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Old 01-14-2017, 08:08 AM
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Possible food allergies/trouble with Hotspot.

Hi! I'm back after a long absence!

But I'm dealing with a nasty Hotspot on my dogs face - it's close to the eye and the vet was actually uncomfortable clipping it and asked if we would mind doing it at home.

We are going out to get proper clippers - meanwhile I trimmed it with the scissors.

We also have a medicated wash instead of the cream because she was nervous he would rub the cream in his eye. We also got the antibiotics.

I'm sure we'll be fine with the trimming.

But this is the third Hotspot in as many years - it's never been because of a flea/tick bite.

Brutus is a Rottweiler and he always had a rather coarse coat.
He was also prone to pimples on his chin although that has lessened.
His skin is fairly dry and he has gotten a couple of ear infections that we've cleared up quickly with medications from the vet.

We also bought a special cleaner from them to use once a week.

But all of this put together makes me think this might be a possible food allergy.

I mentioned it to the vet we saw last night (not our regular vet) and she didn't really weigh in on it at all (I wasn't looking for a confirmation or anything but just asked for her thoughts on it).

What do you guys think?

His stomach is always fine. Never a problem there.

It seems we are mostly having problems with his skin and infections.

Poor little muffin is so pitiful.
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Welcome back @myrottenones!

Food allergies are a possibility. I've been dealing with this and my boy Buster.

What are you currently feeding and has there been any change to his food recently? Have there been any lifestyle, diet or season changes when his hot spots have flared?

When he was diagnosed with ear infections, did the vet determine is it was bacterial, yeast or both?

Sorry for all the questions, but these are some of the ones my own vet has asked me with Buster while determining if his allergies are food, environmental or both! Sadly, Buster is allergic to air pretty much and he has allergies to both food ingredients and environmental factors, so he is a bit tricky to manage.

I hope you are able to find answers soon!
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Our youngest, Spicey, was also terribly prone to skin problems, but thankfully, as the years have gone on, she seems to have "stabilized," if there is such a thing in regards to skin issues. I used every bit of advice given to me, and as far as I'm able to tell, the combination of food, composition of her bowl, and treatment (if there is an outbreak), has really cut down the duration/severity.

She's on grain-free kibble (Taste of the Wild - Bison & Venison is promoted to be helpful for dogs with sensitive skin), her bowl is made of glass (in the event contact allergies were part of the problem), and any subsequent outbreaks, after that epic infection I linked to above (mostly hotspots), has been resolved by a chelated silver spray. Here's a helpful page that explains "chelated vs. colloidal" silver. At any rate, I keep a fresh bottle handy in our pet's first aid box; it's been invaluable.

As far as ear infections go, I use this fantastic recipe from a cocker spaniel family website. Ingredients are easy to get, and it works as a preventative as well as treatment for an infection. I wish I had known about it when I had my lab, he was forever suffering with them, and the ear cleaners I was buying from the vet just weren't cutting it. I used it for our dog Tiger's ear issues once, and it was resolved in days.

I hope you're able to pin down the source of the issues if possible, and that this helps a little bit.
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What are you currently feeding and has there been any change to his food recently? Have there been any lifestyle, diet or season changes when his hot spots have flared?
We went through a few different brands to figure out a good food to feed both dogs because the other one has a sensitive stomach - we finally found that Kirkland dog food kept them both happy. No change in his food for the past 7 months at least, but that's when we switched up the flavor (did it slowly).

No changes that I can pinpoint - he has never gotten the hotspots in the summer, every time has been in the winter time, same for the ear infections.
I have always been weary of letting him swim or having him out in wet grass, because of his skin.
Same in the winter, we go for walks and play outside for a bit but I make sure he's dry when we get inside.

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When he was diagnosed with ear infections, did the vet determine is it was bacterial, yeast or both?
My husband took him in and he doesn't ask nearly as many questions as I always do. He just took him in, told me the vet looked at it and gave him the medication for it - he gave us ear drops called "Canaura".

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Sorry for all the questions, but these are some of the ones my own vet has asked me with Buster while determining if his allergies are food, environmental or both! Sadly, Buster is allergic to air pretty much and he has allergies to both food ingredients and environmental factors, so he is a bit tricky to manage.
Don't apologize at all for the questions! Thank you for taking the time to reply.

I know this isn't anything serious that needs an emergency anything but I always get anxious when my animals are in discomfort so I tend to jump on things, right away - if only for research.

I am going to call the vet's tomorrow to get all the details that my husband didn't get.
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Our youngest, Spicey, was also terribly prone to skin problems, but thankfully, as the years have gone on, she seems to have "stabilized," if there is such a thing in regards to skin issues. I used every bit of advice given to me, and as far as I'm able to tell, the combination of food, composition of her bowl, and treatment (if there is an outbreak), has really cut down the duration/severity.
Good to hear she's doing better.

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She's on grain-free kibble (Taste of the Wild - Bison & Venison is promoted to be helpful for dogs with sensitive skin), her bowl is made of glass (in the event contact allergies were part of the problem), and any subsequent outbreaks, after that epic infection I linked to above (mostly hotspots), has been resolved by a chelated silver spray. Here's a helpful page that explains "chelated vs. colloidal" silver. At any rate, I keep a fresh bottle handy in our pet's first aid box; it's been invaluable.

As far as ear infections go, I use this fantastic recipe from a cocker spaniel family website. Ingredients are easy to get, and it works as a preventative as well as treatment for an infection. I wish I had known about it when I had my lab, he was forever suffering with them, and the ear cleaners I was buying from the vet just weren't cutting it. I used it for our dog Tiger's ear issues once, and it was resolved in days.

