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!
Look into The Honest Kitchen food. It is dehydrated raw, easy to prepare and they have about 6-7 varieties to choose from. They are based in San Diego so I'm sure some pet stores around you must carry it, if not they ship. They have good customer service if you want to call and ask questions.
This type of food has help my dog become normal. She was also itchy, red between toes, soft poops and would get bouts of colitis. All this is resolved now.
As it turned out, my dog does not have food allergies as the vet suspected, (well maybe allergies to something in kibble, but not whole, real natural food). She can eat any protein and have no reaction, but there is something about kibble that really irritates her.
Same boat, this is what we have done so far
We are in the middle of figuring out if our 4.5 month old puppy has allergies as well. Our initial symptoms were itching/chewing, loose stools, and what looked like hives on his belly. I'm doing a somewhat crash course and we didn't even know what to ask for or about at the beginning. It seems any Vet will need to rural out parasites, skin diseases (bacterial & fungal) before they move onto food or environmental allergies. Utah doesn't have fleas issue due to climate so we didn't start there. If your dog did have a bacterial issue, that might be easier to solve as we are into this a few thousand so far on Vet visits, tests, drugs and foods. Here is what we have tired so far:
Mite Tests & Treatment- test were negative and he still itched after 4 week treatment
Skin Biopsy-results pruritus, suspected underlaying allergic hypersensitivity
Nutriscan Test (we have 1 vet that questions integrity of this test and 1 that says it is a useful tool- I have a post on this on the forum)- results led to change in diet
Fungal test- in process, no results yet.
Benadryl- didn't work for us
Zyertec- didn't' work for us
Prednisone- worked, but side effects were too much, no longer on it
Cyclosporine- has to "load" in system, not as goo as prednisone, but better than OTC antihistamines. still using it
Ketoconazole- to assist absorption of cyclosporine
Hydroxyzine- prescription antihistamine (only a few days, jury still out)
Allermyl-Would reduce itching for 1-2 days
Chlorhexi- Just switched to this, jury still out.
The diet changes (nature's variety raw instinct Lamb limited ingredient) we made based on the nutriscan test have led to firmer poops and the itching has decreased but hasn't gone away. We are going to stick with these drugs and food for 5 more weeks and then think about skin testing for an environmental allergy.
Good luck and let me know if you find something that works that I might run by our Vets as a possibility.
Thank you both so much for the advice.
Rufus was tested for mites (negative) and he was also on Pred, but side effects were too much and I couldn't really see that it helped at all. Benadryl also has no effect.
Re: his stomach problems, our vet tested for Giardia and the other more common bacterial infections but it was negative. She suggested doing a much broader bacterial screening, but that was going to cost $250 so we first tried him on another course of Metro, which we thought had worked until yesterday.
I was worried his feet were being aggravated by the summer grass so we rinse them off in cool water after every trip outside, but so far that doesn't seem to be helping either.
I think another trip to the vet and a change in food is the only way forward - I will definitely take a look at The Honest Kitchen Gretchen, thank you!
And good luck Oliver'sMom, I really hope you get to the bottom of your pup's problems soon!
Please someone help. My nearly 6 month old puppy is going through some serious itching. This problem has been on-going for the past 3 months. She now has like a red rash on both ankles and she's constantly gnawing/nipping at it or scratching her fur every 5 min. The vet gave me the TrizChlor Shampoo which i will use on her during her bath tonight. Could it be the food causing this problem? Its either that or my dog has some serious allergies..
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Nature's Variety raw is very good too, we also use this, but more expensive than THK.
To - Oliver's mom, are you flea free in Utah? because even one flea if an animal has a flea allergy will bring on severe symptoms. We've had two cats with flea allergies. One flea and they will start to get scabs and itchy, irritated skin.
For environmental allergies, there are simple, but expensive blood tests. Our previous dog had this done, came back with 4 allergies, one was dust so I vacuumed a lot, especially under places you don't think about doing every week, under the bed, sofa and our home office furniture. Our dog eventually grew out of the allergies. Your dog is young, may he will also.
Just like you, the medications did not really help,, just gave us a different set of side effects. While our dog was itchy, the shampoos did help for a short time, but no cure.
[QUOTE=Gretchen;4184466]Nature's Variety raw is very good too, we also use this, but more expensive than THK.
To - Oliver's mom, are you flea free in Utah? because even one flea if an animal has a flea allergy will bring on severe symptoms. We've had two cats with flea allergies. One flea and they will start to get scabs and itchy, irritated skin.[QUOTE]
Fleas are incredibly rare in Utah. Not sure if it is due to the dry climate or hard winter freeze but we they really aren't an issue here (I'm in Salt Lake City) and I've never had to use flea products on previous dogs and it isn't something our vet recommends we use. That being said, Oliver did have 2 skin scrapings at different times when they thought he might have mites and so I assume those scrapings would have turn up fleas if they were present since the mites are smaller than fleas. I'm sure we make up for our lack of fleas in ticks, lyme's disease, mosquitos, and rattle snakes.
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