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Old 10-21-2016, 11:08 PM
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My Newfoundland Megan has been suffering from a red rash on her belly and under her armpits since she was six months old, I have tried loads of creams etc, antihistamines and nothing has helped,

I have found with Megan it's a food allergy, all dog treats and dog food, so she has a raw meat diet and only 100% natural treats, actually the only treats that are okay are rawhide chews,

It's really worth looking at his diet,

I didn't really believe it was her food until I changed her diet, she now only gets spots if someone gives her a treat without me knowing.
Both of the vets I saw assured me it was an environmental allergy and not a food allergy, but if he does not clear up soon I'll have to give that a try. Do you use straight raw meat or is a freeze-dried or frozen raw diet the same?
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Both of the vets I saw assured me it was an environmental allergy and not a food allergy, but if he does not clear up soon I'll have to give that a try. Do you use straight raw meat or is a freeze-dried or frozen raw diet the same?
Yes I was told the same by several vets, but in Megan's case it turned out to be food, I'm still not sure what it is in the food ie: Wheat or additives that are the cause, just know it has worked for her,

I use both fresh and frozen raw meat for my three, I think it's about the same, they usually have Tripe or Chicken and sometimes Rabbit. I don't like handling the meat, but it seems to keep my three healthy and happy, so I put up with it
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Yeah, fastest way to rule out food allergies is single protein - and the fastest way to accomplish that is to convert to raw - at least temporarily. But if you're going to do it, do it right. If it's environmental, that's a pain.

If blood tests haven't been done, I'd highly recommend a full blood panel inclusive of everything thyroid - not just a T4 carrier. So much in the endocrine system can cause allergy like symptoms. I'll be taking Monty in next month for a full blood panel just to have a baseline. Overall he's really healthy.

We had tried jagger on a couple of different allergy pills, maybe try switching up. Plain Reactine didn't give any relief, Plain Claritin worked better.
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Theism summer I met some people who had a dachshund that had bad allergies. The vets told them it was environmental and grass. He was having monthly injections and creams to apply. I disagreed and gave them some of my herbs and told them to change to raw which they did.

They were on holiday here and within the first week of change the dog was scratching less. I have heard from them since and they say he is 100% fine. Only on raw and no scratching.
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Have you had the hard frost come yet? A lot of people and dogs get relief after that
(Assuming you're in a winter climate)
The ragweed has been horrible this year
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For sure switch to a single protein to rule that out. I find that a lot of vets give shaky advice on food allergies-- that might be linked to the fact that "hypoallergenic" foods loaded with corn, wheat and all that junk are so popularly merchandised in vet's offices

Once you've ruled out food (poultry and grains are the most common ones), watch the seasons to see if it flares up at a particular time of year. That could point toward a certain plant.
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Thank you everyone for your advice! I'm still thinking it's seasonal or environmental, because of how it showed up only in mid/late summer despite being on the same food he's always been. I'm not going to rule out the food as an allergy source, but I'll watch it as the season changes to see if it gets better. We are finally starting to see some cooler weather so maybe things will change in the next few weeks.

If they don't, then I'll switch to a single protein raw diet to see if it's anything in particular setting the allergies off.

I would love to see about getting an allergy panel done, it would really make things easier.
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