Nutriscan test, Vet doesn't trust results, Help?
My 4.5 month old male puppy has been itchy & had runny poops since the day he came home from the breeder. We initially did a mite treatment (still itchy after 4 weeks of treatment), then skin biopsy to check for any skin diseases (negative for everything on panel). Benadryl, zyrtec didn't work to control itching (itched several raw spots in arm pits and belly), prescription shampoo helped a bit to sooth his skin, but would itch again the next day. Prednisone stopped itching, but was very hard on him and us with the need to pee all the time (made house training nearly impossible). Switched to cyclosporine which helped, but he still itches some. We make him wear a shirt to heal the raw spots, but this is like the hottest summer ever in Utah and the poor guy is just hot in the shirt (plus he is growing so fast I have to keep buying bigger shirts all the time).
He was on Kirkland Adult Salmon & Sweet Potato food from breeder. We switched him to Blue Buffalo large breed puppy chicken and rice. Since he itched through both foods, had big eye goobers, and had runny stools. I compared all the ingredients and consulted with Vet and decided to eliminate anything both foods had in common (chicken, salmon, sweet potato, potato, flaxseed, peas) and switched him to Natures Variety Raw Instinct Venison & Lamb. I also ordered a nutriscan test after reading about in on this forum. Poops became firmer since switch to nature's variety, still itching and some eye goobers.
We received the nutriscan tests over the weekend. He had high reactivity to Salmon, chicken, pork, eggs, quinoa and rice. Medium reactivity to Barley, millet, oatmeal, peanuts, potato, rabbit. Weak reactivity to corn, milk, turkey, venison, white fish, sweet potato. The only negative reactivity items on the panel were beef & lamb.
I sent the results to our Vet, but since it was a holiday weekend he didn't respond until today. I made the executive decision based on the nutriscan results to get rid of everything that the puppy showed any reactivity to and go with only lamb and beef food and treats (some of the food and treats have items not tested for in the nutriscan panel like alfalfa, tomatoes, berries, etc). I found a diet limited ingredient Nature Variety Lamb with alfalfa. I also found Merrick canned beef and lamb food that I thought I could supplement the dry food with because a growing puppy seems to need more than the diet dog food.
Our Vet called me today and said he had consulted with a dermatologist and they both think the nutriscan test is bogus. He wants us to go back on a venison based diet with potato. Stay on that for 6 weeks with cyclosporine and then if he is still itchy go in for skin tests.
I'm at a loss of what to do. I really like our Vet. We used him with our previous dog that passed away last year (he saw us through a ruptured disc back surgery and bone cancer on the previous dog), but I wouldn't say he is cutting edge or out of the box. I kind of want to go with a diet based on the nutriscan results for six weeks and see if it helps, but going against the advice of people with actual veterinary degrees doesn't seem good either. I'm leaning toward a second opinion, however Utah doesn't have many specialists so I'm not sure I can find another dermatologist Vet besides the person our regular vet is already consulting with.
Any help, ideas or feedback. I just want our puppy to feel better and get to be a puppy.
Last edited by Oliver'smom; 09-04-2013 at 03:43 PM.