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Allergy?

 

    I have an English Bulldog who is 8 years old.  His name is Rocky. Rocky has alopecia, extremely pink all over. He's got scabs on his back hind legs. His ears are dark pink around the edges, looks like a burn color. He's got the big sores in between in toes.  We took him to the vet twice. The first vet told us it was more than likely a food allergy. Being allergic to Beef, dairy, and grains. So we put him on a vetrinary prescribed diet for the recommended time. He was also put on an antibiotic. It seemed to start helping but was short lived. Took him to another vet, who still claimed food allergy. Switched him to another food. He seems to only be getting worse. He also has a big pinkish red spot on his chin. Can someone please help me?

 

                                                                       Thank you

                                                                 Stephanie Lapinski

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Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

What exactly are you feeding him?

Usually the vet prescribed diets are awful, full of fillers and junk.  What you need is a good quality grain free food.  We are presently using Natural Balance duck/sweet potato and our guys are doing great on it.  If I so much as give them a treat with grain in it (even oatmeal), they get gunky tails and ears.  So you have to be careful of everything you give him.  I would also supplement with fish oil.  Start out with one capsule per day (I believe they are 1000 mg) and work up to two or three.

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Also...

there are a lot of good grain free foods as well as Natural Balance, just try to find a protein source that is 25% or less.  Usually the duck or fish is good.  We haven't had much luck with some of the odder proteins like venison and kangaroo.

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Re allergy

Thanks Kathy will try :)

 

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kibby5's picture

Have you done an allergy test? I had the same issues...

And I couldn't stand testing, waiting, seeing, buying new food all the time, back and forth to the vet and worst of all jut wondering what keeps causing the reactions! So I did a food allergy test on Kibby and itturned out she was allergic to tomatoes, bananas, yeast, wheat, shellfish, green beans, yams, beef, pork, and a couple of other things.. But they also give u a list of dog foods and treats that r ok after too... U would be surprised how hard it is to find dog food without yams or tomatoes in it nowadays! So far so good, worth the 200 bucks!

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I strongly agree with Kathy.

Get that dog off the vet stuff and get him/her on a good grain free feed. You can find grain free everywhere just about now, just make sure it is by a good company. I would try Natural Balance, Taste of the Wild, or something close along those lines. Most vets are NOT nutritionists and have no idea what they are telling you about allergies. They sell certain foods becasue they get money for doing it.

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Maggie Porkchop and Bubba's picture

Now I wonder

Our girl, who other than being spayed and yearly exams, has never had any problems. She is now 8 years old. Within the past 2 months she has had yeast infections in her ears and an infection between 2 toes. The first yeast infection cleared with medications. The first foot infection cleared with an antibiotic and cleaning the area twice each day with hydrogen peroxide follwed by Gent Spray to the area. The vet thought the foot infection was caused by an injury to the area between the 2 toes. Porkie does kick, kick, kick after she poops or pees.

Five days ago I had her back at the vet with the same area between her toes infected and the yeast infection back in her ears. He gave her an antibiotic again (Cipro 750mg daily for 10 days) plus twice daily cleaning routine and an oral antifungal for 20 days plus the usual topical treatment for her ears.

After all these years could she now become allergic to the dog food she has done very well with for the last 5 years or so? She eats Purina One Lamb and Rice and has been as healthy as the proverbial horse.

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Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

Very possible she's developed an allergy to her food...

lamb can be an allergen as well as rice.  I know that I myself have developed allergies to things that I used to be able to eat.  Try switching her to a grain free duck or salmon food and see if it helps.

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Allergy

Thank you! I'll shop tomorrow and start the transition. It definitely couldn't hurt to make a change.

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