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    Unhappy Very sever allergies, eating paws, open sores on nape of neck

    My 9 yr old GP has suffered through years of skin allergies. I have changed foods, taken to groomer once a month, no grain,home made raw food. Nothing helps. Please tell me what you do for this. I am currently feeding dehydrated chicken healthy kitchen and he hates it. What do I feed him now? I am tired of antibiotics and Prednisone . help

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    You can try to add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to his water and do apple cider vinegar baths. Basically you get him wet and then pour a 50/50 water apple cider vinegar mixture onto him and let him soak that up. If you can't stand the smell you can rinse it off in 10 minutes but, they say leaving it on helps more.

    Without knowing what he is allergic to it's hard to help. Most dogs with food allergies have them thanks to the common proteins, chicken, beef, lamb. Maybe you should consider fish instead it's high in omega 3's and 6's depending on the type of fish. I do know that being in California myself seasonal allergies play a huge part of Missy's itchiness. So during the season of blossoms I give her one benadryl a day. I also have her on the Missing Link Skin and Coat but, if he has food allergies you might want to avoid that.

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    Many allergy dogs have environmental allergies in addition to food allergies. There is a test that you can do for food allergies I think. I forgot the name of it, it was mentioned on the boards some time back. That one is apparently superior to the other allergy tests out there. Many someone can help out and post the name again.

    Like Tsuni said, for environmental allergies you can try to home remedy by giving benadryl to alleviate symptoms. I've also heard of owners putting the dogs in full length clothing during pollen season to go outside to minimize skin contact as some dogs are very very allergic. The only other option is to go to a specialist and get allergy shots.

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    Jack has trouble with pine pollen. he will get open sores where he lays on the ground. I use cortisone 10 spray, cortisone cream and Benadryl all at the same time. I see you are in California. what's pollinating right now? you have had a stretch of really warm weather. we also had to work thru the food allergy issue. I keep Jack indoors as much as he will let me during those times. hope this helps. I know they are miserable.

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    Well I'm sorry to hear about your dogs allergy troubles. I had the same thing happening, but finally found a solution. First I changed her diet to Wellness Core Ocean Formula. It is the only one that I found that has no chicken in it. Chicken is a major allergen for dogs. Most brands may say fish formula, but they usually use chicken fat or other chicken products. Wellness is the only one that doesn't have it. It is a bit pricey, but keep in mind that since it is high in protein, they eat a lot less of it. The next thing was the vet shaved her down completely and bathed her in medicated shampoo MiconaHex+Triz. I would wet her hair and apply it and leave it on for 10 minutes then rinse. Finally, I would lime dip her. I had to repeat this about 3 times. This is the only thing that worked. It was my Australian shepherd, and she had multiple hotspots constantly. My poor baby. It was terrible. I hope this helps

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    I was going to say eliminate chicken also. Processed chicken has become a huge allergen for dogs. Castor and Pollux make. A grain free ,poultry free food that worked great for our Cane Corso that was allergic to everything. Blue Buffalo Blue Basics limited Indgrediant is another .

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    My male pyr is allergic to any commercial food or treats as such he eats human food sans the salt, sauce..we do home cooking.
    Try to isolate the cause, it's a long process but u do address the cause; rather than just treat the clinical symptoms (save $ in long run).
    Easiest to rule out; in order is 1.Flea allergy 2. Mange 3. Food 4. Contact and the hardest 5. air (pollen) 6. psychological.

    To give an example, a cat we rescued had massive itchiness. In short, we tried everything (and after vet bills more than my entire "zoo"). As a last resort we put him in our friend's house for 2 months in a drastic move. He blossomed & concluded it was my animals and his private sleeping room he's now back with us and is as beautiful as a half Persian can be (he had short hair when we adopted him so we didnt know his pedigree). He now has his own sleeping quarters...that was the cure.
    Last edited by pyr haven; 11-14-2016 at 06:16 PM. Reason: my pyr doesnt eat human

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    Our guy has had allergies since we adopted him. With his foster family he had no signs or issues and we have kept him on the same diet but he still would chew randomly, i suspect it is environmental but no proof. We tried baths, skin treatments, steroids and nothing worked or at least was healthy enough to work full time. Two months back I finally decided to try apoquel and it has worked amazingly. He stopped chewing within 2 days and hasn't gone back, even when we miss a day. It is expensive but at this point well worth it for us. Best of luck

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    I'm so sorry you and your pup are going through this! Our lab had very bad allergies. So bad she nearly chewed off all the webbing between her toes and she had hot spots from licking. We did tests and nothing came back conclusive. Vet had her on meds that didn't work and wanted to do a prescription diet, the whole 9 yards.

    We ended up switching to raw food, using Benedryl, and wiping her down with diluted povidone iodine. It's non toxic. We diluted it until it looked like weak tea and wiped her hot spots and paws 2-3 times a day. What happens often is their licking/chewing of allergy areas opens the skin up to secondary nasty things which in turn makes the itching and their condition worse. If you can keep bacteria and the irritation that brings away with the iodine it may allow the medicine to address the allergies.

    Our Pyr Ahsoka gets seasonal allergies in the fall, but they aren't nearly as bad as our lab's were. At first she scratched her muzzle up pretty good itching but we've figured her out. She's just a paw wipe down and Benedryl dose away from happiness so it's pretty simple.

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    I'm sorry to hear this, but I have been through the same thing. The most common allergens in dogs are actually the proteins they eat. Mine was allergic to chicken and I switched to salmon. This worked for a little over a year, but then I had to switch to lamb. Many people believe it is the grains when, in actuality, it is the protein. I love Nutro limited ingredient food. I hope this helps.

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