to rule as much out as possible. Thank you for the tip on dog food, hope it works for Gunner! If there is anything else, I am all ears to any tips ! Thank you
Its worth a try and a lot less expensive that testing. Wait at least a couple of weeks preferably a month to judge if its working. It takes time to get the allergy stuff out. You could also try this.
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sounds like the vet gave you expensive royal canin anallergenic? Jessie has allergies found she cant have any dry foods(tried just about everyone here in nz) including hills z/d and royal canin anallergenic. Jessie would get loose stools, direha, really red belly , dandruff itching chewing paws sore ears.

only things that help is this honey manaka cream, huha whoop itch and ouch lotion and a raw diet of rabbit, horse, lamb, goat and veal. adding new proteins slowly. though only having horse veal lamb atm. goat pieces are machine cut which is dangerous. oh she also gets green tripe too and organs and bone in.

Also i found i had to change laundry detergent to ones without SLS/sulphates, cant use shampoo with fragrance, sulphates esp SLS, and parabens or wheat in it. wheat because im allergic to it. we also dont use oatmeal shampoo. now its envirtomental
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Ask the your vet about this if switching foods doesn't help Apoquel Q&A: Will oclacitinib revolutionize the treatment of allergic dermatitis?
hopefully it is just a food allergy and you find a protein source that works.
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My dog has environmental allergies, he's usually very itchy from June/July to October. This year the weather was so weird that his allergies actually came back full-force in November.

The vet prescribed anti-histamines (that didn't work so well...) but was hesitant to prescribe steroids because of the potential side-effects you're also worried about.

Honestly? The only thing that worked was having him wear a loose (human) t-shirt and men's boxers He is a very tolerant dog so he got used to his new outfit pretty quickly and never tried to take it off, so this might not work on every dog. We were able to prevent the numerous bald spots, secondary infections and hotspots that he had had the previous year from all the scratching and biting. I wish I'd thought of this sooner...
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@Dawnben .. I thought the same thing. I felt like I was getting a run around from the vet so thought I would give it a try. I am planning on a full month of the dog with nothing else.

I am going to check out the skin and allergy you mentioned.

Thank you again!
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@crazy Yes they gave me the expensive dog food. I was shocked how expensive it was. Today was the last day of it and will start the new food! Hopefully this does the trick!!

I will look into the laundry detergent. I'm willing to give everything a look over and trying to make Gunner more comfortable. I appreciate the tips and information. Thank you!
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@agility collie mom ... I will do so. I am starting new food today, and hopefully this does the trick. But I will make sure to keep this saved and ask the vet about it if the dog food does not work.

Thank you for the information!
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@Seyss .. I also was very hesitant with the prescribed steroid route.

I am sure he pulls off the shirt and boxers well! haha! Also helps to have a tolerant dog.

I appreciate the information and heads up. Also I appreciate the information for a heads up from what you have learned along the way. Thanks, again!
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@tswen Have you visited a Vet Dermatologist/Allergist? They can perform a blood or a skin test and come up with allergy shots like they do for humans for your dog. Over time your dog will become desensitized to the allergens.

Just visiting a specialist may help to give you better suggestions on how to control his allergies. But if you aren't aware dogs can be allergic to themselves.

http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/hea...dog-allergies/

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I concur with @Dawnben about the single source protien, I never give food brand advice, but I will say that CHICKEN is the most allergic protein in the dog food industry and depending on the severity can cross over to turkey. Second, we've called Purina Vets, Purina Vets for about 30 years, for a reason
Lastly, and most importantly, to your dogs tummy and your wallet, food allergies can take up to 4 months to actually purge from the system, so if you change your food every month your really not verifying anything.
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