with Fred... The allergies are back, he was doing great on the Benadryl, but he is now chewing his paws so much.. Poor guy... Switched his food, I know it takes a good 6 months, I just feel so bad for him!
If you changed to a grain feed, you should have some sort of relief. Are you all the way off the old food? Your boy shouldn't be itching so badly if you are off the old and on a grain free....but you may have to try something else fairly soon to help. How long ago did you change food?
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the switching period. at the very end. he is probably still getting a little bit of the old food. They put him back on the same meds. It's just his feet that is the problem, everything else looks great - ears are clear, his rope looks great.. it's just those 2 front paws. and I did want to make him my stud dog, but I know that is not going to happen now. that's not fair. so maybe after the holidays we will get him fixed.... :( poor guy! The vet told me to still give him the Benadryl!! ahhhh the joys of owning bulldogs!!! Love them
I would get him completely onto the new food. Get him off all other items...like snacks, treats, etc. Nothing but the new food. Also, have you recently shampooed, cleaned carpets, hard wood, etc? Changed cleaning products in any manner at all? Used a chemical like bleach or similar to sterilize anything? Carpet Fresh? Anything at all that he could have come into contact with on just his feet? You need to think about anything and everything you may have changed in your household that he is getting into. Usually, allergies will show up in more than feet. He would be licking the front of his legs, rubbing his face or ears, etc.
Good luck! Thanks for making the choice to not breed the allergies into a litter of babies that someone else will have to deal with for a lifetime. It can be so costly and frustrating!
for your help... My older dog, has the same issues as Fred. not as bad though.. paws and the ears - that's why I changed their food.. We haven't used anything "new" in the house as far as products.... I keep going through all that in my head - that is why I was thinking it had to be the food - I switched to grain free, salmon and sweet Potato! My pup is 9 months old and she has not had any of these problems (knock on wood) - but she is still on the puppy food! Keeping my fingers crossed she stays well and it was the food... It is a bad allergy season... thanks again
I stopped the dog treats too! I give them tiny pieces of apple or baby carrots as a treat now... The vet told me that was okay... They are not thrilled with that, but they take it and eat it.... (just like my kids, they would rather have a piece of candy!) LOL
They are her favorite:-) She is funny...the one thing she is allergic to is potatoes. Particularly the ones in the grain free foods! She can't have grain free, it makes her allergy go crazy! She also can't even eat one single potato chip or she gags and hacks and coughs up white foam for hours. Poor girl, but at least she is okay on regular, non-grain-free food!
all of your help... it's like trial and error with these guys! My last bulldog Tank did not have one problem (and it's crazy because the breeder got arrested for running a puppy mill in his house years later). so he was totally not a high quality bully, we also had a Rottweiler at the time and every single night she would clean him from head to toe - when she died, he started to get skin infections and ear infections... We got another dog and it all cleared up - could have been a little depression....
Thanks again for everything.....
switching to a salmon and sweet potato sounds like a good idea. Our bully had redness inbetween his toes and when we took him to the vet for un unrelated issue they mentioned the redness. we had him on a completely grain free food but with chicken and within 1 week and switching him to a fish based grain free food the redness was completley gone. chicken is quite high in allergens to dogs.
for all your help... The old food is now gone and they are getting all Salmon/sweet potato. Of course he is still on the meds, so the real test will be next week when they are all gone....