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ANOTHER food trial for yeasty paws and ears!! Here goes!!

Poor Meaty and his chronic, interdigital cysts and yeasty ears!  I've been doing TONS of food/ allergy

research and decided to try him on Fromm's......many, many bully owners are RAVING about it.  We've tried many foods through his short life, and none have ever helped.  Today his chin is also really red---a flare-up maybe because of the change of seasons???  ....

Also, I can't watch him suffer anymore with the ear infections---pain/swelling/ MANY trips to the vet....Tired of him being on antibiotic pills, ear drops, laser treatments, and sometimes, short-term Prednisone and the last one that was REALLY bad, they even gave him pain pills (Tramadol)....poor little guy!!! .  We're now doing natural flushes with 3 parts water to 1 part white vinegar once a week to PREVENT the infections.   


Since Meaty's paws are extremely "corn chip" smelling and swollen today, we're going to do Rick's (BaRett's) recipe that he uses on Gizmo for "pickling" her toes!  Maybeeee, just mayyyybeeee this new food will clear up the paw problem, but I realize it could be other allergens or issues.....we'll see! 

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Thank goodness, wittle Sophie hasn't had ear/ paw issues....starting her on this supposedly GREAT kibble will keep her that way!  :-)  ...

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The store where I bought the Fromm's also sells RAW, (it's in their freezer) which I've been thinking about, too, since I know many of your bullies have done SO well on it!.....I learned a lot at online and at this store, but I was also a bit overwhelmed!   I just don't want our sweet Meaty on antibiotics and Prednisone that just MASK the symptoms, but don't get to the CAUSE!  Poor guy has been licking his paws obsessively lately....breaks our hearts!  :-( 

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Our sweet Archimedes "MEATY" Bones (or as we say...boneSHHH!)    ---born 11/28/08---- our first bullllyyyy!!!

And  SOPHIE  Bubbles *Rapscallion*   (LOL!) ---born 4/3/11----our second bulllllyyyy!!!!  

Sophie's very first day home with us....awwww........May 2011.......tooo sweet for words!!!

Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

Allergies are so frustrating...

years ago our Oscar was allergic to bermuda grass and every spring when it germinated, he would be miserable, scratching himself bloody.  Hope you find some relief for your boy.

Good luck Meaty ! ! !

We have had great sucess with the pickling -

1 part Apple Cider Vinegar

1 part Hydrogen Peroxide

2-3 parts water

-  We soak 1 paw at a time and I work it inbetween her toes, and up her legs a good 3-4 inches - and Clean all of her bedding.  If you are vigilant and its only a yeast infection, this should help him .

As I was told, its a yeast colony, and you need to kill the colony, so make sure if he sleeps in a crate or on his pillow/bed whatever, that they are cleaned too :)

Good luck ! ! !

You said you have tried different foods,  have you tried different protien sources?  MOST pet foods are Chicken Based (read the ingredients carefully, ALMOST all of BlueBuffalo has chicken in it, EXCEPT the Salmon based -  right now we have them on the  Salmon and Potatoe 'Basics'  limited ingredients.

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Chicken

I've heard is a common trigger and many dogs seem to be allergic to chicken.

I'm so thankful I have NO allergy or yeasty problems. 

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Thanks for the info...vet put him on SALMON food a long

time ago...(oh, and I should say this vet is VERY bully knowledgeable!), he wanted Meaty on either "Taste of the Wild " or Purina Pure Selects SALMON.......They've been on the Purina for quite a while, and, like I said, I realize Meaty's cysts and ear issues may NOT be from food---but still thought we'd try them on "Fromm" just to see if it helps anything....

we shall seeee!!!

Rick, thank you for the reminder to also wash his bedding!!!  We are gonna "pickle" his toes tonight while washing his bed in hot, hot water!!!!!!  :-) 

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Our sweet Archimedes "MEATY" Bones (or as we say...boneSHHH!)    ---born 11/28/08---- our first bullllyyyy!!!

And  SOPHIE  Bubbles *Rapscallion*   (LOL!) ---born 4/3/11----our second bulllllyyyy!!!!  

Sophie's very first day home with us....awwww........May 2011.......tooo sweet for words!!!

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Fromm & Salmon

I've heard good things about Fromm...but it's like any food, you have to find what works for your dog.

Salmon doesn't work for all either.  My Ester got a horrible staph infection being on TOTW Salmon after 3 weeks, $500 bucks later, yanked her off that food and withing 6 weeks she was all good again.  We gave her Convenia shots, I was in the middle of show season and her hair started falling out in spots, couln't have that.  I do give her some Salmon Oil, but if I give her too much, she'll vomit in the middle of the night.

