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Old 11-08-2012, 04:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this, but I have a question about my standard poo, Bentley, and he is almost 7 months old. Poor guy has been having allgery problems for about 3 months now; I was feeding Diamond Puppy food, then changed to Blue Wilderness Puppy. Both contain Chicken as main protein source.
Any suggestions on what food to feed? He literally chews himself raw. I was told to give him benedryl, but all he wants to do is sleep. I read earlier someone suggested claritin, so I am going to try that.
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I would give him a bath and add apple cider vinager to the water. Keep the water as cool as you dare.

Then I would take him off of all dogfood. I would feed him a all raw diet. I would want to see if that would make a differance. If you can't do the raw diet. I would switch to a lamb instead of chicken food. I had a shih tuz that did best on Blue Bufflo lamb. Before the switch, he had to get a shot every few months, he finally was able to not take the shots.

So sorry, I know how hard this is to deal with. But I have heard over and over that a raw diet was the cure...
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Allergies are a pain. We've had the best luck with a fish-based food as far as itchiness goes. Chicken and beef are the most common meat protein allergens for dogs, so definitely something that isn't either of those. And I'm not sure where you are located, but where I'm at (Southeastern US), it is allergy season at it's best right now, and all the dogs (and me) are itchy and have runny eyes just because of the weather, so take that into consideration.

I second raw, however, if you are comfortable with it. It takes some getting used to, but isn't nearly as difficult as I once thought it was.
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I agree to try the fish base foods too. I did not know about them or the raw when I was dealing with my shih tuz. I had him at the vets every few months and not once did he say, try a differant food. I was at petsmart looking for food and heard a woman complain because she could only feed lamb because her dog was so itchy... I tried it because of her comment and it helped so much.
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My mini also started getting extremely itchy very young. I took him off ALL chicken foods/treats and it helped a lot, although not completely. You have to really read the labels closely though becasue a lot of "lamb and rice" foods also contain chicken.

My vet and I believe that Jäger has both food allergies and environmental allergies. Now that he is off chicken, his itchy episodes come and go. He is on a daily antihistamine and fish oil, which helps. More than one antihistamine is available for dogs, but ask your vet which ones are safe (and work) and what the dosage is for your dog. Jäger did not respond much to diphenhydramine (Benadryl), but a different one works well for him.
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Have you considered contact allergies? I had a Cairn puppy that at three months was allergic to everything,including grass,pollen, red ants, dust mites and on and on! The worst was dust mites and grass....dust mites are in everything fabric in the house! Beds,sofas,carpeting,etc! Everytime I took her outside & let her play in the grass she would end up with a red itchy tummy and paws! That was the reason I took her to the Animal Dermatology Clinic...it was pricey but soooo worth it! I was given a powder for the dust mites that I had to literally sprinkle EVERYWHERE! Then I had to vacuum & damp mop everyday! The mite treatment took 2weeks to do. But I still had to vacuum everyday to keep it under control! I also had to wipe her down after every excursion outside,so the baby wipes stayed next to the front door. I also gave her Benedryl, it doesn't work for all dogs, but it did for her. The normal dose is 1mg. per pound of body weight, but for her it was doubled to 2mg. It was given 3x a day at first then dropped to twice a day. I had to do this all, or listen to her scratching all night! The bonus was that we never had to resort to steroids(Prednisone) and she lived a much happier life!
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Hi MaryEdwards,

My Louie used to have itching problems until my vet recommended "ResiCORT" leave-on lotion. I bought it on Amazon:

Amazon.com: ResiCORT Leave-On Conditioner (16oz): Pet Supplies Amazon.com: ResiCORT Leave-On Conditioner (16oz): Pet Supplies

Wow---what a help! Louie does not itch any longer. After a bath, you rub in the lotion and leave it on. You have to use quite a bit the very first application, but after that, you use less and less of the product. Louie loves to be massaged, and enjoys having ResiCort applied. I bathe him several times each month, but mostly, this is because he gets really dirty on our ranch and starts to itch if the ResiCORT is not applied consistently. For us, this product worked a lot better than switching food and allergy testing.

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Thanks to all of you for posting your suggestions so quickly. I was desperate, so I went to Pet Smart before I read any replies and bought Innova Prime Grain Free Salmon and Herring. Silly boy has always liked the cat's food better than his anyway. They also had a hot spot spray that has Hydorcloride, Hydrocortisone, and Benzethonium Chloride. I haven't talked to the vet as far as trying him on claritin, and I will call this AM. I feel so sorry Bentley, he's such a good pup and he is so miserable. He had blood on his muzzle from chewing himself. Again, thanks and I will follow up on the other suggestions.
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Thanks to all of you for posting your suggestions so quickly. I was desperate, so I went to Pet Smart before I read any replies and bought Innova Prime Grain Free Salmon and Herring. Silly boy has always liked the cat's food better than his anyway. They also had a hot spot spray that has Hydorcloride, Hydrocortisone, and Benzethonium Chloride. I haven't talked to the vet as far as trying him on claritin, and I will call this AM. I feel so sorry Bentley, he's such a good pup and he is so miserable. He had blood on his muzzle from chewing himself. Again, thanks and I will follow up on the other suggestions.
It cannot hurt to try him on this food, but his allergies might not be food allergies. If he is allergic to say, grass or trees, changing the food won't help.

I will say that it gave me pause when you said he had blood on his muzzle from chewing himself. It sounds as if his allergies are severe. :( I would not use an OTC spray on an open wound, so I think it might be time to see the vet. Depending on the severity of the wound, it might need to be clipped, disinfected and bandaged to prevent infection. He might also be able to give him something short term to relief the itching while you figure out a plan of attack for the allergies.

Allergy testing and allergy shots (immunotherapy) are available and typically work, although very expensive. Do you have pet insurance? I have heard great things about immunotherapy. I believe you will need to see a veterinary dermatologist for this.
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