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Old 05-09-2012, 08:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 4 month old GSD. We have had him since he was 8 weeks old. About 6 weeks ago he broke out in a rash. Took him to the vet and he had puppy dermatits, which the vet said is common in puppies. He gave us an antibiotic and a pill so that he's not so itchy. Cleared it up in about 2 weeks.

Well here we are again with the itchies. I have changed his food from Puppy Chow to Nature's Recipe, thinking that maybe his food was causing it. I did this Sunday gradually, but didn't have much puppy chow left so he had 2 bowls mixed. How long do I give the food a chance to work.

I feel so bad for him, itchy all the time.
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I have a 4 month old GSD. We have had him since he was 8 weeks old. About 6 weeks ago he broke out in a rash. Took him to the vet and he had puppy dermatits, which the vet said is common in puppies. He gave us an antibiotic and a pill so that he's not so itchy. Cleared it up in about 2 weeks.

Well here we are again with the itchies. I have changed his food from Puppy Chow to Nature's Recipe, thinking that maybe his food was causing it. I did this Sunday gradually, but didn't have much puppy chow left so he had 2 bowls mixed. How long do I give the food a chance to work.

I feel so bad for him, itchy all the time.
If it was a food allergy it could take up to six weeks to see a clear difference. Also there could be more than one allergy. After feeding the same food (first puppy version then adult) for most of her life Raina developed food allergies to most of the stuff in most mainstream food. When I had the blood allergy test done they also found allergens like pollen and flea bites. I cleared up the food issues by researching and changing foods. The pollen allergens I'm working on with auto-immune shots but I'm not sure they are working all that well. Good luck - allergies are a bear to deal with. Allermyl shampoo helps with the itchies because it has chlorhexidine in it.
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only about 2% of dog allergies are food related, rest are envriomental. Only way to know for sure is to take him to a dermatologist for allergy testing.

Signs of allergies are ear infections and swelling of the ear canals, chewing the feet and talk area.

I don't envy you, trying to find the cause of the allergy can run into a lot of money then allergy shots to keep itching under control are also expensive.

If its the grain in the wood try switching to a non grain, or raw food. If that helps then you know its food. If not then its something else he is allergic to, could be anything or a combination of things.

Good luck, I once heard of a horse that was allergic to hay. imagine dealing with that?
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Good luck, I once heard of a horse that was allergic to hay. imagine dealing with that?
I can beat that. I live on a coral island and my older GSD is allergic to coral dust. He gets lots of baths needless to say.
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and swelling of the ear canals, chewing the feet and <tail> area.
I have an itchy GSD, so we've spent plenty of time (and money!) at the dermatologist. Our specialist vet here says there are different itch-patterns for different allergies; fleas tend to cause irritation on the front and backs of the rear legs and on the top and bottom of the tail. Environmental allergies like pollen and particles often lead to inflamed footpads and licking on the stomach or tops of the legs. Chemical irritations or allergies to cleaning products can cause redness in the ears and gums.
Overall allergy suffering often causes the third eyelid to be extra prominent, which is always a good indication in my girl that benadryl is in short order.

I thought my dog's allergies were near 100% flea dermatitis, but since she kept getting secondary staph infections from all her itching we went in and did a serum test (which often shows false results for allergies). We got flea, pollen, dust mites, and storage mites. The first two make sense, dust mites and storage mites were a surprise to me. Storage mites occur when you're feeding dry food that has been sitting in inappropriate conditions for too long. I was confused, since we buy fresh bags twice a month and go through it in a matter of a week or so; but adding raw goat meat (bone in) and changing where I bought my food has helped. Comfortis has cut down on the flea allergies. Now we just have to wade through pollen season and keep the house super clean.

Good luck; allergy dogs are NO fun at all. The Cone of Shame makes frequent appearances at my house.
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I can beat that. I live on a coral island and my older GSD is allergic to coral dust. He gets lots of baths needless to say.
I remember the coral dust infections in people! Can't imagine having a dog allergic to it.
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I remember the coral dust infections in people! Can't imagine having a dog allergic to it.
It's not any fun for him or me. He gets lots of baths to make him comfortable though.
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At this young age I would look in the environment of the puppy vs thinking good allergy first (could be, not saying that).

Where is he itching?
Ruled out flea bites?
Using anything on the carpets (powder)?
Washed his bedding recently/changed soaps?
Using a Swiffer with the solution on hard floors?

Just some random thoughts...
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There are numerous typical reasons for itching and scratching in pet dogs.
Dog itches and scratches dermis regularly, but is unseen visible signs and symptoms of an issue, and scratches any specific area. Doghave a tendency toscratchparticularareas, yetvisibleindications ofan issueareminorto non-existents. Lossfuror flakey skinis common. One of the mostcommonintenseitchingdifficultiesfordogsis mange. Mange istriggerbymicroscopicinsects. Your dogwill experienceintenseitchiness.

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Edited some of what carson22 said, hopefully it makes more sense:

There are numerous typical reasons for itching and scratching in pet dogs.

Dog itches and scratches dermis regularly, but is unseen visible signs and symptoms of an issue, and scratches any specific area. Dog have a tendency to scratch particular areas, yet visible indications of an issue are minor to non-existent. Loss of fur or flakey skin is common. One of the most common intense itching difficulties for dogs is mange. Mange is triggered by microscopic insects. Your dog will experience intense itchiness.
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