|Barked: Tue Dec 24, '13 5:07pm PST |
|We've been through this for the last... dunno, three or four years, with Terra. We thought it was food related allergies, but all the elimination diets we tried didn't result in anything. We had bloodwork run... tried numerous natural remedies, medication therapies, food additives, baths... Nothing worked.
I had her on a raw diet, barf diet, vet diet, novelty protein diet, grain free diet, vegetarian diet (I don't agree with it, but whatever worked, I didn't care). She went through multiple types of allergy meds, human meds that worked as allergy meds, etc. She saw her normal vet, and a canine dermotoligist.
The ONLY thing that has helped is moving.
We lived in a suburb here in Northern NV, and it wasn't until we moved into town that her itching got better. She would itch so bad that she'd be bleeding and had chronic staph infections on her skin. Baths didn't help, meds didn't help, foods didn't help.
Again, once we moved, she seemed to get better. We haven't seen a flare up since we've moved and the only thing that has changed since we moved is that she isn't around as much sage. It's entirely possible that your pup is showing an environmental allergy.
Anyways, my suggestion is to try new foods but write down EVERY SINGLE INGREDIENT that is in ANY food your dog eats. Our old dog was actually allergic to the the preservatives found in most people and animal foods. Do your research on shampoos... Green Tea is incredibly toxic to cats, and it's toxic to dogs as well. In the right dose, it's generally safe to use, and some dogs do just fine with it while others suffer serious liver/kidney issues from a single bath. If you have cats in the home, I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole in the off chance that they end up grooming your dog after a bath.
The key with trying new foods is to do them a minimum of two to three months. That's what was recommended by our vet, and after my own research, I have to concur with his suggestion. Often time raw Apple Cider Vinegar will help (look for products labeled 'unfiltered', 'raw', 'with the mother'. Braggs is a good brand), and it doesn't take much so it goes a long way.
If outside allergens are a concern, wipe your dog down with a damp towel every time they come in (this goes for ALL the animals both two and four legged) as the allergens can, and do, hitch a ride on everything. Limit outside exposure, and clean, clean, clean!
I don't know what I'm going to do if Terra pops up with more itchy problems when the seasons change again. The poor thing has been on one medication or another for the last two years to try and deal with the crazy itchiness and the injuries that resulted.
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