|Barked: Fri Mar 1, '13 9:26am PST |
My name is Beth and I'm a newbie here. My two dogs have been developing issues with food since last summer. At the time, I thought that maybe they were eating grass when they picked up their toys outside when playing (we do not use any pesticides or fertilizers) and really thought little of it. However, they were reverse sneezing, itching, vomiting, and shedding, even back then. Then, in September, my husband has to take over their care and feeding a bot more. I had had foot surgery for dropping a 40 lb. rock on my foot, breaking a fusion from an old break and has to be in a cast from Sept. - Nov. Before the cast was off I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Thus, I haven't been as "hands on" as I normally would have been, but my husband noticed the same things- only that they were increasing. Both my dogs, an approximately, 6-year-old Redbone Hound-Lab mix and a 2-year-old, Black Lab/Golden Retriever mix developed even worse cases of "reverse sneezing", long with itching, shedding, and flatulence, lots of flatulence. This was around the first of December, 2012. At the time, they were fed exclusively Blue Wilderness Duck and/or Chicken Dry. I gave them plain yogurt to try to curb the flatulence but it only did so much. We switched to Chicken exclusively but it made no difference. Our vet, a dear friend made a house call in early January, saidthat they were in good health, albeit the Lab/retriever was at the upper end of "normal" weight. He suggested that we try the Weight Control version, because it had a lower fat content, which we did. It curbed the flatulence quite a bit, but the itching, and the reverse sneezing are now worse, for which he suggested benydryl. Now, they are also occasionally vomiting immediately after eating, which could be too much play afterward or a number of things. Yet, the sounds from their stomach are becoming more and more ominous! I would consider a raw food diet or nearly anything, but I am immuno-comprimised and even though I do not touch their food and am very careful with my post-chemo-hygiene, especially around them. No licking me, or anything where they might injest from my skin. This all started long before chemo, anyway.
Can anyone suggest what to do? The reverse sneezing is horrible and getting worse - plus both are equally affected. Another dog food? What about refrigerated foods? I hate to burden my husband with special prepped food for them on top of my sometimes bizarre, chemo-driven tastes.
Thanks in advance for any help that you can offer. BTW, we need to make a dog-food run really soon!
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