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I got my dog (blue heeler/lab/pit mix about 6/7 months) early September. After I brought him home I noticed SEVERE itching, hair loss, and of course the bumps. I originally thought MANGE, however, I noticed something odd. All of this is on his legs, feet, and general lower body while his back and general face area/neck are completely fine and even growing beautiful shiny fur.
I brought him to the vet 2 days after we got him and was given 500 mg of cephalexin along with a steroid shot to help the itching. His poop at this time was pretty bad, it was basically just liquid. The shelter we adopted him from was feeding him science diet so they didnt think allergies at all. His itching got a little bit better, but no real improvement.
So we moved vets.
The next vet told us mange because puppies dont typically have allergies. By this point we had skin scraped my dog 6 times, all negative results. They prescribed another dose of Cephalexin 500 mg, 25 mg of hydroxyzine, dewormer liquid (white cream, not sure what its called), and lastly advantage multi. they told us to do all of these things 2 times a day and the mange would be gone. the advantage multi was once every 2 weeks and we've done that 4 times now. until about 2 weeks ago he was WONDERFUL!!! hair growing back, no itching, and even good looking poop. so we thought for sure it was mange.
HOWEVER, all of a sudden two weeks ago..it was like a light switch turned back on! he's still on the same meds, same everything, but something changed. he's been itching like the first time we got him again. cant sit still.

is this mange or am i a complete idiot for not seeing the signs that this is in fact some type of allergy? I called the vet and he told me its hands down an allergy since it worked but all of a sudden stopped but i just dont think we can completely eliminate mange. is advantage multi really sufficient enough to kill mange?

i was thinking about doing the allergy test but god almighty they are expensive! i also read that they can give you a false positive and therefore they can be helpless. this has got me so stressed out and i want to jump off of a building.
anyone know whats going on?!
 

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Demodectic manger can be hard to find mites sometimes, and it can reoccur throughout the dogs life, especially during stress. Could be allergies as well.
What is the dog eating now? Have you tried a diet to eliminate food allergies? Does he have fleas? Is there a dermatologist you can take him to?
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Dog was on pedigree, vet made us switch to beneful then later told us lets move him to IAMS, so we are currently on IAMS.
I haven't started any kind of diet because the vet hasn't really recommended anything. He just wants me to come in to get the $300 allergy test, so I'm thinking if I can figure it out on my own, I'd rather just do that. (food allergies) I just don't know where to even begin!!
No fleas! and definitely not a dermatologist in my immediate area.
 

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Duck and potato, or salmon as protein source is a good one. I have a dog that is allergic to corn.
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what is the outbreak like for your dog? itchy?
did your dog also generally break out on legs/feet? I just don't know why he's not having any issues on his back/neck/face area.
i'm assuming i've done everything i can as far as mange treatment. i had never heard of advantage multi treating mange completely.
 

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Dog was on pedigree, vet made us switch to beneful then later told us lets move him to IAMS, so we are currently on IAMS.
I haven't started any kind of diet because the vet hasn't really recommended anything. He just wants me to come in to get the $300 allergy test, so I'm thinking if I can figure it out on my own, I'd rather just do that. (food allergies) I just don't know where to even begin!!
No fleas! and definitely not a dermatologist in my immediate area.
Beneful? Ugh I wish that vets would stop recommending that food it's not good at all, doubly for the dry stuff as it's loaded with dyes, and the dyes themselves can cause allergic reactions in dogs.

To try an allergy diet you'd find a food with a protein source that he's never been on, and one with limited ingredients. Like Juliemule said, duck or salmon are two good ones to try. Then you'd feed him that food, and only that food for around 8 weeks. Don't feed him anything else, that means no dog treats, no chews, no bones, no table scraps. If his the itching stops and his skin clears up then you know it was a food allergy and you can slowly start adding foods in and see if he reacts to them, just stay away from whatever protein was in the old food. If he's still doing bad on that food try a food with different ingredients.
 

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I just finished the beneful bag and actually he was on it when he had his last relapse of itching.

how soon will i know if it is the food? for example, will the itching slow down in about a week or so and by 4 weeks maybe he'll be itch free? do you have any idea? i just want to know what exactly to look for.
 

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get off beneful now!!!! as juliemule said, duck/potato or salmon/sweet potato would be a better try...also grain free. you're gonna spend 10 x in vet bills what you are saving on cheap food. it can take a couple mouths to get better with a food switch so unless the dog gets severe or is vomiting/diarrhea for days in a row then stay in it for the long haul and NO TREATS.
 

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beneful is done! i'm currently on IAMS (for puppies) as recommended by the vet. i should probably compare the brands i've been using.
what if the IAMS works? when will i begin to see less itching? 8 weeks?
 

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The less ingredients the better. Compare the iams ingredient list to the beneful, then to a simple formula of duck and potato.
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