|Barked: Thu Mar 29, '12 1:28pm PST |
|Hi. I don't know how much changing Skye's diet will help, or even if she really does have an allergy problem. However, I just wanted to make sure you knew that food changes are supposed to be given 8 weeks to "work" until you give up on them. I have been battling paw licking with Joey for several years now, and I made the mistake of trying things for a short while and then dropping them if they didn't work. SO - some things, particularly food, take a while to work, if they're going to work at all.
I haven't heard of a blanket "allergic to animal proteins" thing, so I don't know if feeding vegetarian is really the way to go. I'd be tempted to try a very simple meat or fish diet that contains a food that Skye had never before eaten.
In any case, I wish you luck. Skye and her sister are beauties, and it's sad to hear she's having problems. My former female husky (a red one, and Skye's motto was her motto, too) became a bit incontinent, too, but Proin worked for her. Maybe the dosage is just not high enough for Skye, or it needs to be given at different times. As to the other problems, I haven't a clue, and I wish you luck. If you can afford it, I would seek out a specialist or vet teaching facility or something at this point. It must be so frustrating to deal with this day in and day out. The nasal problem doesn't sound like allergies, but with my dog, changing his diet for 8 weeks (pretty basic canned food, no probiotics or extra stuff) and a good dose of tavist seems to be helping him.
Skye doesn't have a bad tooth, does she? The teeth are so close to eyes and nose...
Just my 2 cents. Good luck. Poor Skye.
Edited by author Thu Mar 29, '12 1:35pm PST
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