IMO Salmon is rich and not all dogs can tolerate it.

Sorry you are having such horrible allergy issues...are your 2 related?

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Poor Ester! What do you feed her now? Also,

no, Meaty and Sophie aren't related.....

Thanks for the info....now I need to google what a "covenia shot" is....

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Our sweet Archimedes "MEATY" Bones (or as we say...boneSHHH!)    ---born 11/28/08---- our first bullllyyyy!!!

And  SOPHIE  Bubbles *Rapscallion*   (LOL!) ---born 4/3/11----our second bulllllyyyy!!!!  

Sophie's very first day home with us....awwww........May 2011.......tooo sweet for words!!!

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I feed raw now

they haven't been on kibble in 2 years.  She has a gorgeous coat, always has, even on kibble, except for the TOTW problem.  10 weeks after her litter at a show I had 2 breeder judges comment on the fact that she had the best coat they had felt all day (80 entries).  Usually bitches blow their coats after puppies, she did shed some...but didn't blow it.  Her and MacKenzie always have the most gorgeous coats.  He white around her neck and head is just as soft as a squishey. 

3rd switch for Gracie - finally success!

She has has the exact same issues as you - and her chin has been horrible.  Her ears were all scabbed inside from scratching so badly.  and she was constantly scraping her bum on the carpet.  She was on Natures Variet Instint Chicken and I switched her to the Natures Variety Instinct limited ingredient lamb kibble. OMG - I couldn't believe how well it has worked.  It's only been 2 weeks and her chin is better.  No more redness.  Her coat is feeling better too. And I noticed she is not shedding as much.  I have tried 3 different foods and this one finally seems to be working for her.  I think she was having issues with the chicken ingredient.  I hope you find something that works!!

 

 

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Wow---so happy for Gracie!! I *almost* got the Nature's

Variety......I read GREAT things about it, also!  If the FROMM's doesn't do the trick, I will try the Nature'a Variety **OR** maybe it'll be time to get him tested for what EXACTLY he's allergic to!   I'm so happy Gracie is better----!!  

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Our sweet Archimedes "MEATY" Bones (or as we say...boneSHHH!)    ---born 11/28/08---- our first bullllyyyy!!!

And  SOPHIE  Bubbles *Rapscallion*   (LOL!) ---born 4/3/11----our second bulllllyyyy!!!!  

Sophie's very first day home with us....awwww........May 2011.......tooo sweet for words!!!

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Kibbys on her 4th food!

I couldn't take it anymore so I finally broke down nd had her take the allergy tests! She started with science diet, to natural balance, wellness,mature variety salmon was good for a while... Then finally after taking the allergy tests , they give a list of foods that she can have... Now she's on California natural senior chicken and rice... 

Everything seems ok, but now her eyes are swelling up, I think she got stung by something... Please see my next posts. Let me know if u want to see a copy of the allergy tests, it's not conclusive , but it's better thn spending all this money on food, waiting and seeing.. 

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Deb and MacKenzie and Ester's picture

So what protein

sources did she test high in?  How long has she been on the Chicken and Rice before you noticed eyes swelling.  Chicken is a protein source which is a known and common allergen trigger.  Interesting.

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She tested high in beef and pork! Shellfish , which is a lot of

Glucosamine pills.. I totally didnt know that until someone on the board told me. Rabbit, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, spinach, green beans, yeast, wheat, barley, bananas, and peanuts! Crazy, huh... You wouldn't believe how hard it is o ind dog food with no sweet potatoes, tomatoes, or barley in it! He has been on the chicken and rice for probably close to a year now... But she seems to be losing some weight, so they also listed acana senior which is hella expensive but has more natural ingredients... California natural senior has like just chikn and rice and then all the added vitamins in it, so I wonder if it's better to have her get vitamins from real ingredients instead? Not many places carry the acana senior so I have o special order it! 

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We switched to raw because of similar issues

And the improvement was almost immediate. Audrey went from chrinic ongoing ear infections to NEVER again. She will be 4 in a few weeks and she has not had another ear infection since we switched her to raw at one year old. Her face stopped smelling like corn chips too. 

Audrey is allergic to chicken, corn and wheat. BUT since switching to raw, we have discovered that she is also allergic to preservatives in processed foods. Even simple single ingredient dehydrated or freeze dried food is preserved, and she can not tolerate it. Things like glucosamine tablets, treats, all of it has some sort of preservative/chemical in it and they make her itch insanely. 

I would HIGHLY recommend raw for a dog that is having chronic issues that multiple food trials are not resolving. Or home cooked. It may not be the protein AT ALL, in fact there is a stronger possibility it is NOT the protein but one of the other fillers/additives they are allergic too. 

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