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Old 05-04-2014, 12:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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It's been a while since I've posted, so any advice is appreciated! I have a yr old blue fawn, who has always had skin issues. About a month ago, she had pustule bumps on her back, that we're filled with green pus...Nothing underside, only her back....went to vet, said bacterial infection, bought medicated shampoo and some antibiotics...it cleared up....about 2 weeks ago, she has been chewing on her paws until they almost bleed (she did this when we first got her, but she stopped). We gave her an oatmeal and Tee Tree oil bath, supposed to help for skin itching, along with her medicated soap..her bumps were much more red and she was scratching like crazy right after...We switched her from TOTW to Acana Pacifica about 2-3 weeks ago, thinking it would help, but it seems to have made her worse! She gets 2 Benadryl tabs twice a day too, she is 60lbs. I feel like we've done everything but pay the huge expense of an allergy test for her. I read Coconut oil and bee pollen, but have not tried it. Oh, and an Omega 3 fish oil tab daily....Suggestions??????
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Old 05-04-2014, 12:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
 

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Also, she is on Revolution, so have never had any flea issues....
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Old 05-04-2014, 02:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yikes sounds awful!! I would STOP the flea treatments-- those are terrible for a dogs skin!! It's literally poison. what do you wash her bedding and such in? I'd wash it with just hot water, DAWN dish soap and vinegar. Her allergies could be environmental not necessary food related. I'd keep her on the Acana and that is IT-- no treats unless its just the kibble. Gotta pin point her allergies so you want to keep her on the same food. She could have grass allergies. A trainer friend of mine has a dog with bad allergies and she does the Benadryl daily, and she said you want to wash her with DAWN dish soap because it will pull all the junk off of her skin. It might be dry afterward since it pulls the oils off too.

She also said to start off giving 1000 mg of fish oil a day for a week and then increase to 2000 mg of fish oil.

Do you have carpet or wood floors? Does she spend a lot of time outside? There are a lot better options for flea preventative than using the poisons.
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Old 05-04-2014, 04:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Need more advice-skin issues

I'm all for revolution it helps with lots of things but until you know what she is allergic too you may want to only have one source of food and so you can all things back. Poison is better than mange and fleas in my book lol

Your dog could be allergic to the potatoes in the Acana. I know a lot of dogs who have potato allergies. Bee pollen is awesome for seasonal allergies if that's what you think they are. Does Benadryl or Zyrtec help at all? Sorry you're going though this it really is a pain trying to figure out what the allergies are food or environmental but it is worth it in the end. Give your dog. 6 weeks to show signs of allergies after you change or add something to the diet. It may take that long to show with the switch. Sometimes they show improvements and then it's worse than when you started. It's a long process and the $600 or so cost of the allergy tests just buys you time. With patience you can figure out Rhys bothering your pup. Keep a journal and wrote down symptoms, including weather and pollen counts to compare over time and see how it goes. Good luck!


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Old 05-05-2014, 03:40 AM   #6 (permalink)
 

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Yes, she had mange when we first got her as a pup, went through full treatment with vet...That was almost a year ago. When this all first started, with bumps on her back, we got the scrape...negative, but that's when vet told us it was bacterial...Got meds & prescription shampoo, bacteria gone....We took her to vet again, got antibiotics, but it doesn't look like bacteria again ( different look of bumps on belly and under arms) ...but had a mange scrape just in case...negative. Thanks everyone for your help...My poor girl. And no, I don't think the Benadryl is helping, she gets it twice a day. Will keep her on Acana for a while and see.....thx!
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Old 05-05-2014, 03:42 AM   #7 (permalink)
 

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She goes outside to go to bathroom and play. Hubby thinks she is allergic to grass..We have wood floors, no carpets. Will increase the fish oil...thx!
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Old 05-05-2014, 03:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
 

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Where to get bee pollen? I read another thread, but forgot where..... I asked PetSmart clerk, he looked at me like I was crazy LOL
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Old 06-15-2015, 11:57 PM   #9 (permalink)
 

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I'm going through the same issue with my pitbull, 10 months and started developing the same symptoms. I have had friends with the same issue with there pitbulls. they say it's the high protien in these types of foods, like orijin and acana. and that causes the reaction on there skin. try switching to a low protein food. also any suggestions for probiotics? I heard taking those daily helps too.
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My dog did so much better with a grain free Acana diet, it's usually grains or other fillers lower quality foods that I find to be the culprit.

And so sorry didn't see the question. I searched online for local suppliers and people who sell honey and bee pollen. You can get it at health food stores or other places online that sell honey. As long as it's harvested within 50 or so miles of where you live it should work for environmental allergies.
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