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Hello,

I really need help please! I am at a loss.

Here's a bit of a background:
My dog has had reoccurring anal gland problems for about a year now. We have switched her from different kibble because we think she has an allergy to something. We have even tried kibble for allergies and it didn't help. She has had an ear infection and bladder infection too.

I take really good care of my dog - take her for runs, play with her, give her lots of attention and love. She just seems to have a lot of health problems :(

Bella is a 2 1/2 year old black lab and border collie mix. We recently switched her from kibble to raw 5 days ago. She is eating turkey now though because it seems like she started itching after chicken.

She has been biting at and itching her paws, legs, etc. It has been a little dry around here (even my skin is dry). I see dandruff on Bella too.

She is on her heat and I noticed that she has licked her vulva raw (red with ting lesions) and her bum has a small yellow like crusty lesion. I took her last week to the vet to have her anal glands expressed and they were full but the vet didn't see anything wrong on her anus. She is incessantly biting/licking at her private area. She had a bladder infection a couple weeks ago and was on antibiotics. I had her rechecked and they said it was gone. So now I don't know what is going on??

I'm so confused as to what is going on and what to do. I am losing hope on raw and I just started :( I have no idea how to help her. I'm so sad :(
 

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Things aren't going to change overnight, you need to stick with one protein and feed that and only that for a good week or more. The fact that she is in heat is going to throw her body off. It's a huge stress on her. The licking is common while they are in heat, but some dogs will take it too far. Things can get irritated down there. The flux in hormones can also cause all kinds of issues with her body. This is a bad time of year for those with allergies, there is so much pollen and molds in the air right now. I would think about finding a good holistic/homeopathic vet, they tend to pay more attention to the whole body instead of just parts.

About the itching, have you used anything new in your home. Air fresheners, cleaners, carpet powders, laundry detergent or anything else like that? Anything new outside? Has she ran through freshly mowed grass? To get an idea if it is the food you need to stick with one thing. Each time you switch you are kind of resetting it. And remember her heat complicates all this. I would give her some fish oil, that should help with the dandruff and possibly the itching. I know if Freyja doesn't get her fish oil she will start to itch.
 

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Not sure if you brought everything up with your vet or not, but doctors are not perfect. They can miss things. Getting a second opinion, especially a specialist's, could really make a difference if they did.

At least you now have reasonable deniability for food allergies. Which probably means it can be other allergies (like soaps, pollen, grass...) humidity, hormones (did say she is beginning to heat), parasites (like mange/mites). Of course there is always the good ol anxiety and boredom.

If she isn't stopping, the cone of shame needs to come out. Fingers crossed hun :)
 

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If she started itching after you fed her chicken, she may be allergic to poultry which would include turkey.
 

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Yeast? When we got our Fin she had a UTI and since then had repeat issues of irritation. I started giving her a teaspoon of ACV with her breakfast every day, and that seems to keep her from being irritated. I'm not sure the exact reason, she's on great food and I've done elimination diets to rule out allergies, but whenever we stop the ACV, the irritation comes back, so we just stick with it.
 

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I think you are on the right track with allergies. If it is I would recommend regular bathing with some soothing conditioner, mud treatment, sugar scrub or anything that will help relieve the itchiness just for her comfort more then anything. But this will just keep her overall clean and dandruff free as well! There are many things you could add to her food to help promote healthy skin and coat. My personal favorite is coconut oil(make sure its virgin coconut oil!) but also I have heard of people adding salmon oil and different vitamins. But all of these are just band aids if it is allergies. If it is allergies working with your vet to find out and eliminate what she is allergic to is the best option!
 

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Bathing too often can cause more issues, like dry skin. Bathing strips the natural oils from the coat.
 
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