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Dog has severe allergies and is healing from a yeast infection in her right ear. She also just had her anal glands unclogged. She was taking:

Atopica (she's been on that a while)
Pepcid to offset upset stomach from Atopica
Metronidazole
Prednisone
Mometamax

She just finished taking Metronidazole and Prednisone. Still on the other 3. However, stools are still loose, discolored (yellowish brown), and she poops up to 3 times a day. She is also itching her butt again so I'm hoping the anal glands aren't clogged again. Should I ask the vet for some of the same medication or something else? Or could this be from the Mometamax? I'm beginning to wonder if this was even the proper medication. She sleeping more than usual and is less affectionate than normal so that tells me something is wrong. Thoughts?
 

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So, the mometamax should be for the ears - how many times a day and for how long? Atopica is junk IMO, tried it and all it did was make the dog sick. And what is it with prednisone, seems like vets are passing it out like candy.

Ever tried plain reactine or claritin?
 

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That is entirely too many meds IMO, and likely the cause. That's enough to upset anyone's bodily functions. I would slowly start getting off of all of that. If need be, try a zyrtec or clariton daily. We have one with allergy issues as well, and we give him bee pollen. It's a natural antihistamine and immune booster. Really, you are just dumping a ton of money in your vets pockets with all those meds, and lowering his immunity overall at the same time.
 

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That is entirely too many meds IMO, and likely the cause. That's enough to upset anyone's bodily functions. I would slowly start getting off of all of that. If need be, try a zyrtec or clariton daily. We have one with allergy issues as well, and we give him bee pollen. It's a natural antihistamine and immune booster. Really, you are just dumping a ton of money in your vets pockets with all those meds, and lowering his immunity overall at the same time.
Absolutely correct. And the worst part, even if you do food trials - with all those meds, you'll probably never figure out what's going on with the dog.

I'm amazed at how many dog owners are posting that their dog is allergic - or possibly allergic. Also shocked at the medications that are being dealt out.

Butterfly, realize that these meds are not a cure, it's just butter over effect. And Jean Dodds has been doing some incredible work into the internals of dogs - this is a worthy read.

Dr. Jean Dodds' Pet Health Resource Blog | Food Sensitivity vs. Food Allergy: Is It Not...
 

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For the glands try prunes, they are natural and have no side effects. I have used them for years for my hound. 1 sm 2 med 3 large dog. Use organic no sulfured prunes. Chop them up and add to the food 3 times a week. They will keep the glands clean so you won't have to. I would also try a food that is grain free and single protein like Zignature or Go sensitive and shine. Try a meat your dog has never eaten and try it for 3 months.
 

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Mometamax is 4 drops once a day for 21 days. We tried Claritin before Atopica and it didn't seem to work. Since being on Atopica she's had a fluffy tail. Before that she'd bite it (to the point she got a staff infection) and there was barely any hair it looked like a rat's tail. She also used to vomit a lot. Though I did switch her from chicken based food to lamb based food and that seemed to help. I will try prunes. Vet did suggest if I see improvement to take Atopica every other day instead of every day, I should go back to that.
 

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Mometamax is 4 drops once a day for 21 days. We tried Claritin before Atopica and it didn't seem to work. Since being on Atopica she's had a fluffy tail. Before that she'd bite it (to the point she got a staff infection) and there was barely any hair it looked like a rat's tail. She also used to vomit a lot. Though I did switch her from chicken based food to lamb based food and that seemed to help. I will try prunes. Vet did suggest if I see improvement to take Atopica every other day instead of every day, I should go back to that.
You should ask your vet about the mometamax - once a day, seven days max is what our vet says. And every online site that talks about the drug. it can cause ear damage.
 

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You should ask your vet about the mometamax - once a day, seven days max is what our vet says. And every online site that talks about the drug. it can cause ear damage.
Went to the vet yesterday. Lilly still has some yeast in her ear so we are going to finish the Mometamax for the 21 days and then switch to an ear cleaner we will use once every 4-6 weeks.
 

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Why your dop can get severe allergies and yeast infection? This is the real question.

can you modified their diet, a single protein? Pancreas and kidney test correct?

Cheers :)
 

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Why your dop can get severe allergies and yeast infection? This is the real question.

can you modified their diet, a single protein? Pancreas and kidney test correct?

Cheers :)
I think the allergies are probably genetic. The vet said yeast infections are secondary to allergies. Her diet is only limited ingredient lamb food. Her organs were tested.
 

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I think the allergies are probably genetic. The vet said yeast infections are secondary to allergies. Her diet is only limited ingredient lamb food. Her organs were tested.

She may not be able to tolerate lamb.

I went round for round with my boy and his anal glands, along with semi soft stool. I thought it was chicken so I cut that out, it got slightly better, but not completely.

I figured I'd try and completely different protein that he hadn't had before so I picked a salmon flavor food, only protein in it was salmon, and it was grain free. His treats were also salmon, he didn't get better, anal glands still playing up, stool still semi soft.

I then put him on a pork flavored food, once again single protein and grain free. I also started adding oat bran to his food, 1/4 teaspoon 2x a day. He did great, firm stool and no butt scooting. I added a rabbit, duck, pork flavored mix and he's still dong great. So far I've not had to get his anal glands expressed in 3 months which is a record for us, during the worst of it I ended up having them expressed once a month.

Recently I decided to try him on a beef flavored food again, it was single protein and grain free. A few days after starting to feed it to him he started the butt scooting and soft stool, I switched him back to the rabbit, duck, pork flavor and he's better no more butt scooting and no soft stool, I did not have to take him to the vet to have his glands expressed.

Keep trying your dog on single protein foods and see what he does best on. The oat bran that I give my boy helps bulk up the stool and firm it up, both helps keep the anal glands naturally expressed. The amount of oat bran depends on the size of the dog, my boy is 9.8 lbs.
 
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