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Old 02-24-2017, 06:58 AM
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My dog is experiencing some sort of allergic reaction on his skin

Hi! I am new here! I am trying to figure out what is wrong with our recently rescued American bull dog mix (bogey). We got him in December and his skin/ fur was fine. He was experiencing some itching so we took him to the vet, who said he has a extremely mild case of fleas (only found flea dirt). So we did everything possible to make sure the fleas were out of our house. Bogey was put on a round of medication to help with the itching. Last week we brought him back in to the vet because he scratched his neck and caused a little wound (now completely healed). The doctor represcribed the medication to help the itching, along with medicated shampoo and cream. We also switched from a soresto collar to nexguard. Now Bogey has red dots on his chest. I am still waiting to hear back from the vet, but was hoping someone could provide a little info to help ease my anxiety about my fur lover.
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Old 02-24-2017, 07:14 AM
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Since I'm not sure if it has to do with some sort of food allergy- we were feeding him blue buffalo freedom chicken and rice, and recently (within the past 3 weeks) switched him to regular blue buffalo chicken and rice. Thanks in advance to anyone who tries to help!
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In my experience, causes of skin problems like this are hard to determine, as pets are exposed to possible allergens on a daily basis. It could be anything. With my dachshund, we spent a year trying to find the culprit for his skin problems and finally found a correlation between his rashes and fresh-cut and wet grass. He also has a mild allergic response to fleas. I'm sure your vet will offer more information and advice, but sometimes it ends up being trial and error on the owner's behalf. Best of luck!
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Welcome to the wonderful world of having a white bully-breed dog. I have one myself who is allergy ridden. However, it took some time and trial and error. She had skin like that too.

My dog is allergic to chicken. And I was feeding her just that! I didn't know at the time. Then I switched her to salmon. Guess what, she was allergic to that too!!!

What has helped tremendously with Lexi is Apoquel. She gets a 16mg pill daily and it works great to keep her reaction to the allergies at bay.

We also did this test for Lexi to help find a food that worked for her:

Alternative Allergy Testing for Dogs and Cats

The company will send you a report of the foods and environment stuff that your dog is sensitive to based on the results.

Good luck, we went through a lot with our dog's allergies. It's very stressful. In the meantime, under the direction of your vet, might want to try some Benedryl to make him/her more comfortable.
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I've heard of dogs on Blue Buffalo breaking out in hives. The very hysterical owner of one of my pups sold to a pet home called me up at 11:30 pm on a Friday night believing the dog (who was about 6 months at the time) either had a disease or some sort of genetic defect. When I learned she fed BB, case closed, problems solved. Told her to temporarily feed Science Diet Sensitive Skin & Stomach just until her Vet could clear up the situation.

She bought a bag the next morning, took the dog to the Vet that afternoon, and by Monday she had sent me an email with a pic attachment of the dog whose problem had already subsided about 80%. And it originally looked a bit worse than the OP's dog.

Had the same issue with a puppy owner feeding Wellness (WORST.FOOD.EVER.) Both her Beagles developed bald patches with very dark skin underneath, making me suspect both dry skin and yeast infection were at the bottom of the problem. SD once again cleared up the mess, and she still feeds it today.

Problem with those holistic foods is that they are manufactured very much with the dog owner in mind, with little regard to the biological requirements of the dog's eating them. No feeding trials, no research behind the feeds. Lying about the quality and nature of the ingredients and deriding the ingredients of competing brands. Don't know how they get away with it

My advice to the OP - try any formula of Science Diet while the Vet figures out what's going on. This food is miraculous for dogs with coat & skin issues. Regarding fleas, we had a BAD season here. All my dogs were infested like I have never seen before, and they were being cooked for and supplemented with Iams. The pup, however, I had on SD puppy formula, and he was the only dog who wasn't scratching and that I did not find one single flea on. That same pup (my avatar) came to me with a greasy coat, bald splotches above his ears, and generally thin coat. At 4 months, he was not only twice the size the two male littermates his breeder kept back, he also looked like he could bench press them.

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