I hope you're able to pin down the source of the issues if possible, and that this helps a little bit.
Thank you so much for your feedback. I'll be taking a look at those links.

I'm currently browsing the websites of the stores that are close to me, to see what type of grain-free food I can buy.

I'm thinking about picking up something that's grain-free and with a different protein/carbohydrate.

I'm leaning towards GF Venison and Sweet potato or GF Salmon and Pea.
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@myrottenones, you are a great parent to your companions....you are doing a fantastic job by reaching out, even if for research. I've done that as well recently, especially for Buster as I've dealt with seasonal environmental allergies in the past, but nothing like what Buster experiences.

I would potentially email Diamond Foods (the manufacturer of Kirkland dog food) to see if they have made any formulation changes, even a minor one in a dog that has allergies can make a huge difference. I know that Diamond has changed up their formulations in the past without notifying their customers. Worth looking into.

I hope you find answers soon so you and your baby can get some relief.
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@myrottenones, you are a great parent to your companions....you are doing a fantastic job by reaching out, even if for research. I've done that as well recently, especially for Buster as I've dealt with seasonal environmental allergies in the past, but nothing like what Buster experiences.
Aww! Thank you so much! I tend to annoy my friends when I submerge myself in anything new, when it comes to my pets.

For the longest time it was all about Shadow and his stools (who doesn't like to ponder and worry over poop?), then it was my cat and her stress related FLUTD's, then the ear infections with Bru, then we had an emergency with the cat and now we're back to Bru!

My husband says I might as well go the whole way and study animal nutrition for how I am with them.

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I would potentially email Diamond Foods (the manufacturer of Kirkland dog food) to see if they have made any formulation changes, even a minor one in a dog that has allergies can make a huge difference. I know that Diamond has changed up their formulations in the past without notifying their customers. Worth looking into.

I hope you find answers soon so you and your baby can get some relief.
That's actually a great idea! I will do that, see what reply I get.

And again, thank you so much for your input.
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Hi! I'm back after a long absence!

But I'm dealing with a nasty Hotspot on my dogs face - it's close to the eye and the vet was actually uncomfortable clipping it and asked if we would mind doing it at home.

We are going out to get proper clippers - meanwhile I trimmed it with the scissors.

We also have a medicated wash instead of the cream because she was nervous he would rub the cream in his eye. We also got the antibiotics.

I'm sure we'll be fine with the trimming.

But this is the third Hotspot in as many years - it's never been because of a flea/tick bite.

Brutus is a Rottweiler and he always had a rather coarse coat.
He was also prone to pimples on his chin although that has lessened.
His skin is fairly dry and he has gotten a couple of ear infections that we've cleared up quickly with medications from the vet.

We also bought a special cleaner from them to use once a week.

But all of this put together makes me think this might be a possible food allergy.

I mentioned it to the vet we saw last night (not our regular vet) and she didn't really weigh in on it at all (I wasn't looking for a confirmation or anything but just asked for her thoughts on it).

What do you guys think?

His stomach is always fine. Never a problem there.

It seems we are mostly having problems with his skin and infections.

Poor little muffin is so pitiful.
Hello!

I'm sorry to hear you are dealing with possibly allergies and hotspots! I too have a lot of experience with this as my lab has had several infections due to allergies. I now feed her strictly raw which has proven to help quite a bit. I don't know if you would be interested in feeding raw but I do recommend it because it has shown significant improvements from my experience with dogs with allergies. If you are not comfortable with preparing raw food (which I really am not) you can buy raw food from suppliers such a Big Country Raw, based out of Niagara Falls, ON. That is where I order my food from. The raw food contains meat, organ and bone. You just have to keep an eye on the dog to make sure they aren't getting too much of one and not the other - but you can measure this by the look of their stool. I say it may be worth a try if you are experiencing food allergies. Dogs are generally allergic to the protein source in the food. If you do not want to feed raw, you could try a high quality kibble that is a Limited Ingredient Diet or a protein source that your dog has not tried such as Kangaroo. These foods may be more expensive but the way I look at it, is you are giving your dog better food, and there may be less money paid in the long run because of less vet bills!

As for the hot spot, I am amazed that the vet would actually tell you they are umcomfortable with clipping and asked if you would. Very strange!! Anyways, I have tried the "Legendary Canine" "Healer" dog soap and its all natural and specifically designed for skin problems. My dog was dealing with either food or environmental allergies and I found some skin lesions on her undercarriage that just wouldn't go away on their own. I decided to give this all natural soap a try. It actually cleared the spots up, made her fur so nice and shiny and soft, and it is really easy to use, goes a long way and rinses out in half the time as normal dog shampoo. I think it would be worth a try if you can get your hands on some. I found this through the Big Country Raw website and here is a list of the shampoos if your interested, it may help with the hotspot and I can't imagine any of the ingredients would affect the eyes if it accidentally entered it a bit.

BigCountry Raw | Legendary Canine Healer Shampoo Bar

Hope this helps!

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Have you tried any sorts of oils? We have had similar issues with our two pups. They get hotspots and allergic reactions that we thought may be from their food. To ease the pain and help their coat a bit, we tried Salmon Oil and that seems to work. We used that guide to look into other oils like coconut and essential, although we haven't yet given them a try. Might be something for you to look into?

Let me know how it goes, hopefully everything works out!
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