Continuing diarrhea and itching - allergies??
I hope someone can help, I'm stumped and not sure what to do!
We got Rufus about 4 months ago from a shelter and since then he has had consistent problems with his digestion and also his skin.
From the first day we got him he's had bouts of diarrhea, which we thought he'd got over after a second course of metronidazole and a switch to Blue Mountain Basics - he's had firm poop for about 3 weeks now - but today the diarrhea returned.
When I asked our vet whether it was likely to be an allergy/intolerance, our vet though it was more likely to be a bacterial problem, hence the metronidazole.
He's also had skin complaints from the beginning, initially he had infected flea bites (he'd been a stray) and he was diagnosed with a flea allergy.
He occasionally creates a hotspot, but now he's licking his paws/ankles red raw. Every time he starts to do this we put the cone on him but we can't keep it on indefinitely and it's not breaking the habit.
He often gets little itchy red bumps too mostly on his legs and belly - but because of his flea allergy he's on both Comfortis and Advantix so I'm not sure what's causing them.
Basically I'm stumped - a neighbour recommended ZD hypoallergenic dog food but I don't know much about it, other than that you can only get it from a vet.
If anyone has any ideas I'd really appreciate it, I just don't now what's wrong with him!