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Some backstory: I adopted my hound, Copper, over a year ago. He was 4, now 5 and was an abandoned hunting dog. Lived outside his entire life, generally not well cared for.

He is chronically ill with several known conditions including over 20 allergies (both environmental and food) and hypothyroidism. Which has given rise to chronic yeast infections, dermatitis and hair loss. He’s an itchy, red, mess. And is on 7 or so pills a day for those two things. That is a whole other issue I’ve been trying to fix unsuccessfully for a year.

he has recently lost his appetite. He used to come running at the sound of the food bowl. He has been on many different kibbles in the last year trying to find one that would help his skin and he wouldn’t break out in hives from.We landed on Royal Canin Ultamino and for a time things were good. He was eating good and was looking to be on the mend.

until one day he started not finishing his food. And then just picking at it now a month down the line. Though the was bored of the food so we switched his food about four times in the lasttwo months. As a few foods he reacted very badly too. Landed on another hydrolyzed protein. Wont touch it. For days. Will eat it if starving only. Switching to Farminia white fish. Same deal. Mixed with Zignature salmon wet food even.

His breakfast is grass he eats from the yard. Will take greenies and some of his favorite vegetables towards the evening but wants nothing in the morning. Making it very hard to get him to take his pills.

got blood work on him as well as urinalysis both of which are fine. Only condition he has going on is the chronic rashes and hair loss. We’re getting a skin culture done tommorow and getting into a vet derm in August.

anyone ever have a similar situation? I cooked him rice, Whiting fish and carrots for dinner tonight and all he wanted was the carrots. I’m at a loss with him. He’smy boy and I pour money into his health he just needs to eat for me.
 

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Is he an outdoor or indoor dog now? Are there any plants in particular in your yard that he reacts to?

What shampoo do you use?

What advice has your vet given you on all this? Is he losing weight?

Is there any particular reason you feed him fish rather than red meat or chicken?
 

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Is he an outdoor or indoor dog now? Are there any plants in particular in your yard that he reacts to?

What shampoo do you use?

What advice has your vet given you on all this? Is he losing weight?

Is there any particular reason you feed him fish rather than red meat or chicken?
Indoor though he spends some time outside everyday walking or being in the yard.

unknown on specific plants. Though his allergy test shows he’s allergic to plants like common grasses, ragweed, several types of trees including birch and a handful of others, also mold and dust mites. He has immunotherapyI have paused for now as it seemed to be making him worse. I may resume if the vet derm thinks I should.

shampoo: mal a ket or an oatmeal aloe

vet has given us various medications including: ketocanazole (anti-fungal), thyroxine (thyroid), apoquel, cytopoint, various antibiotics, gentaved. He continues to get worse. They are about out of suggestions at this point.

Fish so far has been the only protein he appears to not be overtly allergic too. That and exotic meats like emu and ostrich.
 

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Poor boy! I know it may be hard, but switching his food so often could contribute to the problem. If the Royal Canin was helping, then go back to that with a mix of whatever dog-safe vegetables and meat he is able to eat. As long as he is not losing weight, just let him pick at it. Leave the food down all day so he can eat when he feels like it.

Hills Prescription diet has a decent range of dry and wet foods for health issues like these as well, if you haven't tried it already. You sound like you are doing the very best you can for him, but don't overcomplicate things. As long as he isn't dropping weight, it may just be a waiting game to get him to used to a new food.
 

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Some backstory: I adopted my hound, Copper, over a year ago. He was 4, now 5 and was an abandoned hunting dog. Lived outside his entire life, generally not well cared for.

He is chronically ill with several known conditions including over 20 allergies (both environmental and food) and hypothyroidism. Which has given rise to chronic yeast infections, dermatitis and hair loss. He’s an itchy, red, mess. And is on 7 or so pills a day for those two things. That is a whole other issue I’ve been trying to fix unsuccessfully for a year.

he has recently lost his appetite. He used to come running at the sound of the food bowl. He has been on many different kibbles in the last year trying to find one that would help his skin and he wouldn’t break out in hives from.We landed on Royal Canin Ultamino and for a time things were good. He was eating good and was looking to be on the mend.

until one day he started not finishing his food. And then just picking at it now a month down the line. Though the was bored of the food so we switched his food about four times in the lasttwo months. As a few foods he reacted very badly too. Landed on another hydrolyzed protein. Wont touch it. For days. Will eat it if starving only. Switching to Farminia white fish. Same deal. Mixed with Zignature salmon wet food even.

His breakfast is grass he eats from the yard. Will take greenies and some of his favorite vegetables towards the evening but wants nothing in the morning. Making it very hard to get him to take his pills.

got blood work on him as well as urinalysis both of which are fine. Only condition he has going on is the chronic rashes and hair loss. We’re getting a skin culture done tommorow and getting into a vet derm in August.

anyone ever have a similar situation? I cooked him rice, Whiting fish and carrots for dinner tonight and all he wanted was the carrots. I’m at a loss with him. He’smy boy and I pour money into his health he just needs to eat for me.
Hi.

Poor man. :( It's heartbreaking seeing them suffer, isn't it?

Has he been to the vet since he stopped eating? If not, that would be my next port of call., especially given his medical problems.
 

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I'm sorry you're going through this. I was wondering if you've considered getting a wide range genetic disease/mutation panel test on him? Maybe some canine and vet discussed probiotics? Gut health is vital for digestion, and might be off due to all those medications. Worth a conversation. I know that sometimes when people have a lot of health issues like this it can be a disease or condition that's uncommon and the general practioner doesn't know/isn't familiar with it. Maybe a phone consult with a veterinary teaching school? I know its absolutely maddening and heartbreaking when you know they're sick and no one seems to have answers.
 
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